Mobile, Ala. (April 28th, 2014) – As the deadly storm system that struck Arkansas and Oklahoma moves into the Gulf Coast area, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama stands ready to respond however and wherever needed. Our emergency personnel throughout Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi (ALM) are closely monitoring conditions, and have put all local units on stand-by.
Salvation Army offices throughout ALM have more than 20 mobile feeding units (canteens) – including TWO permanently stationed in Mobile – as well as a fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response. In addition to food and hydration, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide clean-up kits, hygiene kits, shower units, first-aid supplies, communication support, and most importantly, spiritual and emotional support to all victims and first responders.
The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama will be preparing our canteens this morning (both located at 1009 Dauphin Street), stocking them with supplies in case of deployment. Our largest canteen is capable of producing 1,000 meals a day, and our smaller unit is capable of maneuvering through hard-hit areas to reach the victims and responders.
“The Salvation Army has a uniquely strong network of emergency response teams that are ready to be mobilized locally, regionally or nationally. We know that these storms can be devastating and deadly, and we are here to serve those in need,” explains Major Mark Brown, Area Commander.
The Salvation Army will continue to keep the media informed on our efforts as plans become finalized.
For anyone interested in supporting the emergency relief efforts of The Salvation Army, they can:
· Give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org
· Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) to donate by credit card
· Text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation from your mobile phone (To confirm your gift, respond with the work “Yes.”)