WILMINGTON, N.C. — As state aerial damage assessments took place Friday morning along the deluged North Carolina coast,
The Salvation Army
relocated many disaster relief teams and equipment northward to tackle the largely unknown scope of need resulting from Hurricane Isabel.
"We're all going in different directions today," Deputy Incident Cmdr. Michael Patterson told Salvation Army personnel during a Friday morning Command Center briefing in Wilmington. "You are not to drive through running water. You are not to put yourself in danger."
As of 9:30 a.m. Friday, 19 units and disaster relief teams were en route to various high impact areas, with particular focus north and east of Morehead City, N.C.
Additional needs were emerging by the hour as 11 other Salvation Army teams awaited marching orders.
To draw closer to the most acutely affected areas, the Salvation Army Disaster Command Center will move Friday afternoon from coastal Wilmington to Greenville in east-central North Carolina.
The Salvation Army requests financial support and in-kind items to address long-term needs of Hurricane Isabel victims. While there is no anticipated need for clothing, the ministry organization is requesting nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, paper products, toiletries and baby-care items, which may be directed to any Salvation Army location in the Carolinas.