The Salvation Army of Atlanta Responds to I-85 Bridge Collapse

March 31, 2017
Donald Felice |

The Salvation Army of Atlanta Responds to I-85 Bridge Collapse

ATLANTA, GA (March 31, 2017) – The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Command responded to a collapsed bridge on I-85 caused by an extensive fire by serving over 200 meals, snacks, and drinks to emergency personnel. A Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding kitchen) from the Metro Atlanta Area Command’s Red Shield Shelter was deployed on site from 10:00pm to 4:00am.

“We were in continuous contact with GEMA and the Fulton County Emergency Management team,” said Major Jack Butler, Emergency Disaster Director for The Salvation Army’s Georgia Division. “They were delighted we were there to provide services to emergency personnel.”

Service efforts to emergency personnel extended as needed throughout the night until 4:00am, at which time Fulton Emergency Management thanked The Salvation Army for their timely service. In the times of disaster, Salvation Army officers and staff provide food, hydration, spiritual care, and if needed, shelter for impacted individuals, families, and emergency personnel. Mobile kitchens and canteen units are capable of reaching disaster sites quickly to serve those in need.

“We were able to serve fire and police as they contained the disaster and made the area safe,” said Sergeant Janeane Schmidt, Director of The Salvation Army’s Metro Atlanta Red Shield Shelter. “The city of Atlanta can rest assured that The Salvation Army stands ready to help at a moment’s notice to help in times of need.”

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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