Salvation Army of Wake County prepares for Florence

With Hurricane Florence approaching, The Salvation Army of Wake County has already begun to make preparations. Salvation Army of Wake County staff members are involved in daily meetings with Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters to receive updates and to make preparations accordingly.
The Salvation Army of Wake County has a mobile feeding unit that can serve up to 1,500 meals per day and could be deployed at anytime to assist those who are in need and first responders. Once the storm damage has been received and local needs have been determined, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service teams will serve throughout the impacted regions. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals, families and first responders.
In addition, The Salvation Army of Wake County Women and Children’s Shelter is also in need of the following items:
- flashlights/battery powered lanterns or emergency lights
- “D” batteries
- towels
- blankets
- bottled water
- individually packed snacks
- non-perishable foods
- first aid supplies

As of right now, the shelter is planning to follow White Flag procedures starting Thursday night. White Flag means the shelter doors are open beyond normal capacity for those in need.

Financial Contributions Are Best

A cash donation allows The Salvation Army to use monetary contributions to purchase exactly what disaster survivors need. Monetary contributions are also easy to get to the disaster area. Supplies can almost always be purchased locally at the disaster site and provide savings in multiple ways. Finally, money used to purchase needed items locally can support local and state economies, helping local businesses and workers, which have suffered losses in the wake of the disaster event.

Donations may be made:


Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Mail checks to: The Salvation Army P.O. BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate '2018 Hurricane Season' on all checks.

For donor care (such as confirming a financial gift was received)

Call 877-267-8409 or e-mail

Corporate Gifts and In-Kind Contributions

Second, The Salvation Army is accepting large, corporate contributions of needed in-kind products and services.

If you would like to make a corporate or in-kind contribution, please contact Divisional Development Director Trent Johnson, or 980-721-3830.

Offers will be screened for their usefulness to the disaster operation and, if needed, referred to the impacted division. Useful product may also be shared by partner organizations (such as non-perishable food with Midwest Food Bank). Please remember this disaster event is still unfolding and access to many of the impacted areas is restricted. It may take time before in-kind donations can be accepted and moved into the impacted area.

In-Kind Donations and Collection Drives

While an in-kind good collection drive can begin with the best intentions, collecting, shipping, sorting, storing and distributing often requires the set-up of key infrastructure, such as warehousing.

Until such infrastructure is set-up and the disaster operations have identified specific items that are needed, The Salvation Army of Wake County can neither solicit nor collect in-kind goods.

Used Clothing and Furnishings

As mentioned we are not soliciting items for Hurricane Florence relief, but if there are items that you would like to donate, please donate them to our Family Store, at 205 Tryon Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604. These items are critical to supporting local Salvation Army programs.


  • The Salvation Army recruits and deploys personnel through its local Salvation Army units. The best way to be deployed is to connect with us.

  • If you are a new volunteer and registering today, The Salvation Army only deploys trained and screened disaster workers who are affiliated with a local Salvation Army unit. If you have not been trained or just signed-up to become a disaster volunteer today, it is unlikely that The Salvation Army will deploy you to the disaster site. There may, however, still be opportunities for you to serve locally at your local Salvation Army unit.
  • Do not travel to the disaster site on your own, without being deployed through your local Salvation Army unit. Spontaneous volunteers arriving uninvited at a disaster site are not helpful and can impede the delivery of relief services. If you self-deploy, The Salvation Army makes no commitment to provide work, or any other form of support for you.

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