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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Hurricane Irene Makes Landfall in North Carolina

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene made landfall this morning near Cape Lookout in North Carolina. Disaster response teams are already on the ground from Florida to Maine, serving first responders, assisting the evacuation of low lying areas, feeding at shelters and providing a broad range of support. In total The Salvation Army has 370 canteens and five mobile feeding kitchens throughout the areas that are anticipating the disaster.

The Salvation Army has strategically staged locations for personnel and vehicles in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Mobile feeding units as well as spiritual and emotional care will be provided to emergency responders and those affected by the storm.

Check back here for updates. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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.*

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop.Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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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.*

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop.Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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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.*

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 85944 to stop. Reply HELP to 85944 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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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.

Check back here for updates. You can also visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date news.

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Salvation Army Readies for Hurricane Irene

Monday, August 22, 2011

As Hurricane Irene strikes the coast of Puerto Rico and gradually moves towards Florida and South Carolina, The Salvation Army stands ready to spring into action. The storm, currently producing 80 mph winds, is expected to hit the East Coast on Saturday.

Major damage in Puerto Rico was evidenced over the weekend resulting in half of the island experiencing no electricity and leaving many people without water. The significant possibility of other severe storms, tornados, and flooding has residents in all parts of Florida to the Carolinas keeping a close eye on the threatening storm.

The Salvation Army is prepared in the case that Hurricane Irene makes landfall. Specifically, the Florida Division of the Salvation Army is equipped with 40 mobile kitchens, shower trailers, field kitchens, and additional equipment strategically placed around the state.

We’d like to encourage you to prepare an emergency supply kit, make an evacuation plan, and stay on top of all storm warnings. Please check back for updates. You can also find updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Stories from the Gulf: Kathlene’s Testimony

Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Almost two years following Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi resident Kathlene Meier says she was still trying to rebuild her home pay check by pay check with only the help of her family, a process she expected would take many more years.

Imagine her relief when a knock on her door one day from a surprise visitor from The Salvation Army led to them receiving all the supplies they needed to complete their house. Kathlene shares the details of her story in the video above.

Kathlene is one of many people who found help rebuilding her home through The Salvation Army. We opened 84,000 cases helping 350,000 people with 84,000 with repair, rebuilding, furnishings and supplies.

Read more in our Katrina 5 Year Report about how The Salvation Army provided relief to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and continues to strengthen communities.

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When the Winds Died Down

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

As we approach the 5th year anniversary of Katrina, the nation is reflecting this week on tragedy that befell the Gulf Coast so many years ago and how the area has pressed on since. As an integral part of the community, The Salvation Army was there before the storm, and we were there after working to provide support and help rebuild.

The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Division posted an album on their Facebook page that looks back at their efforts to help those in need during the immediate aftermath. From serving food to providing medical support, The Salvation Army was a shining light during a very dark time.

But as we think back on the past five years, we also continue to look forward.

As a part of continuing recovery efforts, The Salvation Army is investing in projects, communities and individual lives in order to help the area become even stronger than before.

“When the Winds Died Down” gives a personal look at how members of the Gulf Coast community found support and hope from The Salvation Army. We’ll continue to post a new video each day this week that delves further into each individual’s personal story and how The Salvation Army helped them rebuild.

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EnviRenew – Helping New Orleans Progress from ‘Recovery’ to ‘Resiliency’

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hurricane Katrina displaced almost all of the New Orleans population when it slammed the Gulf Coast five years ago. Studies show that only about half of the population had returned a year later, increasing to two-thirds by fall of 2007.

While living in southeast Texas, I was surprised by how many people I met during the year following Hurricane Katrina who were hurricane evacuees still waiting to return home. They said they either had no where left to go or the conditions just weren’t liveable. Some said they decided to not go back at all. These conversations made me realize that restoring New Orleans was more than just cleaning up debris and reconstructing buildings. The heart and soul of the ‘Big Easy’ was its residents, but its residents were finding it very difficult to be able to return and thrive back home.

The Salvation Army of New Orleans recognized this problem and launched EnviRenew, a strategy to renew communities through continued Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Envirenew began in 2006 and continues to find innovative ways to strengthen New Orleans.

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Pictured is an affordable, energy efficient home built through EnviRenew. These units are helping revive New Orleans communities, and they’re also designed to withstand strong weather.

The initiative really is amazing. They’ve awarded $10 million in grants to help rebuild 5 New Orleans neighborhoods. They’re constructing affordable, green homes for those in need, improving quality of life and breaking down the high cost barriers that prevent most of these people from being able to return and rebuild. They’re also attracting teachers and first responders to the neighborhoods to make them even stronger. The whole approach is making a positive difference and has even gained expert support.

The interior of an EnviRenew home.

Even 5 years after Hurricane Katrina, The Salvation Army remains committed to help New Orleans progress from a “recovering” city to a “resilient” city. This week you can even have an opportunity to be a part of this!

This Thursday, August 26, The Salvation Army will host a co-sponsored event with FedEx called “The Resiliency Summit.” New Orleans leaders along with national and local experts will celebrate the progress made over the past 5 years and discuss what it will take to create a vibrant and sustainable future for New Orleans communities. This event is free and open to the public, but you have to sign up beforehand! Register here.

Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages for updates on this exciting event. For more information on Envirenew, visit their website at www.envirenew.org.

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