Battling the Arizona Blaze

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Wallow fire in eastern Arizona continues to dangerously blaze toward the border, but news reports indicate more than 3,000 firefighters have begun to slowly gain control today as winds died down. As of Wednesday, the Wallow fire had burned 390,000 acres, and it’s believed to be the 2nd largest fire in Arizona’s history.

Currently, a Salvation Army team is preparing and serving three meals a day for evacuees at the Red Cross shelter in Lakeside, AZ. They plan to continue offering these services as long as the shelter is in operation, according to Jim Puza, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director.

Another Salvation Army response team left Las Vegas Thursday morning with a mobile kitchen and support truck carrying food and water for approximately 3,000 more meals. Additional teams are on standby and supplies are available if needed.

The Salvation Army is grateful for the generous donations of food and time from businesses and individuals in the community to help meet the needs of evacuees and responders.

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Raising Up Hope, Every Night of the Week

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Salvation Army
PO Box 21787
St. Louis, MO 63109
Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado”

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Domino’s Pizza Delivers Support for Disaster Relief

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thanks to Domino’s Pizza for making a $6,000 donation to our disaster relief efforts in Joplin.

The Salvation Army has been providing emergency and spiritual care to Joplin families who have lost their homes, possessions and jobs, and Domino’s donation will help us continue our efforts. Presenting the check in front of the tornado-ravaged Domino’s location are (L-R) Max Spencer, volunteer; Jeff Pedrotty, spokesperson for Domino’s St. Louis, Major Jerold Forney, Salvation Army Incident Commander; Gary Bugajski, Vice President Domino’s St. Louis; Chris Moreno, Honorary Fire Fighter and Anthony McBaine, Halltown Fire Chief.

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Relief and Response in Massachusetts

Thursday, June 9, 2011

In western Massachusetts where many communities are recovering from the destructive June 1 tornadoes, the disaster has caused a roller coaster of emotions.

While volunteers walked door to door with hot meals, they reported an elderly individual approached one of them, collapsed in their arms, and sobbed, “I just don’t know what to do.”

Around the same time, a 7 year-old girl walked into one of the local Salvation Army centers to donate an envelope marked ‘Lemonade Stand Money’ with a smiley face, which she said she had earned to “help the people in her neighborhood who got hurt.”

The Salvation Army continues to serve the many needs of these communities and is working closely with the office of the Springfield, MA mayor during this process.

As the transition to the long term recovery phase of this disaster takes place, The Salvation Army will provide vouchers for clothes, groceries, hygiene products, and children’s supplies for those affected. Teams are being sent to help the elderly and disabled who are not able to clear their yards of debris.We’ll also continue to serve those in the disaster area as long as needed to make sure everyone has enough food, water, clothing and shelter.

Since the immediate hours following the western Massachusetts tornadoes, The Salvation Army has:

* Served 16,400 people, including 10,000 hot meals in 29 different locations and these services continue.

* Used 5 emergency feeding vehicles to manage the response

* Provided 100 cots for survivors in shelters,

* Mobilized 85 specially trained EDS volunteers and a handful of officers to serve the 4 hardest hit communities of Westfield, Springfield, Brimfield and Monson.

* Provided emotional and spiritual care to over 1,000 people in the first 48 hours.

To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Massachusetts, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here to donate and designate your gift for “Massachusetts Tornado Relief.” The Salvation Army in Massachusetts says their greatest need is financial donations. They have not expressed a need for clothing donations or volunteers at this time.

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Salvation Army Joins Joplin Multi-Agency Resource Center

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Salvation Army has joined with The Bridge to become a part of the Multiple Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) for Joplin disaster relief. The resource center consists of various charity organizations and local businesses offering services for storm victims. The M.A.R.C. offers the opportunity to access many services at one location including help with: housing, medical needs, debris removal, misc. supplies, counseling, emergency funding, new driver’s license, I.D., car title, unemployment, and much more. According to J.J. Travis of The Red Cross, “There is something here for every person affected by this disaster.”

Upon arrival at the M.A.R.C. survivors will go to The Red Cross to register for needed services. It’s helpful to have a form of identification and the address of the affected residence, but it is not required to receive assistance. Continuing support is available and provided based on the long term needs of individual survivors. The M.A.R.C. is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and is located at 3405 S. Hammonds Blvd, Joplin, MO.

MARC Services:

* Housing Assistance
* Medical
* Debris Removal
* Clothing & Hygienic Supplies
* Legal
* Counseling
* Unemployment
* Drivers License, I.D., Car Title
* Emergency Funding
* Social Security Benefits
* Childcare
* Volunteer Placement
* Educational Resources
* Veterans Affairs
* Casework
* Disability Services
* Food

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It’s on the Internet? It Must be True!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Warning: don’t believe everything you read online.

Whenever there’s a major natural disaster somewhere in the world, the internet rumor mill begins churning. Then all sorts of false messages circulate throughout the web, even ones that make The Salvation Army look good!

In the Expect Change blog’s article “Don’t believe every internet rumor you read!,” The Salvation Army Western Territory sets the record straight on the tales of the misinformation superhighway.

We’re proud of The Salvation Army’s strong record of good stewardship with your donations, so we don’t see any reason to stretch the truth.

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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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