The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi is prepared for the impact of Tropical Storm Cindy along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) of The Salvation Army asked all 31 Corps and 16 service centers across the three-state area to ready equipment and disaster personnel for deployment should the need arise.
“The first priority for The Salvation Army is to ensure its Officers, staff and volunteers are safe and that the facilities and equipment are secure,” said Terry Lightheart, EDS Director, The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. “However, we are also ready to respond and provide support to those who will potentially be impacted from this storm.”
The Salvation Army is working closely with state and local emergency management to monitor where the storm could possibly have the greatest impact. This also helps coordinate where to send out personnel and equipment, such as mobile feeding units which provide hot meals, hydration and snacks.
Alvin Migues, Emergency Services Director for The Salvation Army Texas Division said, “We have two mobile kitchens in the Houston area on standby and multiple response teams across the Southeast Texas region preparing to support potential relief efforts if called upon. These units include Freeport, Texas City, Galveston, Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur and Bryan College Station.”
Governor Abbott has increased the State Operations Center to Level 3 - Increased Readiness – and Kathy Clark, The Salvation Army State Liaison, is in place in Austin at the State Operations Center. The State Feeding Task Force was also activated on Wednesday, of which Migues is the lead. Daily coordination calls will take place to provide for any mass feeding needs. Approximately 150 Search and Rescue personnel are being staged in Orange County, an area that has experienced widespread flooding in recent years.
“The Salvation Army will continue to closely monitor the developing situation as Tropical Storm Cindy slowly moves through the region,” said Migues. “Our Officers, staff and volunteers will remain on standby and prepared to respond wherever needed.”
These updates were first posted on The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services website, here: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/Tags: Disaster Services