When any disaster threatens areas in which The Salvation Army serves, our teams gather to begin the process of coordinating our response. As you can imagine, responding to bring food, water, and spiritual care to those who need it most is complicated. We have to deal with road closures, evacuation orders, often dangerous conditions. We have a team of experienced officers and employees – our incident management team (IMT) – from across the Carolinas and the United States that assemble to help coordinate the response.
Of course, we are one organization of many that respond when disaster strikes. Our IMT works in close partnership with these other responders, government officials, and first responders to ensure that people who face losses from hurricanes and disasters get what they need.
From our headquarters, we plan all of the logistics needed to coordinate dozens of volunteers, mobile kitchens, and emotional and spiritual care workers.
We have already begun to serve in those areas of the country that have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Our teams in Florida are actively serving in areas where it safe to do and teams in the Carolinas are serving evacuees at shelters in conjunction with emergency coordinators from counties and state levels of government.
Our goal, in all of our disaster services, is to provide basic needs – including emotional and spiritual care – for survivors. We're grateful for the prayer and financial support of the public to help us directly serve those impacted.