Joplin: One Year Later

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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One year ago today, Joplin, MO homes and businesses were leveled within a matter of minutes when the town suffered a direct hit by a massive EF5 tornado with wind speeds over 200 mph. The storm killed 161 people and left most residents displaced and homeless.

Throughout the day, we’ll be featuring blog posts from Danni Eickenhorst, Communications Specialist from The Salvation Army in St. Louis. She’s in Joplin today taking part in the one year anniversary festivities and the Day of Unity event.

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Tuscaloosa Tornado Survivors Receive New Home

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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During times of disaster, The Salvation Army provides relief in the form of warm meals, snacks and beverages to families and individuals who have lost everything. Relief can also mean basic materials such as clothes, blankets, and toiletries. Relief can be as simple as providing a presence, a hug, or a prayer.

Relief can also mean a new home for a family in need!

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9/11 Volunteer Story: You can Make a Difference

Thursday, April 19, 2012
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In 2001, Kristina Paider was called to serve at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks. She was not a first responder, a member of a relief organization, a branch of the military or a minister of faith. She was a volunteer- one of many who, compelled by a sense of familial love and compassion for those suffering in the wake of the disaster, pushed aside her personal life for a month and traveled to New York City to offer her hands and her heart to the recovery process.

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Aiding Storm-Ravaged Communities in KS, IA, & OK

Monday, April 16, 2012
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After more than 100 tornadoes passed through Midwest and Plains states within a 24 hour stretch this past weekend, The Salvation Army remains on the scenes of some of the most ravaged towns to help storm survivors pick up the pieces.

Working out of mobile feeding unit bases, The Salvation Army is currently aiding residents in the towns of Wichita, Kansas; Creston, Iowa; Thurman, Iowa; and Woodward, Oklahoma.

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EDS Teams Deployed to Woodward, Oklahoma

Sunday, April 15, 2012
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The Salvation Army is responding to an outbreak of tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and Plains areas last night and early this morning. In Oklahoma, five lives were taken and at least 29 injuries were reported. The brunt of the storm’s force was felt in Woodward, OK where high winds damaged homes, toppled trees and destroyed power lines.

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Aiding Storm Survivors

Thursday, March 1, 2012
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The Salvation Army is providing relief to devastated areas of Kansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois following the severe weather and tornadoes that passed through the mid-west regions throughout Wednesday morning.

At least 16 tornados were reported from Nebraska and Kansas across southern Missouri to Illinois and Kentucky, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. 12 individuals from these areas were killed and many are suffering injuries as a result.

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Providing Relief in Harveyville, KS

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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The Salvation Army is providing support in Harveyville, Kansas following a tornado that ravaged the community late Tuesday night.

Emergency Disaster Service Volunteers from Topeka are on the scene providing meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews via mobile feeding kitchens. The Salvation Army is also offering emotional and spiritual support to those in need.

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Become a Trained Disaster Volunteer

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Over the past several months while our nation has faced record tornadoes, wildfires, and more, many of our supporters have asked, “How can I help with the disaster efforts?” and “What can I do to volunteer?”

During a disaster, The Salvation Army relies upon trained disaster workers to coordinate emergency relief operations and deliver fast, efficient service to disaster survivors. If you’re one of those who have a desire to volunteer during disasters, now is the time to do something about it.

We have many training courses that are taking place now throughout the end of the year, located all across the country, that will equip you with the skills needed to respond to disasters and support Salvation Army relief efforts.

Here are some helpful links where you can register as a volunteer and learn more about training:

– Volunteer Information

– Disaster Training Schedule

– Disaster Courses Descriptions

– Disaster Relief Services

Our volunteers play a crucial role in response efforts. We’re grateful to for each and every member of “the army behind The Army!”

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New Disaster Radio Podcast: Hurricane Earl Field Report

Friday, September 3, 2010

A quick Hurricane Earl update for everyone:

The Carolinas appear to have escaped serious damage as Earl stayed offshore according to reports from our area Salvation Army Divisions. The 3 evacuation shelters that opened yesterday have already been able to close their operations after serving more than 250 individuals.

However, personnel remain alert and ready as the storm heads up towards New England where it could still pose a significant threat.

On a side note – Salvation Army units from Puerto Rico to Maine have been gearing up this week in anticipation of Earl. Have you ever wondered what kind of work goes into preparing for and responding to something as extensive and severe as a hurricane?

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services released a new podcast yesterday that talks about what goes into disaster response, and more specifically how The Salvation Army’s Carolina Divisions disaster team is handling Hurricane Earl.

Check out the Disaster Radio podcast here: 09.2.10 Field Report: Hurricane Earl. Find more podcasts on their website here.

Learn more about The Salvation Army Carolinas Division at their website http://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org. You can also find Hurricane Earl updates on their Facebook (The Salvation Army of the Carolinas) and Twitter (@TSACarolinas) pages.

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