Flood Relief Work Continues in Tioga County, New York

Friday, September 23, 2011

The relief work continues in upstate New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers from in and within surrounding areas, Tioga County, one of the hardest-hit areas in the region, is progressing towards recovery.

The Salvation Army of Owego recently partnered with Tioga Opportunities, Inc.- a nonprofit human service agency- to provide disaster relief at Countryside Community Center. Along with assisting victims with clean-up, hot meals are being served daily from 11:30 – 5:00. The shelter is located at 9 Sheldon Blvd., Owego, NY.

The Salvation Army has deployed 1/3 of its officer personnel from The Empire State Division to affected sites. 11 mobile service and feeding units are still in service and have provided more than 15,000 meals and 30,000 bottles of water thus far. 2,800 cleanup kits have been distributed to victims.

If you’d like to help us in our recovery efforts, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also donate using your mobile phone by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a quick $10 donation*.

*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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Update: Salvation Army Disaster Relief

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency relief services to those struggling with the double blow of Tropical Storm Lee and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Some areas along the Northeast coast were hit with both storms. Continued flooding and a serious lack of resources have made living conditions extremely difficult for those in the impacted areas.

Within the last two weeks, The Salvation Army has served more than 515,000 meals, snacks and drinks to victims and emergency responders along the East Coast, using 76 emergency response vehicles.

“Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene did a one – two punch, severely increasing the need in flood impacted northeastern states. Nevertheless, The Salvation Army is there, serving and providing relief services to all community members in need”, said Major George Hood Community Relations & Development Secretary.

Here are the most recent updates:

In Pennsylvania:

The Salvation Army is feeding at ten Red Cross shelters and has deployed six canteens to assist.

In Vermont:

The Salvation Army is providing meals in the areas of Rutland and Waterbury.

In New York:

The Salvation Army is still feeding evacuees and emergency responders from mobile canteens in various New York towns such as Schenectady, Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Binghamton, Nichols and Sydney.

Salvation Army personnel are stationed at three Disaster Assistance Centers in Delaware, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. Centers are in operation from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In Amsterdam, a feeding support is set up at the Montgomery County shelter. In Schenectady, a shelter is provided at the Schenectady High School.

In Massachusetts:

The Salvation Army deployed emergency relief teams to the areas of New Bedford, Attleboro and Metro Boston to provide food, drinks and clean-up kits.

The best way that you can help us provide is to donate monetarily. Donations can be made online by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

You can also text the word ‘STORM’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your cell phone.

Checks should be designated “2011 Hurricane Season” and can be sent to:

Disaster Gift Processing Center

PO B ox 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301

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A Helpful Journey

Friday, September 2, 2011

The following was contributed by Gene and Edie Pigford, Lt. Colonels from The Salvation Army

Our journey began on Tuesday, August 30. Edie and I travelled to Oneonta to support the Salvation Army Command Center which was helping provide emergency relief intervention in communities devastated by Hurricane Irene.

Our first stop was Fleishmans where we stopped at a canteen from Ohio under the leadership of Lt Jason Price. The canteen was based at a local church which was coordinating local relief efforts. Local residents were appreciative of the food, including members of a Hassidic community who were pleased at the availability of kosher food.

Next was Margaretville, a community hit with considerable impact from Irene. One of the lifelong residents described seven feet of water coming down the town’s main street. Severe structural damage appears to have rendered the old historic section of Main Street not salvageable. The town is awaiting final word concerning the loss of this resource. One resident was concerned about his pets that he had to leave behind when they were told to evacuate. He was later able to retrieve them, but was struggling to find living arrangements for both him and his pets.

The Margaretville Fire Department was most appreciative of our efforts to convey some supplies on their behalf to the Prattsville community

Roxbury was well served by a canteen from Buffalo. They were able to coordinate with a local pastor and school principal to provide food, cleaning supplies and spiritual care to community residents. We had the privilege of praying with them and ask God to bless their efforts and their community.

By far the most devastated community was Prattsville. We were able to reach the community by back roads, some of which went directly through the devastated areas. The Army established a canteen relief site and distributed food and cleaning supplies to area residents and relief workers. A local church is currently providing hot meals in a tent, but the pastor indicated that soon these volunteers will need to look after their own homes. The State Police helped us connect with an 82 year old woman that had not been out of her house since the hurricane hit.

A few local merchants were very discouraged by the damage done to their businesses and questioned whether rebuilding would be worth it. The town supervisor was very helpful and encouraging to the community, offering hands-on assistance to residents.

The town has limited water and will not have power for some time due to broken power lines. Most of the town residents we came across were in good spirits and working hard to rebuild their towns.

Our sense is that some communities will recover fairly quickly. But others, like Margaretville and especially Prattsville, will need ongoing support for some time.

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Salvation Army Continues Response & Relief Along East Coast

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thousands are still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene’s tear along the east coast and The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of individuals and families of the affected areas in several states. In the southern part of the U.S. alone, The Salvation Army has served more than 60,000 meals, snacks and drinks and handed out hundreds of clean-up kits.

From North Carolina to Massachusetts, here are the updates:

A current priority in North Carolina is helping the 2,400 stranded individuals on an island in the Outerbanks. The Salvation Army is ferrying to the barrier islands from the south while mobile feeding canteen teams from commands in South Carolina are ready to provide the much needed food and water.

In other parts of North Carolina and Virginia, mobile feeding units capable of providing thousands of meals per day, are positioned in Norfolk, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, and the Seaford and York Communities. In Norfolk and Spotsylvania Counties alone, The Salvation Army has already served more than 6,400 meals, snacks and drinks and provided lodging to 265 people. In Hampton Roads, 2,345 meals and 95 clean-up kits have been provided, while the shelter has housed over 270 individuals. Salvation Army mobile kitchens in North Carolina are prepared to serve 90,000 individuals!
In Maryland, The Salvation Army has fed survivors, first responders and volunteers. As of today, 119 volunteers have prayed with individuals and given their time to serve 3,227 meals and 5,019 drinks to affected Maryland residents. Folks still without power in southeast Washington, DC – mostly senior citizens – were provided with meals and beverages last night.

Power outages and continuous flooding from high rising rivers are two biggest challenges in New Jersey as a result of Hurricane Irene. While local authorities work to bring back order in the garden state, The Salvation Army has served 15,000 meals to first responders and evacuees.

In New York City, 1,000 clean-up kits have been secured for deployment to the Mid-Hudson region. What’s a clean up kit? See here.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services crews continue to provide for areas in the Greater Philadelphia region affected by the storm. Three canteens were deployed Monday to provide meals and refreshments to those experiencing flooding, power losses, and damage.

In Connecticut, The Salvation Army has served hundreds of meals to evacuees at shelters as well as to first responders.

Vermont is experiencing the worst flooding disaster in the last 80 years. A canteen capable of serving 500 has been deployed to Ludlow, VT to provide meals and care for victims. Ludlow is just one of many towns in Vermont devastated by the storm. The Salvation Army intends to deploy more canteens to other struggling areas of the state.
Hundreds of survivors in Greenfield, Massachusetts will receive clean-up kits after flooding in the western part of the state. The Salvation Army continues to serve at numerous shelter facilities throughout Massachusetts and other parts of New England.

In addition to providing meals, beverages, snacks, clean-up kits, and general support, Salvation Army officers are always willing and ready to provide spiritual counseling to those impacted by disaster of any kind.
Check out more photos on Facebook.

Click here to donate! *Or, simply text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.

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What’s a Canteen?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Check out this video presenting the very foundation of The Salvation Army Disaster services – the Canteen. The Salvation Army deploys these “kitchens on wheels” during times of disaster. A single canteen can provide food for 500 to 5,000 individuals, depending on the unit.

Throughout the last few days, The Salvation Army has served more than 60,000 meals, beverages, and snacks to those impacted by Hurricane Irene.

In total, The Salvation Army has 370 mobile feeding units and five mobile kitchens up and down the East coast, serving those in need.

Check back here for updates. You can also visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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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
Check back here for updates or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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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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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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