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Salvation Army on stand-by, ready to assist three-state area

The Salvation Army in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi are on stand-by, ready to assist those who need help during this winter storm.

The emergency disaster services staff, based in Jackson, is preparing for what has become a large emergency event. Additionally, the operation centers in Alabama and Mississippi have been activated and they will be staffing liaisons in each state to report on weather conditions and the needs of the area.

Severe winter weather is expected throughout the division moving in from the Southwest to the Northeast.

"If this storm delivers the punch that it is expected to, there will be many people without electricity and the ability to stay in their homes," says Emergency Disaster Services Director Thad Hicks of  the Salvation Army ALM Division. "The Salvation Army will likely host some shelter locations, and in all likelihood, we will be feeding many."

"This is where the Salvation Army excels," said Hicks. "When we see a need, we do everything we can to answer."

Driving conditions have become hazardous in some areas. Ice accumulations may cause signifcant problems with power lines, and many people will be without shelter from the cold.

If needed, the Salvation Army will begin to disburse food and other materials.

"We stand ready at the divisional level to assist however we are needed," he said.
Some Salvation Army corps throughout Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi will provide shelter from the cold as the temperatures drop this week.

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