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Salvation Army Deploys First Wave Of Disaster Personnel To Carolinas

Posted September 16, 2003

— The Salvation Army has dispatched disaster service personnel and units from 20 cities in North and South Carolina to six eastern North Carolina staging areas and one South Carolina site to get ready for the approaching Hurricane Isabel.

Workers have been instructed to expect a 7- to 14-day deployment, while each mobile kitchen unit is equipped to serve at least 2,000 meals over the initial three days.

Salvation Army disaster workers and equipment from Winston-Salem, N.C., and Fayetteville, N.C., will join counterparts in Elizabeth City, N.C., by 6 p.m. Tuesday. At the same time, Charlotte and Greenville, S.C., personnel will report to Wilmington.

By noon Wednesday, additional resources from Hickory, N.C., and Waynesville, N.C., will arrive in Jacksonville, N.C.

Farther east, Morehead City, N.C., will serve as the staging area for units based in Asheville and New Bern.

Salvation Army staff from Anderson, S.C., will join personnel based in Washington, N.C.

Crews from Greensboro and Aiken, S.C., have been dispatched to Rocky Mount, and personnel from Florence and Columbia, S.C., will report to Conway, S.C.

"As landfall projections vary, it is critical that our plan has flexibility," said Michael Patterson, Salvation Army emergency disaster services director for North and South Carolina. "It is a matter of making sure that we have resources in place to meet needs throughout a wide geographic area."

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