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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Kansas City Chiefs Team Up with Salvation Army for Disaster Relief

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs are proving they have big hearts for tornado survivors. The team is donating $35,000 to disaster-relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri and Reading, Kansas.

They’re also partnering with us at The Salvation Army to host a bottled-water drive at Arrowhead Stadium. If you’re a Kansas City resident or live nearby, this is a great way for you to help too. Here’s what you need to know:

Kansas City Chiefs Bottled Water Drive for Disaster Relief

WHAT: Donate Cases of Bottled Water, Cash, and Checks (Made out to Heart-to-Heart International)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 12:00am – 7:00pm and Wednesday, May 25, 7:00am – 7:00pm
WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium, Lot C, Kansas City, MO
WHY: Help Support Disaster Relief Efforts in Missouri and Kansas! Financial assistance and water are identified as the greatest need.

All bottled-water donations will be distributed by The Salvation Army at our four mobile feeding kitchens stationed in Joplin. The Chiefs are also accepting financial donations for Heart-to-Heart International for disaster recovery efforts in Joplin and Reading.

We hope you’ll come out to show your support! The Salvation Army would like to offer a huge thanks to The Kansas City Chiefs, their broadcast partners, and the public for all the great ways you’re assisting storm survivors. If you have any questions about the event, learn more at kchiefs.com.

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How to Support Storm Relief Efforts in Central US

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tornadoes have slammed Missouri and several states in the central US, where need is high and the fatality rate is expected to rise. The Salvation Army is on the scene throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Minnesota, and your monetary donations are vital in making sure we can continue our work there.

To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you can donate:

* Online at www.salvationarmyusa.org. Designate Specific Use for “Joplin Relief.”
* Over the phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
* Via text. Send “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Confirm when prompted with “yes.”

Many have asked about donating in-kind items, such as clothes, toys, or furniture. The Salvation Army is not accepting gifts in-kind, as there are not suitable facilities to store these items, and manpower to sort and transfer them are also limited. Monetary gifts are flexible and portable, and they allow our disaster teams to purchase the exact supplies they need, when they need them, in the amounts they need them. Click here for more information on this topic.

The local Salvation Army centers have not expressed a need for volunteers at this time, but you can register your name here in our disaster database should a need arise.

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