• Michelle Hartfield

The Salvation Army Sets up Command Center for Hurricane Laura relief in Lake Charles, LA

With only a day passed since Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane and devastated parts of Louisiana and Texas, the Salvation Army is on the ground in Lake Charles. Officers and volunteers were hard at work today setting up the warehouse and mobile kitchen with the intention of starting food service in the community tomorrow, Saturday August 29. 

The entire city is still without water and power, and The Salvation Army anticipates the need for food will be dire. Incident Commander, Trey Jones, said “The Salvation Army plans to be here as long as needed to meet the needs in this city.” Trucks will be out in the city with snacks and hydration as well as lunch and dinner. 

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. To donate to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org.