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Get Ready, America: The National Hurricane Survival Initiative

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most destructive storms ever to make landfall in North America: Hurricane Andrew. “Get Ready, America! The National Hurricane Survival Initiative” will look back on the devastation wrought by Andrew in 1992, the lessons learned since then, and what you need to know and do to stay safe before, during and after hurricane season. The Salvation Army is proud to partner with Ron Sachs Communications and other partners to bring you this important video message about hurricane safety and preparedness.

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Salvation Army Continuing to Shelter Tonight In Mobile AL After Isaac

Mobile, AL (August 29, 2012) – In the last 48 hours, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama has served around 800 meals to those seeking refuge from Isaac, and more than 100 people looking for a safe and dry place to sleep have taken refuge in our emergency shelter.

The emergency shelter will stay open again tonight, and we will provide updated meal and shelter totals as we get them. The Salvation Army hopes to return to normal shelter and residential program operations after breakfast is served tomorrow, but we will re-evaluate in the morning based on immediate and urgent needs at that time.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama officially opened its 24-hour emergency shelter on Tuesday for anyone who had nowhere safe to go during Hurricane Isaac. But Monday night, we fed and housed anyone who needed somewhere to sleep, because the threat of flooding had closed alternate shelter locations. During this time of emergency, The Salvation Army is providing three meals a day, as well as physical and emotional support to some of our most vulnerable neighbors affected by the storm.

“With torrential rain still falling (and expected to continue overnight into tomorrow) – and news just received that other emergency shelters are closing down before tonight – The Salvation Army expects an even greater demand for its meals and emergency accommodation tonight,” says Major Mark Brown, Commander for The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama.

He adds, “Already this evening we are seeing more people enjoying a warm and nutritious evening meal, and it is really great and heartwarming to see people who are facing some of life’s toughest challenges laughing and simply making the best of what could be a dangerous, even tragic, situation.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season:
Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Begins Service Deployment in Gulf Coast Communities

Alexandria, VA (August 29, 2012)—As Tropical Storm Isaac slowly moves northward through Louisiana, Salvation Army personnel are in the early stages of deployment efforts throughout impacted regions along the Gulf Coast. The storm, which made landfall as a hurricane last night, has already caused significant flooding throughout the region including in Plaquemines Parish, about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans. The Salvation Army has been providing food and hydration to residents of Florida and will begin deployment of mobile kitchens along the Gulf Coast today.

The Salvation Army currently has 60 personnel, 24 mobile feeding units, and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen stationed along the coast in Hattiesburg, MS; Baton Rouge, LA and Gulfport, MS – all staged for quick response. In Gulfport, The Salvation Army deployed a mobile kitchen to a shelter at West Harrison High School to provide food to survivors there. These units have a combined feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals per day.

“With the amount of rain and flooding that Tropical Storm Isaac has produced in Gulf Coast communities, we expect there to be a high level of need throughout the region,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our mobile kitchens and staff are strategically positioned and already beginning to move into impacted regions.”

In coastal communities, The Salvation Army is also seeing an increase of homeless people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep due to Isaac. In New Orleans, Pascagoula, MS and Mobile, AL, Salvation Army homeless shelters are filled to maximum capacity. For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings with it memories of previous storms, including Hurricane Katrina.

For the homeless filling shelters and other community members in need of support, The Salvation Army has personnel onsite, trained to provide spiritual and emotional care on the front lines during and after the storm. The Salvation Army’s ministry of presence provides compassionate care to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance.

“During a hurricane or other disaster, residents are often looking for someone to talk to or even a shoulder to cry on,” said Major Hood. “We know that our role is not only to meet the needs of the individual physically, but also the emotional and spiritual needs that can come with stressful times.”

Through combined efforts in the state of Florida, The Salvation Army has already provided 560 instances of spiritual and emotional care, as well as 3,000 meals, 20,000 drinks, 4,000 snacks and 8,000 cases of bottled water. The Salvation Army has a mobile kitchen and truck unit providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors in West Palm Beach.

Additionally, two mobile feeding are providing hot meals and cold bottled water in the Wellington and Lake Worth communities after Isaac left the areas with flooding and power outages. The Salvation Army is also supporting first responders and survivors with hydration in downtown Tampa and surrounding areas.

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
• Communications support

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed of all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

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.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Tropical Storm Isaac, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

The Salvation Army Supports Isaac’s Forgotten Population

Jackson, MS (August 28, 2012)—Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are actively serving residents of Hurricane Isaac impacted areas.

In New Orleans, Pascagoula, Miss. and Mobile, Ala. Salvation Army Homeless Shelters are filled to maximum capacity.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is already seeing an increase of people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

“Scared,” explains one man waiting outside The Salvation Army. “I’ve been through seven hurricanes, and I’m scared.”

With tropical storm conditions forecasted overnight, The Salvation Army is expecting more people to line up looking for shelter. Those numbers could swell even higher because the Waterfront Rescue Mission has closed through Thursday, due to its location.

“In emergency situations, we will open our doors to as many people as possible who are in need of a safe place to sleep. We will continue to provide shelter to the homeless throughout storm,” said Major Mark Brown, Coastal Alabama Area Commander.

For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings back anxious memories of previous storms. Herman Southland was living in Bayou la Batre when Hurricane Katrina hit. He woke up in the middle of the night to find his home flooded. Southland and his wife cut through their ceiling and spent two days on their roof, waiting for rescue. Now he’s homeless, and worries that he could get stranded again.

Another man explains that without a shelter like The Salvation Army, he is forced to sleep in parking garages during a storm.

The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in New Orleans continues to make accommodations for the influx of homeless seeking shelter from the storm. Already near capacity prior to Hurricane Isaac, the homeless shelter has now begun placing temporary cots around the building to handle the overflow.

In Pascagoula, Miss. fifty-five men, women and children enjoyed a hot lunchtime meal and will ride out the storm.

The Salvation Army Homeless and Emergency shelter operates 365 days a year, providing shelter, feeding and emotional support.

“The Salvation Army shelter in Pascagoula runs like a well oiled machine,” stated Major Terry Ray, Area Commander for The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast Area Command. “They are always ready to take in those in need and share the love of Jesus with all.”

Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast continue to mobilize to respond to Hurricane Isaac, as it moves inland tonight. Army units in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and one fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response. Additionally, The Salvation Army is prepared to supplement Gulf Coast states with canteens from inland states, as was necessary in response to Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Drinking water
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org) and
• Emotional/spiritual care

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season 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 Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.