Tropical storm conditions forecasted to start overnight. At least 93 people are sleeping here tonight, because of Isaac. That number is expected to increase throughout the night. (courtesy of The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama)

Hurricane Isaac: Landfall Expected Wednesday Morning, 7 Years After Katrina

From Salvation Army USA

Residents of New Orleans may feel tropical storm force winds by midnight Monday in anticipation for Hurricane Isaac’s landfall on the Gulf Coast early Wednesday morning, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

In preparation for the storm, The Salvation Army is gearing up response teams and supplies in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, among other states, to provide food and hydration as well as emotional and spiritual care to all who may be impacted by the storm.

“We are taking every precaution to make sure that anyone who is impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac – resident or emergency responder – has all they need to make it through the storm, physically and spiritually,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our personnel are taking the storm very seriously and will be ready to respond and move into impacted areas to provide needed support.”

We continue to closely monitoring the storm track, with 24 mobile feeding units and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate deployment to the affected communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Each canteen, currently staged in Hattiesburg, MS, can serve 22,000 meals per day.

In addition to feeding and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
•        Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
•        Hygiene kits
•        Shower units
•        First-aid supplies
•        Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).  Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301.  Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

Updates courtesy of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website – click here to get the latest news on all of our disaster relief efforts.