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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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.

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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

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From the Caribbean to Maine: Salvation Army Aids Thousands

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Major Rick Raymer, The Salvation Army chief Carolinas spokesperson, reports from Morehead City, NC about the effects of Hurricane Irene the morning after.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene’s landfall in North Carolina and Virginia Saturday, we remain committed to providing basic services to evacuees across the region. The Salvation Army is currently providing 15 states from the Carolinas to Maine with food, shelter, supplies, and counseling.
“With more than 2.5 million people under evacuation orders The Salvation Army remains committed 24/7 to providing those impacted with the basic services they need to get through this difficult period”, said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the U.S.
More than 4.5 million across the eastern seaboard lost power with thousands still in the dark. 15,000 meals have been served to first responders and evacuees in New Jersey. In the Carolinas, nearly 11,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served to evacuees in Greenville, Washington, Elizabeth City and Morehead City. Thousands of North Carolinas residents fled to Salvation Army shelters across the region.
You can check out our North Carolina relief photos here.
As the storm moved north to Norfolk, VA, 250 evacuees who took shelter at The Salvation Army were provided with lodging, meals and snacks. Along with spiritual and emotional care, 2,000 meals and drinks have been served. In Hampton Roads, VA, The Salvation Army has 3 mobile feeding canteens providing meals, clean-up kits and spiritual care.
In the Caribbean and Bahamas, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service Team continues to help evacuees cope with the damage that was done. Among other efforts, The Salvation Army response units have given gift cards to buy food, clothes and supplies to those impacted in the U.S. Virgin Isles and Puerto Rico.
The storm continues to move northeast and The Salvation Army in those locations stand by the assess the damage and satisfy the needs of those impacted by the disaster. We remain cautiously optimistic that this storm is losing steam.
We couldn’t provide any of this relief without your help.
The most critical need right now is for monetary donations. Here’s how your generosity helps:
$10: Will feed a disaster survivor for one day.
$30: Provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
$100: Provides snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
$250: Provides one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
$500: Keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day
These 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
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Assisting Thousands in Irene’s Path

Saturday, August 27, 2011

As Hurricane Irene heads north along the eastern seaboard, The Salvation Army is currently serving thousands of people at Salvation Army shelters across eastern North Carolina. More than 2,000 meals have been served in Greenville, Washington, Elizabeth City and Morehead City in the Carolinas.

The storm has reached Virginia and in response, The Salvation Army is assisting areas to provide shelter, lodging, food, and counseling. Salvation Army officers and resources from Washington, D.C. and Virginia have been deployed to appropriately assist the regions in need.

500 meals and snacks have been provided at the Norfolk, VA Salvation Army shelter. Currently 137 evacuees are receiving lodging and care while the storm passes through.

The Salvation Army has 370 canteens and five mobile feeding kitchens along coast capable of providing several hundred thousand meals per day if needed.

None of this would be possible without your help. 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.

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Major George Hood Address Press at FEMA Headquarters

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Major George Hood represented The Salvation Army at the FEMA Press Conference earlier this morning.

The best way that you help us with our relief efforts is by making a monetary donation to The Salvation Army. Simply text the word “STORM”to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone. Or, donate online by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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Major Rick Raymer Reports from North Carolina Beach

Friday, August 26, 2011

Awaiting Hurricane Irene, Major Rick Raymer from the Salvation Army Carolinas Division reports from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

In the Carolinas, 30 mobile canteens are set up and an Incident Command Team, established in Charlotte, is ready to deploy once the storm passes. Mobile feeding units throughout the country stand by, ready to provide hundreds of thousands of meals per day if called upon.

Monetary donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMYor by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.*

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The Salvation Army Prepares for National Emergency

Friday, August 26, 2011

In preparation for Hurricane Irene, all divisions of The Salvation Army stand ready to support the impacted areas along the East Coast between the Carolinas and New England.

Although the hurricane has not yet hit the U.S. coast, Commissioner William Roberts declared the storm a national disaster today after confirmation that the hurricane, which is predicted to affect multiple states, will definitely make landfall. The Salvation Army has ensured that all units throughout the United States are on alert and prepared with staff, equipment and supplies.

Mobile feeding units throughout the country are standing by, ready to provide hundreds of thousands of meals per day if called upon. In the Carolinas alone, 30 mobile canteens are set up and an Incident Command Team, established in Charlotte, is ready to deploy once the storm passes.

Salvation Army efforts continue to support the 800,000 impacted by Hurricane Irene in Puerto Rico. Shelters continue to be available in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix. In the Bahamas, food and water has been distributed to the Kingston emergency operations center.

“As The Salvation Army now moves into strategic positions that will put us directly at the point of need, we are praying for all of those who will be caught in the direct path of this very large storm”, said Major George Hood, National Communications and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army.

Please make sure you are prepared with a plan in case of emergency. Critical decisions need to be made ahead of time, before the storm makes landfall.

Please Check back for updates. You can also find updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Monetary donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.*

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The Salvation Army Responding to Lincoln, CA Fire

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A propane rail tanker fire has residents in Lincoln, California evacuating their homes while Firefighters let the tanker burn itself out.

The Salvation Army has been aiding local evacuees by providing Emergency Disaster Services canteens at the Lincoln Community Center and two other sites. The Salvation Army has served more than 600 meals while the mandatory evacuation is in place. It’s still unclear how the tanker caught fire.

Almost 5,000 homes in the city of 40,000 people were evacuated due to the burning propane and potentially catastrophic explosion that could ensue. Although the heat is intense and thus slowing their efforts, firefighters are still working on the burning process and expect that the blaze should be under control within 24 hours. The mandatory evacuation will remain in place at least through the end of today.

The Salvation Army will be set up to help those in need until the area is deemed safe.

If you’d like to make a donation for this relief, please visit GoSalArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. All donations should be designated “Lincoln Fire.”

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Efforts, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Update on Hurricane Irene

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

800,000 people in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are currently without electricity due to Hurricane Irene. Storm damage involved flooding, fallen trees, and roof damage. Thankfully, the damage was not as severe as originally anticipated and no fatalities have been reported.

The Emergency Operations Center in Puerto Rico remains open and the Divisional Headquarters Facility is fully operational. A Salvation Army Liaison Officer is also present at the scene.

There have been minimal requests for service received with some Corps providing small amounts of support to Corps members, the homeless, sick, and disabled. Salvation Army shelters have opened in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The storm has since strengthened with the possibility of turning into a Category 4 by Saturday’s expected landfall in the southeast. This is the first hurricane in almost three years to seriously threaten the U.S.. The Salvation Army continues to meet, plan, and prepare for the coming storm.

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