Thursday, March 8, 2012
Through my experience with The Salvation Army, I’ve witnessed first-hand how much goes into emergency recovery responses, and that the response is not just contained to the first few days or weeks, or indeed, until the media moves onto another story.
Recovery efforts continue well into the weeks, months, and sometimes years ahead – until families are back on their feet, shops are reopened, school bells ring, or until a new normal is established. I
Monday, March 5, 2012
The Salvation Army is serving in several states following the weekend’s violent weather that killed 39 people, injured many, and destroyed communities throughout the Midwest and South.
As a reminder that spring has yet to arrive, residents in Indiana and Kentucky – who endured an EF-4 tornado on Friday – are now suffering cold weather and snow while they work to restore what’s left of their homes.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The Salvation Army continues to provide aid to impacted areas of the Midwest and Southern United States following a series of historic tornadoes and severe weather that left a path of devastation and destruction yesterday. Our Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are on the scene of service in multiple states.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Many thanks to Major Bobby Westmorelan of The Salvation Army Ukraine and The Salvation Army, Southern Territory for providing the following information.
Recent temperatures in the Ukraine have reached as low as -36 degrees Celsius: the cause of a reported 135 person death toll. The Salvation Army is responding to the emergency by providing aid to the most vulnerable in all 13 unit locations throughout the country.
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.
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Salvation Army opened a new Central Texas Wildfire Relief Center in Austin on Friday. The center, located at 12317 Technology Blvd. Suite 300, serves as a distribution point for donated items to wildfire survivors. Families and individuals who lost their homes can select donated items: clothing, shoes, toiletries, water and household items. Additionally, The Salvation Army is providing gift cards to those in need.
Seventy-eight volunteers responded to our appeal for help last week and sorted through the overwhelming number of items received from donations. The KXAN’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign brought in several truck loads of items. Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers and staff who helped organize and distribute the donations!
Although the fires in Bastrop County have been mostly contained, the distribution center will remain open this week, Monday-Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army mobile feeding units are still active in Bastrop County, providing food and drinks to those in need. Since arriving in Bastrop County, Salvation Army feeding units have served more than 23,500 drinks, 6,000 snacks and 1,600 meals.
For more information on The Salvation Army distribution, please call (512) 476-1111.
If you’d like to donate monetarily, you can do so online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Checks can be sent to:
The Salvation Army
PO BOX 36607
Dallas, TX 75235
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:
The Salvation Army is feeding at ten Red Cross shelters and has deployed six canteens to assist.
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.
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
Friday, September 2, 2011
As the storm system threatens Tropical Storm Lee and twenty inches of rain on parts of the Gulf Coast, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide relief if disaster strikes.
Read more about the coming storm here.
Flash flooding remains a concern for residents of these states. Salvation Army offices in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi are geared up with 24 mobile feeding units and a gigantic field kitchen in case a response is necessary. We are also prepared to provide clean-up kits, water, shower units, first-aid supplies, and spiritual care.
The Salvation Army would like to encourage residents in the path of this storm to prepare for Emergency. Read more about how you can stay prepared by Clicking Here.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The following was contributed by Mary Jo Barnello, Director of Development and Community Relations at The Salvation Army Empire State Division.
Traveling into the hard-hit village of Margaretville, NY from the Incident Command Center located in Oneonta, NY, the skies were blue, the temperatures seasonable and the drive breathtaking as we traversed the winding roads of the Catskill mountains. Leading in, the town of Delhi celebrated the end of summer with a farmers’ market lining Main Street, American flags displayed on porches, and flowerbeds in full bloom.
As we approached Margaretville, the beautiful creeks running along the roadway mile by mile became increasingly rushed. They converged on the outskirts of town and turned dark brown and raging. Debris were evident on trees and mud covered everything including the roadway. The National Guard was stationed on the closed bridges, clearing alternate roadways and directing travel in and out of town. Flying overhead, six black helicopters circled the town several times bringing in supplies. The Margaretville Firehouse has become the center of the community. The Salvation Army disaster relief vehicle was the heart of the operation, positioned right in front. The Salvation Army Team of Bellaire, Ohio was serving food fast and furious to residents, volunteers, firefighters from neighboring stations, and National Guard personnel. The Salvation Army served hundreds at the Firehouse with countless more waiting for delivered meals.
A cheer went up when The Salvation Army box truck loaded with supplies arrived. More than 15 firemen leaped into action to unload the supplies ofwater, cleaning kits, baby supplies, pet food and canned food for mass distribution. The firemen worked side by side with Salvation Army volunteers to help the townspeople make their selections. The overwhelming response from residents and volunteers alike was deep gratitude and sincere appreciation that The Salvation Army was there helping with such basic needs.
“We really appreciate The Salvation Army being here helping our community,we need it and you guys are a great support,” said Mike Porter, thePresident of the Margaretville Fire Department and Communications Officer.“So far, we’ve been at it for days and have had 48 rescues already. Now, volunteers from Stanford, Andes and Halcottsville are here helping with pumps and clean-up. The Salvation Army is taking care of all of us with food.”
See more Photos Here.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Three Salvation Army teams in Japan have arrived and are serving at several disaster sites in Japan. The Japanese Government has recognized The Salvation Army’s work and has given our teams permission to enter the disaster area and use access roads that are closed off to the public.
The first of the three teams went to Sendai, where about 1,000 meals were served to evacuees. Our mobile emergency canteen prepared hot meals and drinks to give out at the Sendai Salvation Army church.
Another team went to a relief office in the Mito area and unloaded bottles of water, biscuits, blankets, diapers and tissue boxes for distribution to evacuees.
The third team headed to an area where people had been evacuated from the vicinity around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but snow and shortage of petrol meant they had to divert to other areas to support evacuees.
Offers of support are pouring in from around the world. Two experienced emergency services workers have flown to Tokyo from The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London to assist their Japanese colleagues. The BBC reports that volunteers from a British group which failed to obtain clearance to work in the affected areas ‘donated their food and medical supplies to The Salvation Army working in the country’.
The Salvation Army’s Korea Territory has arranged for the K-Water Corporation to provide 100,000 bottles of water to be sent to Japan – 30,000 bottles by the end of the week, followed by the rest within a short time – and the Korea Disaster Relief Association will be sending 5,000 first-aid kits. Salvationists in Korea are holding a month of prayer for the people of Japan.
In a touching show of solidarity 1,500 young Salvationists in Haiti – who themselves have recent experience of a devastating earthquake – made prayer for Japan a focus of their rally in Fond-des-Nègres on March 11-12.