The Salvation Army Braces for Catastrophic Cyclone in India

This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website.

The Salvation Army is preparing to respond to the expected devastation of supercyclone Phailin. Half the size of India, Phailin is forecast to make landfall along the southeast coast of India, bringing large storm surges and heavy rain. Local Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service teams are prepared to meet immediate needs of food, water, shelter, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors when and wherever possible.

“Based on reports, we expect the damage from this storm to be catastrophic for the people of India,” said Major Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “The Salvation Army in India is sheltering people in Salvation Army Community Centers and have teams on the ground to provide immediate relief for survivors as they struggle to cope with the aftermath of the storm.”

India is The Salvation Army’s oldest mission field; they’ve had a presence there since 1882. The country is serviced by more than 3,000 officers and 328,000 soldiers. They operate schools, clinics, hospitals, feeding programs, children’s homes and churches through some 1,350 Corps Community Centers.

Monetary donations are the most critical as supplies and personnel are mobilized for immediate relief efforts. To give, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). $10 donations can also be made via mobile phone by texting “INDIA” to 80888 and replying “YES.”* Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “India Cyclone”) can be mailed to:

Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558

In-kind donations are not being accepted.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by Innogive Foundation and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to specify 80888 for help. *