While the Carolinas may be dodging the worst from Hurricane Irma, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte is deploying its mobile feeding kitchen to Florida to assist those impacted the most. The “canteen” is one of 10 from the Carolinas heading to Florida this week. Each unit is prepared to serve up to 1,500 meals with supplies initially on hand.
“As we’ve been watching the track of the storm, we’ve been preparing locally to do whatever is needed,” said Major Larry Broome, area commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “Our crew is ready to serve meals and provide emotional and spiritual support to those in some of the hardest hit areas in Florida.”
The crew from Charlotte will depart on Tuesday morning, and it will be positioned in Charleston before heading to Tampa on Wednesday.
In a disaster, The Salvation Army partners with community agencies and emergency management to provide meals, drinks and spiritual and emotional care to first responders and disaster survivors. The Salvation Army of the Carolinas has 20 mobile feeding units ready for disaster response; each mobile feeding kitchen has the capacity to serve 1,500 meals per day. Half of those units are being deployed this week, while an Incident Management Team continues to monitor the situation for additional needs.
Last year, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte was a part of the coordinated response to Hurricane Matthew as this mobile feeding kitchen was deployed to the Georgetown, S.C. area.
The Salvation Army encourages all residents to review their family disaster plan and stay informed of weather conditions. Information is available at www.scemd.org (SC) and www.readync.org (NC). For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.