LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – When disaster strikes, volunteers mobilize in minutes.
A new canteen style struck stationed in the Shoals will be stocked with food and ready to deploy in a moment’s notice.
The truck, stationed at the Salvation Army in Florence can be stocked with three days worth of food.
Inside the canteen truck sits a microwave, refrigerator, and stove.
“Even the simple thing of providing food meals that keeps people especially when you are having volunteers that are coming up,” said Major Donald Wilson with the Salvation Army. “They have a short period of time they can respond and if you can keep them on site you optimize the time they can serve and help people get on their feet as quick as possible.”
Major Wilson says he saw the need for a truck like this after the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak.
“Many times you go into a situation with no lights, people are disoriented, they need information, most of all they need certainty there is help around,” said Major Wilson.
The mobile feeding canteen can be used in a variety of situations when time and quick response is critical. According to Wilson, the truck can also deploy for things like police standoffs or power outages.
“Not just the food aspect but also the emotional and spiritual care for the individuals affected,” said Major Wilson. “Not only the families that are affected, but also the first responders. They need to know someone is there for them as well,”
The canteen truck will serve Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties, as well as a 90 minute radius around the Shoals.
Major Wilson says more volunteers are needed for the canteen truck operations.
If you would like more information on how you can serve with the Salvation Army, go to diasastersalvationarmy.org or stop by the Salvation Army offices on Huntsville Road in Florence.