The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma Responds to Hurricane Sally

Oklahoma City, OK (September 16, 2020) Even as Hurricane Sally took aim at Alabama and Florida this week, The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma was preparing to help those impacted by the storm.

According to Major John Birks, Assistant Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma, The Salvation Army is responding with five mobile feeding units and crews to provide meals, snacks, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the storm and first responders. Each of the mobile kitchens (canteens) can serve up to 1,500 meals per day.  Canteens from Bartlesville, Lawton, and Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas are being deployed as well as crews from Chickasha and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In addition to the equipment and personnel being deployed for Hurricane Sally, the division continues to support relief efforts in response to the hurricane which hit just three weeks ago.  To date, three rapid response units (catering trucks) and 15 personnel have been deployed to help those affected by Hurricane Laura.

Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.  Torrential rain with significant flooding is expected, particularly in western Florida.

Captain Joshua Robinett, Area Commander for Northwest Arkansas, where a team from Fayetteville is deploying, states, “2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. With the devastation caused by these hurricanes, residents along the Gulf Coast have it even harder. To have the ability to lighten their load and provide some hope is a great privilege.”

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

  • Mail:   Mail checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    Please designate ‘Hurricane Season 2020 Disaster Relief’ OR the specific name of disaster (i.e., Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Sally, etc.) on all checks.
  • Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Our prayers are with the impacted communities all along the Gulf Coast.

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

                                                      

Lake Charles, Louisiana (September 13, 2020)— The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division is preparing for a major emergency disaster response for the second time in less than a month as Tropical Storm Sally threatens the gulf coast—even as active Hurricane Laura relief is currently ongoing in Lake Charles. According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Sally is currently projected to strengthen into a hurricane on Monday and then move slowly northward near the southeastern Louisiana or Mississippi coasts through Tuesday.

The need in Laura-ravaged Lake Charles is still great, where The Salvation Army is continuing to serve an average of 9,000-10,000 meals each day. To date, The Salvation Army has provided over 260,000 meals in response to Hurricane Laura throughout affected areas of Louisiana and Texas—nearly 200,000 of those meals were provided in Lake Charles alone.

The oncoming threat of Sally is causing The Salvation Army to reassess the placement of already thin-stretched resources and personnel in its Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division. “Helping people at their point of need is what The Salvation Army does best. Nobody wants back-to-back disasters, but we will be there to help whenever and wherever disaster strikes,” said Terry Lightheart, Salvation Army ALM Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director.

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army is by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/LakeCharlesCorps, www.facebook.com/salarmyalm/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week.

 

 

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