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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 2, 2020) –As Tropical Storm Isaias brushes the Florida coast and continues up the southeast US coast, all 49 units of The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina are on standby, ready to respond. Additional watches and warnings will likely be issued later today by the National Hurricane Center as Isaias is expected to move northward along the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts. Isaias is expected to track north of the Carolinas by Tuesday afternoon. For the lastest information visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov
”Our trained officers and disaster services staff continue monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias and stand ready to meet the needs of impacted communities,” said Lt, Colonel Jim Arrowood, divisional commander of The Salvation Army of the Carolinas. “We are praying for the safety of people in the path of the storm and will continue to pray as we are called in to provide care after the storm passes.”
The Salvation Army encourages all residents in potentially vulnerable areas to review personal safety plans, become familiar with local evacuation zones in coastal counties, and locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes. Information is available at www.scemd.org and www.readync.org. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 1, 2020) –The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane ISAIAS as it continues to make its way toward the United States. The future track of ISAIAS is yet uncertain, but current models are showing the storm making a northward then northeastward turn toward the east coast. All local Salvation Army locations are readying for response if the storm impacts the Carolinas.
“We have alerted all Salvation Army locations to closely monitor the storm and to be ready for local response,” said Mike Patterson, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina. “At this point we are watching, waiting, and preparing for service. We pray that our preparations will not be necessary, but we are ready when called by our emergency management partners.”
In a disaster, The Salvation Army coordinates with community agencies and emergency management to strategically provide meals, drinks, and spiritual and emotional support to first responders and disaster survivors. Part of the planning and preparation for this hurricane season with the COVID-19 pandemic is to maintain the safety of their workers, volunteers and those The Salvation Army serves by adopting procedures and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including the use of face coverings or masks, hand sanitizer and the practice of physical distancing.