FedEx canteenIn times of disaster, The Salvation Army is among the first organizations to arrive with food, supplies and comfort. For many years we’ve collaborated with another organization that words hard behind the scenes to ensure that those supplies get to the hardest-hit regions as quickly as possible. FedEx uses its extensive international transportation network to assist with disaster response around the world and right here in the United States.

In recent years, this support has included the donation of disaster response units to Salvation Army divisions in need of these essential Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) vehicles.

On Thursday, April 30, The Salvation Army Indiana Division and FedEx are celebrating the dedication of the twentieth disaster response unit donated by FedEx, which will be based in central Indiana.

North Vernon 11-21-14 (1)The dedication ceremony will take place at The Salvation Army Disaster Training Facility at 4020 Georgetown Road. Speakers include Troy Riggs, Director of Public Safety for Indianapolis; Major Bob Webster, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Indiana Division; and David Leech, Vice President for FedEx.

The new canteen (as it is commonly called) will act as a mobile feeding unit with the capability of serving up to 2,000 meals per day in the event of a large scale disaster, like the tornadoes that devastated communities across southern Indiana in 2012.

“We are so humbled to receive such a generous gift from FedEx,” says Major Webster. “Being able to respond quickly and effectively serve the victims of a disaster is something we take a lot of pride in. This vehicle will help The Salvation Army continue to do that in years to come.”

Paula Bosler, Global Communications Advisor at FedEx, was recently a guest on Red Shield Radio. Listen to the podcast from our April 26, 2015 episode to learn more about FedEx’s role in international disaster response efforts.