MADISON (WKOW) -- The National Commander of the Salvation Army has declared a national disaster in the country: that puts all units on alert, including Salvation Army of Dane County.
The Salvation Army will provide food, drinks and spiritual and emotional care to emergency responders and survivors in impacted areas between the Carolinas and New England.
"While it is customary to declare such an event a ‘national' disaster after the hurricane has reached land, I am taking the step to make that declaration today in consideration of various logistical decisions that must be made," said Commissioner Roberts. "As The Salvation Army now moves into strategic positions that will put us directly at the point of need, we are praying for God's mercy upon all of those who will be caught in the direct path of this very large storm."
The Salvation Army has already begun to serve those affected by Hurricane Irene in Puerto Rico. 800,000 residents of Puerto Rico are without power.
In the Bahamas, an emergency operations center has been established in Kingston. The Salvation Army has begun initial distribution of food and water supplies.
Salvation Army locations across the United States have mobile feeding units on standby including the Madison Wisconsin canteen– these units are able to provide hundreds of thousands of meals per day if needed.
For more information on The Salvation Army's preparation and response to Hurricane Irene, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.