Local Officers Equipment Deployed to assist with Disaster Response
Several Salvation Army disaster teams from the DC metro area have been deployed to the southeastern U.S., where they will assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Officers, staff and volunteers from Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Sherman Avenue Corps departed September 12 on a mission to bring much-needed aid help to first responders and residents affected by Irma’s damaging winds and rain.
Captain Pradeep Ramaji of the Loudoun County Corps and his team departed the region with The Salvation Army’s FedEx canteens, an emergency vehicle capable of feeding up to 1,500 meals per day. Major Donald Wilson and his team left the Fairfax Corps with an additional Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Canteen. The Salvation Army has deployed dozens of mobile feeding units that can provide up to 1,500 meals per day each, along with field kitchens that each can each serve up to 15,000 meals per day. As of Tuesday evening, August 29, 18,483 meals, 17,204 snacks, and 16,640 drinks have been provided.
Also deployed for disaster service were Captain Alvarro Porras of the Arlington (Virginia) Corps, Captain Raquel Lorenzo of the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Corps, and Captain Srikant Bhatnagar of the Sherman Avenue (DC) Corps.
Last month, The Salvation Army deployed Lt. Nathan Bridges (Alexandria Citadel Corps), Lt. Adieny Ramos (Prince William Corps), and Captain Karl Dahlin (Montgomery County Corps) to wind and flood-ravaged southeastern Texas, where Hurricane Harvey left a trail of destruction and despair in its path and caused thousands of residents to flee their homes.
All of the deploying Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers are well-trained for emergency disasters. Our team will provide food boxes, bottled water, cleanup kits and comfort kits, in addition to emotional and spiritual care. Staff and volunteers will also serve at emergency shelters as well as emergency operations and logistics centers.
Prayers and donations are still needed. To support The Salvation Army Hurricane relief effort please
- Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
- Text STORM to 51555
- Visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org.
- Or mail checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “Hurricane 2017” on all checks.
For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org.