Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, August 29, on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as a category 4 hurricane. Now, with the death toll rising, one million Americans still without power and over a foot of rainfall in some areas, The Salvation Army is providing assistance and relief to survivors and first responders.
The Salvation Army continues their massive operation to meet immediate need through feeding, sheltering, emotional and spiritual care, and other services for those affected by power outages and torrential flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi. Emergency response teams are already on the ground in Louisiana and surrounding states, with additional canteens, supplies and volunteers on the way.
“Power is still out in Louisiana and many parts of Mississippi and now the states are experiencing rising temperatures,” said Jeff Jelletts, Emergency Disaster Services Director of The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory. “Despite these hurdles, we are continuing with our mission to provide relief to as many survivors as possible. Our teams are equipped with supplies, food and water and are prepared to provide emotional and spiritual support to our neighbors. Financial contributions continue to be the best way to support response efforts so we can continue to provide assistance.”
Disaster Preparedness Overview (August 31, 2021 | As of 11 a.m. ET)
- Staging centers for relief supplies and assets have been established in Beaumont, TX and Jackson, MS
- Three incident management teams have been deployed to Louisiana from surrounding states.
- Two are staging in New Orleans, and one in Gonzales.
- Over 140,000 meals are already prepared for distribution
- As many as 55 mobile feeding units are en route to serve food, drinks, supplies and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.
- Each mobile feeding unit can serve 500 to 1,500 meals per day.
- The Salvation Army is working in partnership with the Southern Baptists who will be deploying three field kitchens with the capacity to serve 15,000 meals
- Fixed Corps locations are being prepared to provide feeding and other needed support to those affected.
- Salvation Army disaster personnel are collaborating with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies and other partners to respond to and monitor potential impacts and evolve response efforts as needed.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Ida relief:
- Visit helpsalvationarmy.org
- Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Text GIVE to 52000 to donate $10 automatically through your cell phone bill