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Update on Hurricane Isaac and How You Can Help in the Relief Efforts

Hurricane Isaac lingered over the Gulf Coast this morning, brutalizing southeast Louisiana with 80 mile per hour winds, torrential rain and the threat of devastating floods.  Federal officials have warned that Isaac can produce high seas, strong rain and severe flooding along the coast and inland from Louisiana, and across Mississippi and Alabama to Florida.

The Salvation Army is staging emergency response teams in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other states.  The Salvation Army is prepared to serve those affected by the storm by utilizing 24 mobile feeding units (canteens) and a fully functional 54-foot field kitchen.  Together, these feeding units are capable of providing more than 31,000 meals a day.  In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene kits
  • Shower units
  • First-aid supplies

Waves from the Santa Rosa Sound crash over the Navarre Beach causeway in Navarre, Fla., Tuesday as Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast. (AP/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)

In Florida, The Salvation Army continues to serve meals and drinks to survivors and first responders in the Wellington and Lake Worth communities that are experiencing massive flooding and widespread power outages.  Since Saturday, throughout the state of Florida, The Salvation Army has provided 1,619 meals, 1,770 drinks, 296 showers and prayed with 554 individuals.  Read more here.

Salvation Army shelters throughout the Gulf Coast are serving residents in need of shelter with many locations at the maximum capacity in New Orleans, Pascaguloua, MS, and Mobile, AL.  Read more here.

A local news station stopped by The Salvation Army shelter in Mobile, AL last night which housed many residents looking for a safe place to sleep because of the storm.

Monetary donations are the most critical need.  The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).  Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”  Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301.  Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

Your donations make a real difference.

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit.
  • A $100 donation serves snacks and drinks to 125 survivors and emergency personnel.
  • A $250 donation provides one hot meal to 100 persons or keeps a hydration station operational for 24 hours.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

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