SAVANNAH, GA. – September 29, 2022 –The Salvation Army of Savannah is preparing resources and personnel to meet the immediate needs of survivors and first responders as Hurricane Ian departs Florida after its historic landfall. Ian comes just days after Hurricane Fiona ravaged Puerto Rico, where The Salvation Army is still serving survivors and first responders. As Hurricane Ian is tracking toward Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency, and The Salvation Army of Savannah is on standby.
Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm the night of Wednesday, Sept. 28, on the west coast of Florida. If Ian stays on its projected path, it will mark the first direct impact of a hurricane in the area since 1921. Main concerns include a heavy storm surge leading to severe flooding conditions along the coastline. With the entire state of Florida now under a state of emergency. As Georgia is now under a state of emergency, The Salvation Army is “carefully monitoring Hurricane Ian and have mobile feeding units and disaster response teams along the Florida coast prepared to respond,” said Major Paul Egan, Officer for The Salvation Army of Savannah. Of those mobile feeding units, The Salvation Army of Georgia has 21 mobile feeding units and one field kitchen that is ready to mobilize. About 1 million residents are planning to evacuate ahead of landfall, The Salvation Army is positioning resources and personnel to respond to widespread needs as efficiently as possible, and The Salvation Army of Georgia is prepared to take in thousands of evacuees ahead of their anticipated arrival.
“Disaster relief is always about the long game,” said Lanita Lloyd, Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “It’s about helping people to get their houses and their communities rebuilt. It’s also about providing long-term emotional and spiritual care to disaster survivors as much as we can, because sometimes the recovery on the inside can be harder than the recovery on the outside.”
Disaster response updates can be found below:
Ian Prep/Initial Response:
• Nationally, The Salvation Army has as many as 37 mobile feeding units and one field kitchen ready to mobilize across the impacted area immediately after the worst effects of the storm are realized.
o Each unit can feed 500-1,500 people per day.
• The Salvation Army has also started to serve some of the predicted 1M evacuees at a few shelters in Florida and Georgia.
• Two major warehouses in Tampa, Florida, and McDonough, Georgia, (near Atlanta) are being prepped with food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and anything else that will be needed by the thousands of people in the storm’s path.
• In addition to these efforts, The Salvation Army of Savannah is providing meals and support to workers at the Emergency Operations Center while preparing for the local community’s response.
Due to the state of emergency announcement made by Gov. Brian Kemp, The Salvation Army disaster personnel are collaborating with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies and other social services organizations such as the Southern Baptist Feeding Kitchens to monitor ongoing impacts and adapt response efforts.
For more information about The Salvation Army of Savannah’s response in the local community, please contact Center of Hope Director Linda James at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-651-7420. To learn more about The Salvation Army’s continued response, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
To make a financial gift to support Hurricane relief efforts:
One-hundred percent of designated disaster donations go to direct services for survivors and first responders. At this time, we are not accepting gifts in kind.
About The Salvation Army of Savannah
Since 1900, The Salvation Army of Savannah has been serving our community for 122 years.
About The Salvation Army USA:
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 25 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,200 centers of operation around the country. During times of disaster, 100% of designated donations to The Salvation Army are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked No. 2 on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.