UPDATE 9/3: Georgia Emergency Disaster Services Activates

Atlanta, GA (September 3, 2019) – The Salvation Army of Georgia activated feeding and hydration service to emergency disaster personnel and evacuees in coastal Georgia areas and around the state as Hurricane Dorian slowly churned northward just off the Florida coast. It is anticipated Hurricane Dorian will stay just off the Florida and Georgia coasts, but a small deviation inland could make a huge difference.

“The coastal areas of Georgia may be strongly impacted by Dorian’s intense winds and tidal surge,” says Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergence Disaster Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We continue to assess and evaluate the situation to ensure The Salvation Army are there for people in their time of need.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order for a mandatory evacuation for Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties and for a westerly traffic contraflow on Georgia I-16 to aid in the evacuation process. Many of these evacuees will need meals and drinks and the Salvation Army is ensuring they will be there for them to provide aid and comfort.

“The Salvation Army is currently supporting emergency disaster personnel, evacuees, and shelters across the state of Georgia with feeding and hydration services.” says Captain Jason Smith, Georgia Incident Commander. “In addition, every Salvation Army canteen in Georgia will be on alert and ready for deployment to help when and where needed.”

The Salvation Army has 21 canteens (mobile feeding units) positioned across Georgia, each capable of serving 500-1,500 meals per day and ready to deploy. The Salvation Army locations currently feeding emergency service personnel and evacuees and the anticipated number of people served include: Savannah – 2,000, Augusta – 1,200, Macon – 1,200, Columbus – 850, and Waycross – 250.

The Salvation Army of Georgia Hurricane Dorian Incident Management Team, currently located in Atlanta, GA, is in constant communication with state and local officials to coordinate efforts and respond effectively as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.

How You Can Help

The best way to help survivors and relief workers in a disaster is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Dorian relief:

  • Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    • Designate ‘2019 Hurricane – Dorian’ on all checks

                                                                                                                     

ATLANTA, GA (August 31, 2019) – The Salvation Army of Georgia is planning its emergency disaster service efforts well in advance of a Hurricane Dorian landfall. As the latest tracking models predict a bend in the track of the second hurricane of the Atlantic season north towards the Peach State, Lieutenant Colonel William Mockabee marshaled The Salvation Army of Georgia leadership to review options to ensure resources and professionally trained Salvation Army emergency personnel are ready.

“Hurricane Dorian has the potential to be a powerful storm,” Says Lieutenant Colonel Mockabee, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We are ready and poised to minister in the name of Jesus to those who may be impacted — to be there for them in their time of need.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia has 21 mobile feeding units (canteens) which can be stationed to quickly provide feeding, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care throughout any impacted areas.

A Salvation Army Incident Management Team (IMT) stands ready to go into action to organize and coordinate relief efforts should Dorian impact Georgia. Currently, The Salvation Army of Georgia is participating in Georgia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) conference calls and are working with the State Operations Center to collaborate with emergency response partners to ensure awareness of how to best provide Salvation Army resources across Georgia. In addition, local Salvation Army leadership is communicating with local emergency managers and community leaders to plan ahead and determine potential needs.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” says Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia, “Once we see exactly if and how Hurricane Dorian impacts our state, we will be able to deploy our resources as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.”

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Dorian relief:

  • Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    • Designate ‘2019 Hurricane – Dorian’ on all checks

 

 

 

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