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The Salvation Army in Nashville Deploys local officer to the East Coast in preparation for Hurricane Florence

[Nashville, TN] (September 12, 2018) – Lt. Nathaniel Revaula, the Corps Officer for The Salvation in Nashville’s South Campus, has been deployed along with 14 other staff members from across the Kentucky-Tennessee Division in preparation of The Salvation Army’s national response to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

 

Lt. Revaula, along with the hundreds of other Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers, are poised to enter effected areas to provide water, hot meals and emotional and spiritual care immediately after Hurricane Florence subsides. Personnel safety is always a priority, guiding when and where The Salvation Army places people, vehicles, and supplies ahead of disaster response. “You have to have the resources on hand for immediate and life changing response to survivors and responders, and they have to be safe,” said Bo Sells, the Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Amy across Kentucky and Tennessee.

 

During the night, Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, shifted south, decreasing likely potential to northeastern Virginia and increasing the threat to coastal Georgia.  “We prepare and plan using the best forecasts and information available to us.  That means, adjusting as the situation changes,” shared Sells.  The resources from Kentucky and Tennessee may be redirected to meet the changing needs in response to the shifting hurricane tact.  “We go where the need is.” As always in times of disaster, The Salvation Army will remain to assist survivors until those needs are met.

 

“Leveraging a network of resources and personnel, staff and volunteers, throughout the United States, The Salvation Army is able to meet the needs of the entire person—body and spirit – quickly and effectively,” Major Jim Arrowood, who as Divisional Commander is responsible for The Salvation Army’s work throughout the Kentucky and Tennessee Division.  “This holistic approach is part of what makes The Salvation Army unique and meaningful in everyday lives, but particularly in times of disaster,” Arrowood continued.

 

Additional feeding units and staff are on stand-by, prepared to respond as and where needed.

 

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Overview

  • Multiple staging and logistical centers have been established in North and South Carolina and Virginia.
  • 15 mobile feeding units are on standby in the North and South Carolina Division and an additional 10 mobile feeding units are on standby in the National Capital and Virginia Division.
  • 27 additional mobile feeding units from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina and Roanoke, VA on Wednesday. Each mobile feeding unit can serve up to 1,500 meals per day.

How to help

  • To contribute to The Salvation Army’s Florence disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
  • The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts.

The Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian

Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

 

For more information about The Salvation Army in Nashville and learn how you can get behind the shield, visit SalvationArmyNashville.org or Call Misty Ratcliff 931-625-1117. – #GetBehindTheShield

 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go towww.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

 

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