Serving First Responders & Residents after Severe Flooding in Colorado

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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The Salvation Army’s relief efforts continue after a week of deadly flash flooding in Colorado. The flooding has impacted parts of 17 counties in Colorado, damaging or destroying…

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Salvation Army Continues Flood Relief Efforts in Colorado

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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It’s been nearly a week since the severe flooding, caused by an unexpected torrential downpour, began in Colorado. The relentless waters have spread across 17 counties, destroying over…

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Salvation Army Rebuilds Schools in Haiti

Friday, October 28, 2011

The U.S. has been relatively blessed in 2011 as far as natural disasters go. Outside of the damage left by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the stormy season has been fairly quiet. We thank God for His blessings on our country.

It’s easy to get stuck in the bubbles of our personal lives. In the midst of fall activities, work and family, I often forget about our friends in Haiti who are still suffering in the aftermath of 2009’s earthquake. But while they continue to pick up the pieces, progress is being made. We are pleased to share an encouraging update of Haiti’s redevelopment from The Salvation Army Southern Territory.

Thanks to The Salvation Army’s Haiti Recovery and Development (HRD) team, Salvation Army school buildings in Port-au-Prince were repaired so that nearly 700 students could begin the school year on time.

The HRD school renovation and construction team worked hard throughout the summer months, battling harsh weather conditions such as heavy rains and flooding to ensure the classes could begin.

Project Manager David White and Assistant Project Manager Raymond Cédoine were the leads on this project. Along with managing the actual construction process, they trained teams of workers to be able to maintain the buildings long after the rebuilding process.

It is The Salvation Army’s hope that by the end of 2014, all 20 schools affected by the earthquake will have been repaired and reconstructed. Read the full story here from The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory’s $10 for Haiti Website.

As we reflect on our personal blessings this holiday season, let us not forget the suffering and those who sacrifice to “Do the Most Good” for those in need.

New roofing and walls. Photo Courtesy of www.tenforhaiti.org.

Supervisors David White and Raymond Cédoine. Photo Courtesy of www.tenforhaiti.org

David trains construction teams. Photo courtesy of www.tenforhaiti.org
If you would like to donate to The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief, please visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Click Here to read about The Salvation Army of Haiti.

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

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Furniture for Flood Victims

Friday, September 30, 2011

Flood survivors in the Northeast are still struggling to get their lives back on track after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee passed through the region. But thanks to one…

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Flood Relief Work Continues in Tioga County, New York

Friday, September 23, 2011

The relief work continues in upstate New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers from in and within surrounding areas, Tioga County, one of the hardest-hit areas in the region, is progressing towards recovery.

The Salvation Army of Owego recently partnered with Tioga Opportunities, Inc.- a nonprofit human service agency- to provide disaster relief at Countryside Community Center. Along with assisting victims with clean-up, hot meals are being served daily from 11:30 – 5:00. The shelter is located at 9 Sheldon Blvd., Owego, NY.

The Salvation Army has deployed 1/3 of its officer personnel from The Empire State Division to affected sites. 11 mobile service and feeding units are still in service and have provided more than 15,000 meals and 30,000 bottles of water thus far. 2,800 cleanup kits have been distributed to victims.

If you’d like to help us in our recovery efforts, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also donate using your mobile phone by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a quick $10 donation*.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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Update: Salvation Army Disaster Relief

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency relief services to those struggling with the double blow of Tropical Storm Lee and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Some areas along the Northeast coast were hit with both storms. Continued flooding and a serious lack of resources have made living conditions extremely difficult for those in the impacted areas.

Within the last two weeks, The Salvation Army has served more than 515,000 meals, snacks and drinks to victims and emergency responders along the East Coast, using 76 emergency response vehicles.

“Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene did a one – two punch, severely increasing the need in flood impacted northeastern states. Nevertheless, The Salvation Army is there, serving and providing relief services to all community members in need”, said Major George Hood Community Relations & Development Secretary.

Here are the most recent updates:

In Pennsylvania:

The Salvation Army is feeding at ten Red Cross shelters and has deployed six canteens to assist.

In Vermont:

The Salvation Army is providing meals in the areas of Rutland and Waterbury.

In New York:

The Salvation Army is still feeding evacuees and emergency responders from mobile canteens in various New York towns such as Schenectady, Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Binghamton, Nichols and Sydney.

Salvation Army personnel are stationed at three Disaster Assistance Centers in Delaware, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. Centers are in operation from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In Amsterdam, a feeding support is set up at the Montgomery County shelter. In Schenectady, a shelter is provided at the Schenectady High School.

In Massachusetts:

The Salvation Army deployed emergency relief teams to the areas of New Bedford, Attleboro and Metro Boston to provide food, drinks and clean-up kits.

The best way that you can help us provide is to donate monetarily. Donations can be made online by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

You can also text the word ‘STORM’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your cell phone.

Checks should be designated “2011 Hurricane Season” and can be sent to:

Disaster Gift Processing Center

PO B ox 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301

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A Helpful Journey

Friday, September 2, 2011

The following was contributed by Gene and Edie Pigford, Lt. Colonels from The Salvation Army

Our journey began on Tuesday, August 30. Edie and I travelled to Oneonta to support the Salvation Army Command Center which was helping provide emergency relief intervention in communities devastated by Hurricane Irene.

Our first stop was Fleishmans where we stopped at a canteen from Ohio under the leadership of Lt Jason Price. The canteen was based at a local church which was coordinating local relief efforts. Local residents were appreciative of the food, including members of a Hassidic community who were pleased at the availability of kosher food.

Next was Margaretville, a community hit with considerable impact from Irene. One of the lifelong residents described seven feet of water coming down the town’s main street. Severe structural damage appears to have rendered the old historic section of Main Street not salvageable. The town is awaiting final word concerning the loss of this resource. One resident was concerned about his pets that he had to leave behind when they were told to evacuate. He was later able to retrieve them, but was struggling to find living arrangements for both him and his pets.

The Margaretville Fire Department was most appreciative of our efforts to convey some supplies on their behalf to the Prattsville community

Roxbury was well served by a canteen from Buffalo. They were able to coordinate with a local pastor and school principal to provide food, cleaning supplies and spiritual care to community residents. We had the privilege of praying with them and ask God to bless their efforts and their community.

By far the most devastated community was Prattsville. We were able to reach the community by back roads, some of which went directly through the devastated areas. The Army established a canteen relief site and distributed food and cleaning supplies to area residents and relief workers. A local church is currently providing hot meals in a tent, but the pastor indicated that soon these volunteers will need to look after their own homes. The State Police helped us connect with an 82 year old woman that had not been out of her house since the hurricane hit.

A few local merchants were very discouraged by the damage done to their businesses and questioned whether rebuilding would be worth it. The town supervisor was very helpful and encouraging to the community, offering hands-on assistance to residents.

The town has limited water and will not have power for some time due to broken power lines. Most of the town residents we came across were in good spirits and working hard to rebuild their towns.

Our sense is that some communities will recover fairly quickly. But others, like Margaretville and especially Prattsville, will need ongoing support for some time.

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Salvation Army Continues Response & Relief Along East Coast

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thousands are still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene’s tear along the east coast and The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of individuals and families of the affected areas in several states. In the southern part of the U.S. alone, The Salvation Army has served more than 60,000 meals, snacks and drinks and handed out hundreds of clean-up kits.

From North Carolina to Massachusetts, here are the updates:

A current priority in North Carolina is helping the 2,400 stranded individuals on an island in the Outerbanks. The Salvation Army is ferrying to the barrier islands from the south while mobile feeding canteen teams from commands in South Carolina are ready to provide the much needed food and water.

In other parts of North Carolina and Virginia, mobile feeding units capable of providing thousands of meals per day, are positioned in Norfolk, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, and the Seaford and York Communities. In Norfolk and Spotsylvania Counties alone, The Salvation Army has already served more than 6,400 meals, snacks and drinks and provided lodging to 265 people. In Hampton Roads, 2,345 meals and 95 clean-up kits have been provided, while the shelter has housed over 270 individuals. Salvation Army mobile kitchens in North Carolina are prepared to serve 90,000 individuals!
In Maryland, The Salvation Army has fed survivors, first responders and volunteers. As of today, 119 volunteers have prayed with individuals and given their time to serve 3,227 meals and 5,019 drinks to affected Maryland residents. Folks still without power in southeast Washington, DC – mostly senior citizens – were provided with meals and beverages last night.

Power outages and continuous flooding from high rising rivers are two biggest challenges in New Jersey as a result of Hurricane Irene. While local authorities work to bring back order in the garden state, The Salvation Army has served 15,000 meals to first responders and evacuees.

In New York City, 1,000 clean-up kits have been secured for deployment to the Mid-Hudson region. What’s a clean up kit? See here.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services crews continue to provide for areas in the Greater Philadelphia region affected by the storm. Three canteens were deployed Monday to provide meals and refreshments to those experiencing flooding, power losses, and damage.

In Connecticut, The Salvation Army has served hundreds of meals to evacuees at shelters as well as to first responders.

Vermont is experiencing the worst flooding disaster in the last 80 years. A canteen capable of serving 500 has been deployed to Ludlow, VT to provide meals and care for victims. Ludlow is just one of many towns in Vermont devastated by the storm. The Salvation Army intends to deploy more canteens to other struggling areas of the state.
Hundreds of survivors in Greenfield, Massachusetts will receive clean-up kits after flooding in the western part of the state. The Salvation Army continues to serve at numerous shelter facilities throughout Massachusetts and other parts of New England.

In addition to providing meals, beverages, snacks, clean-up kits, and general support, Salvation Army officers are always willing and ready to provide spiritual counseling to those impacted by disaster of any kind.
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Click here to donate! *Or, simply text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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What’s a Canteen?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Check out this video presenting the very foundation of The Salvation Army Disaster services – the Canteen. The Salvation Army deploys these “kitchens on wheels” during times of disaster. A single canteen can provide food for 500 to 5,000 individuals, depending on the unit.

Throughout the last few days, The Salvation Army has served more than 60,000 meals, beverages, and snacks to those impacted by Hurricane Irene.

In total, The Salvation Army has 370 mobile feeding units and five mobile kitchens up and down the East coast, serving those in need.

Check back here for updates. You can also visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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Doing the Most Good After Hurricane Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Check out this video from Saturday, August 27 following Hurricane Irene’s landfall in North Carolina. The Salvation Army served 19,000 people in the areas impacted by the storm. Thousands across eastern North Carolina are being fed and cared for at shelters by Salvation Army feeding teams.

In the Northeast, Salvation Army officers and emergency disaster canteens crews continue to serve those affected in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The Salvation Army is equipped to serve 2,500 people a day through five canteens which provide food and beverages.

In total, The Salvation Army has 370 mobile feeding units and five mobile kitchens up and down the East coast, serving those in need.

Check back here for updates. You can also visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Monetary donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Or, simply text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone. If you’d like to mail a check, please designate the donation as “2011 Hurricane Season” and send to:

Disaster Gift Processing Center
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop.Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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