a BIG response
Figures released by the Community Relations and Development Department of The Salvation Army’s USA Southern Territorial Headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia, demonstrate the scale of the response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
The immediate needs of survivors were dealt with by providing shelter, food, water, ice, cleaning supplies, baby supplies and hygiene products.
At the end of November 2005, just three months after the first hurricane hit New Orleans, the USA Southern Territory – comprising 15 states and the District of Columbia – published these details of its relief effort up to that point:
|5,324,043 hot meals were served, along with 7,516,515 sandwiches, snacks and drinks.|
|The Salvation Army provided 178 mobile feeding units (canteens) and 11 field kitchens, each capable of producing 20,000 hot meals a day – including eight Southern Baptist kitchens – in the many areas affected.|
|157,957 cleaning kits (broom, bucket, mop and detergent) and 185,363 food boxes (groceries) were distributed.|
|The Salvation Army provided pastoral care to 238,134 people and registered and began helping with 263,608 social services cases.|
|The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) received more than 61,000 inquiries and linked up 25,508 survivors.|
|Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers served for a total of 751,062 hours.
The Salvation Army assisted a total of 1,368,603 individuals.|