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National Guard Airlifts Kitchens To Outer Banks In Unprecedented Relief Action

Posted September 20, 2003 8:44 a.m. EDT

— The Air National Guard/Civil Air Patrol was scheduled to airlift two 22-foot, five-ton Salvation Army mobile kitchens Saturday morning from Manteo Airport to Buxton and Ocracoke Island.

The CH-47 Chinook helicopter airlift is unprecedented in Salvation Army disaster relief work.

Each Salvation Army mobile kitchen has a fully equipped kitchen and food serving window. It can provide up to three days of meals before restocking is necessary. It is equipped also with a cook top and refrigeration -- specially designed to army specifications for airlift "swing loading."

The vehicles will provide food, water and other necessities to local residents before roads and ferry channels are reopened.