Center Supplies Needs of Storm Survivors

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

[The Salvation Army’s supply center offers baby items and other necessities.]
The Salvation Army’s supply center offers baby items and other necessities.

Many families and individuals affected by the devastating string of tornadoes have lost much, if not all, of their belongings. In Joplin, MO, The Salvation Army offers them a place where they can go to begin to rebuild.

We’ve opened a center at the former Salvation Army thrift store located at 7th & Kentucky where we’re providing survivors with emergency services and supplies.

It’s open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm to the general public, particularly those affected by the May 22nd tornado. Supplies are rationed based on family size and need, but there is an abundance of supplies, and applicants are involved in picking out what they will be able to use. There are also programs available to find help for those who need medical attention and long term housing.

[Joplin, MO emergency disaster supply center]

There is no set limit for the number of times people may come in for supplies; the process is based simply off of need.

It’s just one way we’re helping those in need get back on their feet and have hope for tomorrow.

If you’d like to donate to The Salvation Army’s ongoing tornado relief efforts, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also click here for more ways to help.

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Update: Joplin Relief Stats & Brief

Friday, May 27, 2011

[Joplin]
As of 12pm Wednesday, The Salvation Army had served more than 16,000 hot meals to Joplin tornado survivors.

The following information represents The Salvation Army’s efforts in Joplin, as of 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 26:

* Served 16,692 hot meals and 2,566 snacks and 6,170 drinks.
* Provided 6 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma,
* A Satellite Communications truck is in place and handling phone, computer and internet communications.
* Delivered emotional/spiritual care to 200 people and prayers have been offered with 36
* Initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
* 8 Salvation Army officers (pastors), 13 employees and 103 volunteers have served 2,002.5 hours.

Locations of feeding stations

Feeding operations are taking place at the following locations:

* The Salvation Army Joplin Corps Community Center, 320 E. 8th Street, Joplin, MO
* St. John’s Hospital at 26th & Maiden, Joplin, MO
* 2502 S. Main St., Joplin, MO. The “Oasis Tent” is meant to serve as a location for community members to come together in a sheltered place and receive “One stop service” with food, water, spiritual and emotional care, minor medical care and other basic services.

Mobile Feeding Sites

Mobile kitchens from the following locations are roving throughout the disaster area, providing—as much as possible—regularly scheduled routes to offer food and beverages to responders and survivors: Kirksville, Sedalia, and Springfield, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas.

Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:

* The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services relief teams in Joplin; are recognized by the Federal Government and can access roads and areas currently closed off to the general public.
* The Salvation Army is using an all-terrain vehicle and mobilizing “foot soldiers” to go to the people to minister, provide food and bottled water to those who are in need.
* An Emergency Disaster Services ‘Store’ is now located at the old Joplin thrift store on 7th Street and opened Thursday morning at 9 a.m. After receiving vouchers from on-site social workers, survivors may “shop” for items such as clothing, diapers, toiletries, etc.

Corporate Donations

* Sprint donated 1,500 prepaid cell phones.
* The Charlie Daniels Band is scheduled to play a concert at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on Saturday with $5.00 of each ticket sold going to The Salvation Army.
* A Kansas City Advisory Board member secured several generous donations from Sam’s Club including approximately 8 pallets of Gatorade, plus gloves and shopping carts that will be used at the EDS store. Sam’s Club also donated one freezer truck and one 45 foot refrigerator truck.

Kansas City’s Response to Sedalia, Missouri, Tornado

On Wednesday, May 25 a tornado hit the town of Sedalia, Missouri. The Sedalia Salvation Army’s team was already on site in Joplin. Within 1 hour of the tornado in Sedalia, a mobile kitchen from Kansas City was on its way to aid Sedalia.

To donate to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also find more information about giving here.

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Sam’s Club Manager Works Tirelessly for Region’s Relief Efforts

Friday, May 27, 2011

While they may not be first responders or trained in disaster relief, community members have created opportunities to use their own unique skills to assist with recovery efforts.

One such person is Shane Dickerson, the Kansas and Missouri Market Manager for Sam’s Club and member of The Salvation Army’s Kansas City Advisory Board. He has worked tirelessly throughout the Joplin disaster to create a supply infrastructure that would permeate all areas of need across the region.

Dickerson has chosen to coordinate his efforts with the Fire Department Chief, the Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

“I sit on the Advisory Board in Kansas City, so I was incredibly excited to see The Salvation Army as the first organization on our door step asking for aid so they could respond,” said Dickerson. “They said they needed gloves, so we gave them every glove we had available – down to the gloves our butchers use to handle meat.”

Dickerson has salvaged what materials he is able from the now-demolished Walmart on Range Line Road, and has tapped the Sam’s Club supply chain to distribute Gatorade, water, shopping carts, baby clothing, diapers, and dust masks.

Dickerson and Sam’s Club continue to work to meet the needs of first responders and aid organizations responding to the crisis, and intend to provide aid throughout the crisis.

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Salvation Army Disaster Response Powers Up with Rayovac and Six Flags

Thursday, May 26, 2011

We all know the importance of food, water, clean-up and medical supplies when responding to an emergency situation like the current efforts in Joplin, MO. But what’s the unsung hero of Salvation Army disaster relief? What everyday household item makes all of the other efforts possible? One word: Batteries.

Salvation Army personnel provide food and drinks in Joplin, MO.

That’s right. Batteries enable The Salvation Army and other relief organizations to power essential tools like flashlights, phones, radios and more when responding to a disaster.

That’s why The Salvation Army has teamed up with Rayovac and Six Flags theme parks for a unique “battery drive.” From now until May 30, people can donate a new and unopened pack of Rayovac batteries at the ticket booth of any participating Six Flags park and in return receive a day’s entry at kids’ price. No coupon or receipt is necessary.

“Rayovac is committed to recognizing and supporting efforts that help others. We hope that this donation eases at least some of the deep suffering of all those affected,” said David Carlson, Director of Marketing Communications for Rayovac. “The enthusiasm of The Salvation Army and Six Flags has been overwhelming. This is truly a community-wide effort – we hope each and every donation makes a real difference.”

Ticketing agents at Six Flags will collect the battery packs and, at end of the drive, the batteries will be donated to local Salvation Army locations for use in disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Participating Six Flags parks include:

* Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, CA
* Six Flags Over Georgia – Austell, GA
* Six Flags Great America – Gurnee, IL
* Six Flags St. Louis – Eureka, MO
* Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, NJ
* Six Flags Great America – Queensbury, NY
* Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, TX
* Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX

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Corporate Partners Team Up with The Salvation Army for Disaster Relief

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Throughout the year, The Salvation Army is blessed to work with a number of corporate partners who support our mission and service. The commitment of these organizations is…

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In The Shadows of SATERN, Salvation Army Volunteers Ensure Safety

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lines of communications were virtually nonexistent following the storms throughout the tornado stricken cities of the central United States, including Joplin, MO. This problem is expected and occurs in major disasters as cell towers are knocked down and power is lost.

However, amazing volunteers of The Salvation Army who run the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), also known as “shadows,” helped Salvation Army personnel establish communications during relief efforts in Joplin. Relief efforts would not be the same without their assistance, and we would like to take the time to thank SATERN volunteers, like Brian Short:

HAM radio operator and “shadow,” Brian Short, along with other Salvation Army volunteers saw the aftermath of the tornado in Joplin as an opportunity to provide assistance during relief efforts. Brian and the volunteers set up a network of HAM radio connections to utilize and ensure the safety of people under The Salvation Army’s watch. SATERN enabled Salvation Army personnel to communicate on nearly every frequency available, even at long distances, utilizing HF & VHF frequencies as officers and volunteers worked to meet the needs of Joplin residents.

SATERN volunteers establishing communication in Joplin, MO.

At the same time, SATERN volunteers like Short ride with Salvation Army mobile canteens and key personnel to shadow Salvation Army emergency response teams and act as a network of ever-present problem solvers. The group ensures that The Salvation Army’s response team’s whereabouts are always known and that they are able to keep in communications at all times.

“When we get involved, it creates what I like to call a ‘conference bridge effect,’” Short stated. “Everyone knows where everyone else is at all times, and people are able to overhear the needs of other people. Then, those people can chime in and help us solve logistical issues by thinking up solutions or providing information we wouldn’t have had access to.”

Brian Short in Joplin, MO.

Over the first few days, Short and other volunteers assisted in establishing communications that allowed The Salvation Army to provide rescue support, food, hydration and medical assistance to storm survivors and emergency responders.

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Awe-inspiring Generosity in Joplin, MO

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We are in awe of the generosity of those who have lost so much recently, and we would like to thank those who are thinking of others during…

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Local Heroes Assist Salvation Army in Joplin, MO

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

As The Salvation Army responds to the tornadoes in Joplin, MO and other affected areas of the Central United States, we have been touched by the outpouring of…

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Photos: Joplin Relief Efforts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Salvation Army has four mobile feeding kitchens serving in Joplin,Missouri, and each is capable of serving thousands of meals per day.If you’d like to donate to our relief efforts, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or click here.

Take a look at the first photos of a canteen from Tulsa, OK that is serving at St. John’s hospital in Joplin, MO. Your continued prayers for survivors and relief workers are greatly appreciated.

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Why Donate Money When I Can Send this Stuff? Here’s Why…

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

[Disaster Poster]

We’ve received tons of messages and comments from people wanting to organize donation drives and ship items to recent tornado survivors. If this is you, please read the following important message from FEMA!

Joplin, Missouri is actually overwhelmed with unsolicited donations, like clothes, toys and household items. This can lead to what disaster relief personnel call the “secondary disaster,” in which valuable, life sustaining resources are redirected to sort, transport, store, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of survivors.

Read on to learn how your support doesn’t become “too much of a good thing” for those in need, and please consider giving monetary donations through the options listed here:

[FEMA]

KANSAS CITY, MO— To help better manage the outpouring of support for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or donating resources.

The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer those who are impacted or just wanting to help the following advice:

Volunteer or Donate

The easiest way to help is to call 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri to volunteer time or make a donation. Cash is the best because it offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Confirm what is needed BEFORE taking action!

Donate in-kind goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Confirm the needs by contacting the voluntary organization of your choice before starting to collect.

If you have a quantity of a given item or class of item to donate, and you need help in determining which organizations to give to, you can make your offer through http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema after this, just click on Missouri.

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