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Salvation Army Ready to Deploy Tomorrow Morning

It’s not just the size of the storm that separates ministry’s response to Gustav from its response to Katrina.

The Salvation Army plans on deploying its prepositioned forces tomorrow morning in a pincer movement from the east from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and from the northwest from Tyler, Texas, against the ravages of Hurricane Gustav.

From Mississippi a command team with 25 canteens, a satellite communications trailer, and a mobile kitchen on an 18-wheeler will rumble down the highway. The team will pick up prepositioned supplies to take to the Louisiana tri-city area of Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Alexandria, where heavy flooding is anticipated. A similar unit will sweep from Texas, picking up more units in Shreveport, Louisiana, and elsewhere. There are also Salvation Army units waiting in a northern band right outside of the city of New Orleans.

The Salvation Army learned from Katrina that they needed to preposition more units and supplies.

"Our response is different from Katrina," said Major Gene Hogg, the Unified Incident Commander from the Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi division. "First, ...

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