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Often, the most visible Salvation Army disaster service is the hot meals and drinks served to disaster survivors and emergency workers. This food may be prepared and served at congregate feeding sites, such as Salvation Army buildings, camps or shelters, or from one of the Army's Community Response Units (CRU's), which are essentially kitchens on wheels. Nourishment is also provided at other types of events, such as:
• Search and rescue operations
• Law enforcement activities
• Disaster drills
• Training exercises
• Special Events
Hydration service provides beverages which replenish electrolytes, enhance energy and which meet general hydration requirements for those served. Hydration service is offered to affected people and service providers. Hydration service is often used to augment disaster food service. In some situations, however, hydration may be all that is required. Some situations where hydration service may be provided alone include:
• Where food is not the most immediate basic need, such as at public events.
• When consumption of food is not safe, such as when air borne contaminants are present.
• Where and when a local Department of Health restricts the serving of food.