• Captain Donald Dohmann Deploys from Richmond to Assist with Irma Relief Efforts

    Captain Donald Dohmann Deploys from Richmond to Assist with Irma Relief Efforts

    Posted September 12, 2017 By in News With | No Comments

    Hurricane Irma Follows the Heels of Hurricane Harvey, the Largest and Longest
    Emergency Response Effort in the History of The Salvation Army in America


    Richmond, VA (September 12, 2017) – Captain Donald Dohmann, Area Commander of The Salvation Army Central Virginia, is deploying today (Tuesday, September 12) to serve as an Incident Commander as part of The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Irma’s destruction in Georgia and Florida. Captain Dohmann, and other trained Salvation Army officers and personnel from Virginia and Washington, D.C., will deploy for the next two weeks to provide comfort, ministry and resources to those affected by Hurricane Irma. The Salvation Army Central Virginia’s mobile kitchen will also be part of the caravan to Savannah, GA. Mobile kitchens are used to provide meals and a gathering place for first responders and affected citizens and have the capacity to serve 750 meals per day.

    With a presence in every zip code in the United States, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Our national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers has been deployed to several locations to provide food, hydration, cleanup kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors. Multiple staging and logistical centers, as well as emergency shelters, have been established throughout southeastern and Gulf Coast states, where staff and volunteers serve those impacted by these catastrophic storms.

    As of 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, The Salvation Army has provided the following to the Hurricane Disaster Relief Efforts:

    Hurricane Irma

    • Deployed 17 active mobile feeding units
      • Each mobile feeding unit can serve up to 1,500 meals per day
    • Served 60,312 meals
    • Served 51,192 drinks
    • Served 23,789 snacks
    • Provided emotional spiritual care to 5,295 individuals
    • Provided shelter for 2,659 individuals
    • Provided 12,210 hours of employee and volunteer service

    Hurricane Harvey

    • Deployed 78 active mobile feeding units and 96 at peak
      • Each mobile feeding unit can serve up to 1,500 meals per day
    • Set up 3 active field kitchens
      • Each field kitchen can serve up to 15,000 meals per day
    • Served 460,267 meals
    • Distributed 6,771 food boxes
    • Served 516,315 drinks
    • Served 408,865 snacks
    • Distributed 11,074 comfort kits
    • Distributed 3,335 cleanup kits
    • Provided emotional and spiritual care to 24,586 first responders and survivors
    • Provided shelter for 2,917 individuals
    • Provided 70,611 hours of employee and volunteer service

    Due to the size of the population impacted by Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Irma, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Team anticipates for this to be the largest and longest emergency response in the history of the organization in America.

    How to Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

    A financial contribution is the best way to help. A cash donation allows charitable relief agencies to use monetary contributions to purchase exactly what disaster survivors need.   Monetary contributions are also easy to get to the disaster area. Moving a container of donated goods can sometimes cost more than the value of the items. Supplies can almost always be purchased locally at the disaster site and provide savings in multiple ways. Finally, money used to purchase needed items locally can support local and state economies, helping local businesses and workers, which have suffered losses in the wake of the disaster event.


    Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

    Mail Checks to: The Salvation Army P.O. BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301

    Please make checks payable to The Salvation Army and designate ‘Hurricane 2017’ on all checks.

    To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

    The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. If you donate to Hurricane 2017 relief efforts (and designate your gift to that disaster) 100 percent of the gift will be used in support of that event. It may be used to provide food and drinks to survivors, cleaning supplies and other essential commodities, direct financial aid to those affected, or to support disaster relief workers serving in the area.

    For the latest information please visit and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at and To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane relief efforts please visit



    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to



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