Sunday, March 11, 2012
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the record-breaking earthquake and tsunami that struck the coast of Japan and devastated a nation. Wiping out entire communities along the Pacific coast, the disaster took approximately 16,000 lives throughout its course of destruction. Over the last year and fueled by your support, The Salvation Army has been honored to help the communities of this great nation build again.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Through my experience with The Salvation Army, I’ve witnessed first-hand how much goes into emergency recovery responses, and that the response is not just contained to the first few days or weeks, or indeed, until the media moves onto another story.
Recovery efforts continue well into the weeks, months, and sometimes years ahead – until families are back on their feet, shops are reopened, school bells ring, or until a new normal is established. I
Monday, March 5, 2012
The Salvation Army is serving in several states following the weekend’s violent weather that killed 39 people, injured many, and destroyed communities throughout the Midwest and South.
As a reminder that spring has yet to arrive, residents in Indiana and Kentucky – who endured an EF-4 tornado on Friday – are now suffering cold weather and snow while they work to restore what’s left of their homes.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Residents of Henryville, IN are picking up the pieces of their obliterated homes and buildings following the tornadoes and severe weather that swept through the region on Friday, killing at least 29 people in three states.
The Salvation Army continues to serve disaster victims in these areas with food, hydration and emotional care via Emergency Disaster teams and mobile feeding units, remaining prepared to serve up to 1,000 meals a day to those in need.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Salvation Army is providing relief to devastated areas of Kansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois following the severe weather and tornadoes that passed through the mid-west regions throughout Wednesday morning.
At least 16 tornados were reported from Nebraska and Kansas across southern Missouri to Illinois and Kentucky, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. 12 individuals from these areas were killed and many are suffering injuries as a result.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Salvation Army is providing support in Harveyville, Kansas following a tornado that ravaged the community late Tuesday night.
Emergency Disaster Service Volunteers from Topeka are on the scene providing meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews via mobile feeding kitchens. The Salvation Army is also offering emotional and spiritual support to those in need.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Many thanks to Major Bobby Westmorelan of The Salvation Army Ukraine and The Salvation Army, Southern Territory for providing the following information.
Recent temperatures in the Ukraine have reached as low as -36 degrees Celsius: the cause of a reported 135 person death toll. The Salvation Army is responding to the emergency by providing aid to the most vulnerable in all 13 unit locations throughout the country.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Have you seen advertisements for the show, Doomsday Preppers? The National Geographic Channel’s latest show features members of an American subculture who are preparing for the end of organized civilization as we know it.
No matter how shows like this or the media might try to spin preppers as entertaining “wack jobs” only fit for reality TV, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being prepared for the worst of natural disaster-related events.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The Salvation Army is providing aid to devastated areas of Alabama following the severe weather and tornadoes that struck the area early Monday. The storm’s tear through the southern state resulted in numerous power outages, 100 injured residents and two fatalities.
In response to this disaster, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi divisions of The Salvation Army have deployed five mobile kitchen units to the damaged communities of Maplesville, Centerpoint and Birmingham.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
“There is a city to build. There is a country to save. Do not be an observer, become a builder.”
In January 2011, one year after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country of Haiti, these inspirational words were spoken at a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in Port-au-Prince. The speaker was Divisional Commander Major Lucien Lamartiniere, himself a victim of the disaster.