Salvation Army Readies for Debby - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Salvation Army Readies for Debby

Jackson, Miss. (June 24, 2012) – Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Debby which is  forecast to develop into Hurricane Debby .  Salvation Army offices in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response.  

The storm system is forecast to drop large amounts of rain and produce a storm surge of two to four feet on parts of south Louisiana and Mississippi with the potential for widespread flooding across the region. Additionally, areas in the storm's path are expected to experience extended periods of strong winds with the potential for tornado activity.

 "The Salvation Army is taking every precaution necessary to ready equipment and supplies to provide emergency relief services as needed to anyone who may be impacted by the storm," stated Major Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army's Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division. "As the storm approaches, we encourage residents throughout the potentially impacted states to prepare themselves and be alert to severe weather conditions."

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
·        Emotional/spiritual care

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

"It is imperative that residents of New Orleans and the central Gulf Coast region heed all warnings and orders associated with this storm system, regardless of its path," said Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army's ALM Division.

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