Isaac Updates, Where We Are Serving

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll prepares meals to Salvation Army volunteers in Tampa. (courtesy of The Salvation Army Florida Division's Facebook page:

Throughout its trek northward since making landfall on Louisiana’s coastline Tuesday night, Hurricane Isaac has dumped more than a foot of water in some places and created substantial flooding throughout the area.

The town of Plaquemines Parish, about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans, may be receiving the worst of the flooding. Torrential rain that has continued for more than a day caused water to spill over the top of a critical levee Wednesday, stranding some residents and forcing others to flee.

With 60 personnel, 24 mobile feeding units and a 54-food field kitchen stationed in Hattiesburg, MS; Baton Rouge, LA; and Gulfport, MS, The Salvation Army is well-equipped to continue serving those impacted by this disaster. As of last night, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama’s 24-hour emergency shelter had provided beds and served 800 meals and counting to those seeking refuge from Isaac. In the coastal communities of New Orleans, Pascagoula, MS and Mobile, AL, Salvation Army shelters are filled to maximum capacity.

A long line of folks looking for a hot meal and a safe place to sleep at The Salvation Army in Mobile, AL

Serving a hot meal to visitors of the The Salvation Army shelter in Mobile, AL

This gives The Salvation Army a unique opportunity to lend emotional and spiritual support to those suffering in the wake of this storm.

“During a hurricane or other disaster, residents are often looking for someone to talk to or even a shoulder to cry on,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army, US. “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.”

In the coastal communities of New Orleans, Pascagoula, MS and Mobile, AL, Salvation Army shelters are filled to maximum capacity.

In Hattiesburg, MS, The Salvation Army has been serving residents along the central Gulf Coast with food, snacks, water and by providing emotional and spiritual care. Click here for a list of locations of where we are serving in Mississippi.

The Salvation Army is prepared for long-term recovery response due to structural damage, flooding and power outages. This includes meeting the material, physical and spiritual needs of anyone impacted through this storm.
The best way for you to donate to our relief efforts is by making a financial donation. This allows us to meet the unique requests of individuals and families in need. To donate, please visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.To make a quick and easy $10 donation, text the word “STORM” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes”.

Checks may be designated with “2012 Hurricane Season” and addressed:

The Salvation Army Disaster Relief

PO BOX 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and 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.