The Salvation Army Aiding Recovery from Monday’s Storms
The Salvation Army is already on the ground aiding with recovery in one of the hardest hit areas – Monroe, Louisiana. Captains Jerry and Jennifer Williams, who command The Salvation Army of Northeast Louisiana, say this is one of the worst storms to hit the area in a long time.
“We’ve seen structural damage to homes and businesses from strong winds, trees are down, windows blown out, and power is also knocked out,” said Captain Jerry Williams, Command Officer for The Salvation Army of Northeast Louisiana.
Volunteers and employees are passing out disaster clean up kits and food boxes.
“We’ve already served meals and have disaster clean up kits available for the local community so our friends and neighbors can move past this and get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible,” said Captain Jennifer Williams.
Emergency and Disaster Services (E.D.S.) from The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi will also deliver a pallet load of supplies to add to what the Monroe Corps already has in place.
“From our centralized location, we are able to deliver needed supplies within hours after a big storm like this one,” said E.D.S. Director, Thad Hicks. “All total to the Monroe area we have over 100 food boxes in place, plus over 100 disaster clean up kits.”
E.D.S. will provide additional food boxes and disaster clean up kits as requested.
Food boxes contain nonperishable food items that don’t need to be refrigerated. Disaster clean up kits contain cleaning supplies.
The Salvation Army is also working with local officials as they set up a command center to assess damage and help the hardest hit communities across the region. City and Parish schools are out for at least today as damage assessments are conducted to make sure buildings are safe.
“We will be here as long as the recovery process is ongoing. That may be just a few days but more likely it will be several weeks or months. It doesn’t matter. We are here to do the most good,” said Captain Jennifer Williams.