The Salvation Army will begin rolling 46 mobile mass feeding units up the east coast of Florida today according to Steve Dick, Salvation Army Director of Development for the State of Florida, as they learn where Matthew will hit the hardest. Each mobile unit can feed up to 1,500 hot meals on site per day. The Sarasota, Florida Salvation Army’s canteen and crew are on standby for deployment tomorrow morning to affected areas along the east coast. According to Captain Andy Bailey, they will join with other Salvation Army crews from across the South to provide emergency assistance. The same Salvation Army policies and procedures are in place for responders in Georgia and the Carolinas. If you are in need or to find out if a Salvation Army Canteen Unit is near you, contact 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to salvationarmy.org. For up-to-the-minute news of Hurricane Matthew’s track and disaster relief efforts go to disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
The American Red Cross will be providing shelters for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Anyone who plans to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring necessary prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents, and other comfort items. They should also include any special items for children (such as diapers, formula, and toys) or family members who have unique needs.
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To reach a Red Cross near you:
Florida’s Space Coast Chapter | Brevard, Flagler, Volusia Counties | (321) 890-1002
Greater Orlando Chapter | Orange, Osceola, Seminole Counties | (407) 894-4141
Mid-Florida Chapter | Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, Polk, Sumter Counties | (863) 295-5941
Southeast & Coastal Georgia | Savannah, GA | (912) 651-5300
Lowcountry South Carolina | North Charleston, SC | (843) 764-2323
Eastern South Carolina | Myrtle Beach, SC | (843) 477-0020
Cape Fear Chapter | Wilmington Office | (910) 762-9663
Northeastern North Carolina Chapter | Greenville Office | 252) 355-3800
Local and State Emergency Operations Centers will also be providing mass feedings, shelters, and ambulance services to help with the unmet needs in their community. You can find this information from your local television and radio stations or visit the following sites:
Florida Division of Emergency Management: floridadisaster.org
Georgia Emergency Management: gema.ga.gov
South Carolina Emergency Management Division: scemd.org
North Carolina Public Safety: ncdps.gov