ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Salvation Army is activating its Emergency Disaster Services to meet the immediate needs of survivors and first responders affected by Hurricane Delta and those still feeling the effects of Hurricanes Laura and Sally.
"This storm is heading toward an area of the country that has already seen so much destruction from hurricanes this year," said Jeff Jellets, Emergency Disaster Services director for The Salvation Army's Southern Territory. "The Salvation Army is still on the ground serving those affected by Laura and Sally, and we will continue to lend a hand for however long our services are needed after Delta makes landfall."
Additional assistance will be provided by two-time GRAMMY Award winner and 2020 Billboard Music Award nominee Lauren Daigle as she teams up with The Salvation Army to provide relief to those in need in her home state of Louisiana. To help with relief efforts, Daigle will stream a benefit concert for those affected by Laura, Sally, and now, Delta on October 11 which was recorded at the historic Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to The Salvation Army and American Red Cross and their efforts to provide direct support, meals and shelter for those affected.
Disaster Preparedness Overview (October 9) — 3 p.m. EDT
The Salvation Army's Southern Territory is prepared for the most extreme effects of Hurricane Delta:
- A disaster leadership team and strike force of ten (10) mobile feeding units is staging in Beaumont, Texas today; these units will quickly deploy after the storm clears to begin providing emergency assistance.
- 32 additional mobile feeding units in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are also on standby to serve survivors and first responders
- Each mobile feeding unit can serve 500 to 1,500 meals per day
- Additional leadership personnel, feeding units, and specialized relief equipment such as mobile command posts, generators, and shower trailers based in Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas, are also ready to deploy as needed.
- Thousands of ready-to-eat meals have been pre-staged and The Salvation Army is partnering with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief which is deploying a 10,000-meal capacity field kitchen to the Beaumont, Texas staging site.
- Salvation Army disaster personnel are collaborating with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and other partners to prepare for service delivery post-landfall.
- The Salvation Army is also providing emotional and spiritual care for those in the path of the storm via their Hope Hotline at 1-844-458-HOPE (4673) between 9 a.m. and 12 a.m. EDT.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Laura and Sally, The Salvation Army has continued to serve those impacted. In cities such as Lake Charles, La., and Pensacola, Fla., services and resources are still being provided to survivors and responders.
- The response to Hurricanes Laura and Sally (Louisiana, Texas, Florida and Alabama) to date has included:
- Over 442,000 meals served
- More than 4,600 clean-up kits handed out
- Over 4,600 orders of infant supplies delivered
- More than 7,800 people received emotional and spiritual care through our Hope Hotline and in-person meetings
- Nearly 380 Salvation Army disaster workers have given over 91,000 hours of service
A digital media kit with B-roll, a fact sheet, photography and social media assets can be found here.
With more than 7,600 centers of operation in the U.S., The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to support survivors of widescale disasters. The storm comes on the heels of a busy hurricane season, during which The Salvation Army has been meeting ongoing needs after Hurricanes Laura and Sally.
In addition to disaster relief, The Salvation Army has been providing social services to those impacted by COVID-19. Since the beginning of March, The Salvation Army has provided over 100 million meals to those suffering from food insecurity, emotional and spiritual care to over 857,000 people in need of a caring voice and listening ear, and more than 1.6 million nights of shelter for those without a place to call home.
In light of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has evolved service delivery with extra precautions such as social distancing at food distribution sites, adapted feeding models and updated personal protective equipment requirements.
For more information on The Salvation Army's continued response, visit salvationarmyusa.org or disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
To make a financial gift to support ongoing disaster relief efforts:
- Donate online: give.helpsalvationarmy.org
- Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. During times of disaster, 100 percent of designated donations to The Salvation Army are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. In the first-ever listing of "America's Favorite Charities" by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country's largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.
SOURCE The Salvation Army