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.

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.

San Diego Charger Marcus McNeill Visits Kroc Center

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Kroc Center of San Diego received a special visit from San Diego Chargers’ Marcus McNeill! The acclaimed Offensive Tackle stopped by the Kroc Center Day Camp to encourage “getting fit and having fun” as part of his mission to end childhood obesity.

Whether its food banks, blood drives, or scholarships, the San Diego Chargers football team has a long-standing reputation for helping the San Diego community.

Marcus was greeting by Majors Lee and Michele Lescano. Along with discussing the importance of exercise and nutrition, Marcus also guided the kids (300 of them!) through various physical challenges. You’ll get to see just how much fun the Kroc Center Day Camp really is by watching the video below!The Kroc Center Day Camp program provides children the opportunity to play and grow in a positive and safe environment. We strive to develop the whole child- mentally, physically, and emotionally through structured group activities that aid in socialization and self-confidence,

For more information on The Salvation Army Kroc Centers, please visit our website by clicking here.

The Army and the Media

Friday, August 19, 2011

Did you know that the average person spends approximately seven hours a month on Facebook? The same study found that 82% of social media users and 85% of Twitter users participate in a group or organization. This year alone, 70% of the digital universe will be created by users, not professionals. Studies like this have made it quite clear that the church must engage in social media if it wants to have a lasting ministry.

Although we are inundated with information on a daily basis (overwhelmingly so), it is our duty as an organization to help people find the right information. Technology is truly a blessing, allowing The Salvation Army to carry immediate messages around the world during disaster efficiently, effectively and best of all- cheaply!

With that said, the fall 2011 issue of The Salvation Army’s Caring magazine is not to be missed! The latest publication examines online engagement as an integral part of The Salvation Army’s daily media strategy and ministry.

Also in this issue: an inspiring interview with Mark Horvath. Formerly homeless, Horvath now runs invisiblepeople.tv, a platform where he posts raw videos intended to raise awareness about poverty in America. He felt called to make the “invisible visible”, and he’s doing just that through social media.

To order a copy of the latest Caring magazine titled “The Army and the Media”, visit caringmagazine.storenvy.com You can also receive updates on Facebook (@Caring Magazine) and on Twitter (@CaringMagazine).

Caring is a quarterly magazine of The Salvation Army featuring themes of social significance and stories of human goodness, practical assistance and love.