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.

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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.

The Right Tools For Going Back to School!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

As the end of summer draws near, families everywhere are scavenging the store aisles to grab the school supply items requested by that oh-so-specific new teacher. But amidst the hustle and bustle of nabbing deals and buying new clothes is an often overlooked reality: many kids are without these basic back-to-school necessities.

That’s where The Salvation Army comes in. Thanks to an awesome national effort of volunteers, partnerships, and local businesses, thousands of kids across the country are returning to school with new clothes, supplies, and confidence- the right ingredients needed for success in the classroom.

The Target School Spree events provided nearly 12,000 children with a gift card worth $80 to purchase items needed for school. Those selected by the Salvation Army to receive the gift card also received one-on-one shopping assistance to ensure all of their needs were met. Nearly 500 Target stores participated in the one-day Target School Spree event.
In Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Project Backpack led to the children singing in appreciation as they received backpacks and supplies provided by Huntington Bank. Almost 500 backpacks were distributed! This included participants from the Summer Enrichment program at the six community centers throughout the city. “It’s so wonderful to be part of this event,” stated Major Faith Miller, Divisional Program Secretary. “We’re so grateful to the companies and those in the community who make these programs possible.”
Across the country Salvation Army locations teamed up with local businesses to “Stuff the Bus”. Krispy Kremes in North and South Carolina offered a delicious donut incentive to folks who donated supplies.

Florida Salvation Army locations “Stuffed the Bus” by partnering with Publix Supermarkets, United Way, First Coast News, and Community First Credit Union. In Jacksonville alone they helped 2,000 needy children!

The Salvation Army of Orlando partnered with Publix Supermarkets for the“School Tools for Cool Kids” supply drive. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer even stopped by on the first day to pass out nearly 700 bags of school supplies to the area families!
The Salvation Army of El Paso, Texas collected enough donations to help more than 420 children in the area, including children at the Child Crisis Center and those residing at the Salvation Army emergency family shelter.

The San Antonio Salvation Army provided 2,000 pairs of shoes to about 1,000 families in need. Within three shifts,250 volunteers fit shoes on the feet of these children- that’s gotta’ be a record!

The Salvation Army of Amarillo, Texas partnered with Wal-Mart to provide brand new shoes and socks for thousands of children. More than 800 students visited the store to pick out the shoes they wanted!These are just a few examples of the back-to-school events that have been going on across the country since late July. Children are enjoying their last few days of freedom rather than spending their final days of summer vacation wondering if they’ll have these necessities. Because of generous donors and faithful volunteers, education is made a priority, families in need can afford other necessities for a healthy lifestyle, and kids are left to focus on their studies without the distractions of “not having”.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

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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