VICTORIA, Texas - The Salvation Army across the southern United States are actively preparing to assist with hurricane Dorian.
Hurricane Dorian already tore through the Bahamas and is now headed towards the U.S.
"At this time we have already deployed our Incident Management Team which is our initial team that goes in and sets up and prepares for our other disaster units that will be coming in, explains Capt, Kenny Jones, Salvation Army, Victoria. "This is an 11 man team that will go in and set up our operations center."
This team is deployed to Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian's United States landfall.
"We've got about 65 trucks already lined up that are going to be deployed to Florida. The team will determine at what point we need to deploy our trucks. We will have trucks coming from all over the southern territory, which would be Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia," explains Capt. Jones.
Our local Salvation Army will not be deployed because we don't have an emergency mobile food kitchens.
"We don't have an emergency canteen, so we are not going to be deployed as far as equipment. It is possible depending upon the size of the recovery efforts needed, I, myself might be deployed," tells Capt. Jones.
This hurricane won't just affect Florida so some other Salvation Army units will be headed to eastern seaboard states also in the potential path of Dorian.
"Salvation army units that will initially deploy will then become involved in their own recovery efforts because several others states will be in the path of the hurricane," adds Capt. Jones.
Captain Jones adds it's an honor to be a part of an organization that lends a helping hand.
"Whatever that Intel, whether its helping the homeless here locally, whether we travel to help those that are affected by the disasters. Of course, we are not just talking about hurricane, we're talking about earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, and mass shootings," declares Capt. Jones.
Below is the official press release from the Salvation Army Headquarters:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director, 214-956-6243
Salvation Army Texas EDS Team Deploying to Florida Ahead of Anticipated Hurricane Dorian Response
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams across the south are actively preparing for the possibility of a significant response to Hurricane Dorian. The powerful storm is expected to make landfall over Labor Day weekend, with the eastern coastline of Florida directly in the projected track of the storm.
An 11-person Incident Management Team along with five mobile kitchens and five Rapid Response Units from Texas will be deploying on Monday, headed to Florida, led by Alvin Migues, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Texas Division. Team members are specially trained in key areas of emergency disaster response and will potentially oversee and coordinate relief efforts in a designated area with a typical deployment lasting 14 days.
“One of the strengths of The Salvation Army emergency disaster response efforts is our ability to mobilize quickly and provide effective and timely assistance to affected areas,” said Migues. “Our primary responsibility is the delivery of meals, snacks and hydration to first responders and to the communities in the path of the storm. We also help facilitate cleanup efforts, provide emotional and spiritual support and remain to support long-term recovery programs that can sometimes span several months following a large-scale event.”
The Salvation Army Florida Division currently has more than 30 mobile kitchen units and crews prepared and on standby. Salvation Army EDS teams and response vehicles in neighboring states are poised to provide additional response once the impact of Hurricane Dorian becomes clear.
The Salvation Army provides a comprehensive disaster training curriculum that includes both online courses and training events led by full-time, professional EDS staff. Trained volunteers, employees and Salvation Army officers provide the manpower to support rapidly scalable response efforts.
“The Salvation Army will be there to feed, support and pray with those who find themselves in a time of crisis after the storm, all in the name of Jesus,” said Migues.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services and the developing situation regarding Hurricane Dorian response, visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
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 a broad 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.
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