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Hope Rising As Flood Waters Recede in Southeastern Kentucky

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Middlesboro, KY – “We’re like an island, cut off by water from everything around us” said Captain Adrian Twinney, Incident Commander, speaking about flooding in and around the city of Middlesboro.

The flash flooding that swept through coupled with the continued threat of severe weather has Salvation Army personnel keeping a watchful eye on surrounding areas and local communities.   Working with State and local Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), Captain Twinney is coordinating The Salvation Army’s response to the evolving Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) effort. 

The mobile feeding unit (canteen) based in Knoxville, Tennessee—along with a trained crew—has been dispatched to augment The Salvation Army’s response effort for those impacted by the flooding.   Still other units in The Salvation Army’s EDS response fleet remain on standby to assist if called upon.

Mr. Joe Hughes, Divisional Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Kentucky & Tennessee, said “Over the past several months we’ve had a significant increase in the need for EDS response in this part of our division.   This highlights the need for a more pronounced EDS presence.   The division has decided to position a brand new Emergency Disaster Response Vehicle (DRV) in Middlesboro.”   These vehicles are custom made, so it will take some time, but the process has already started.

The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster is still evolving, but it is likely to include hot, nutritious meals provided to the established shelter as well as another site to better serve those displaced by the flood water, along with snacks and cold drinks.   Additionally, there are plans for distributing clean-up kits.  Containing such cleaning basics as a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves; a clean-up kit seems basic.   But when filthy, contaminated water has invaded every corner of your home—basics are essentials

An integral component of The Salvation Army’s holistic approach to disaster response is Emotional & Spiritual Care.  The successful rescue of the miners trapped in Jellico #1 Mine, has focused attention on those impacted by the same flood water that endangered the miners.  Like all disasters, floods bring significant stress to those impacted and those responding.   The Salvation Army has staff and volunteers who are trained to provide Emotional and Spiritual Care on a variety of levels. 

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this flooding, please visit:   www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.  You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort.   The donation will appear on your next phone bill. 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Released by The Salvation Army Souhern Territory Communications Bureau.

FLOOD RESPONSE IN SOUTH DAKOTA, WESTERN IOWA & EASTERN NEBRASKA

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

SALVATION ARMY Donations of Clean-up Supplies Needed

 

With river levels rising daily, thousands of South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa homes along the Missouri River are being threatened. The Salvation Army continues its relief work in the greater Siouxland area. Salvation Army disaster relief efforts have been underway in the following areas:  South Dakota (six sites) including McCook Lake, Wynstone Estates, the Gateway Complex, Tyson Event Center and two sites in Dakota Dunes; where levee construction is substantially completed.

The Salvation Army disaster services team from Watertown, SD joined the Sioux City team in providing meals, snacks and beverages to over 16,000 workers and residents, who have put in over 1,300 hours of help, in Sioux City, and Dakota City, NE and along the riverfront in Dakota Dunes, SD. 

The Salvation Army Western Division, based in Omaha, NE is also coordinating plans for disaster relief operations in the Omaha Metro area including Council Bluffs, as flood waters continue to rise along the Missouri River.

The Omaha Salvation Army has partnered with Action News 3, Journal Broadcast Radio, Two Men and A Truck, CBSHOME Real Estate and Omaha Fire Department to collect supplies for clean-up kits, which will be distributed throughout the Western Division in the coming weeks and months. Employees of Koca Chiropractic Clinic are also collecting supplies for the flood response. Items most needed include bottled water, Gatorade, rubber gloves, buckets, disinfectant, brushes, brooms, mops and safety goggles.

To donate to The Salvation Army’s flood response in South Dakota, Iowa or Nebraska visit givesalvationarmy.org, call 800-SAL-ARMY.

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Submitted by: The Salvation Army USA Central Territory Office of Public and Corporate Relations

Source: Susan Eustice, Director of Public Relations

SALVATION ARMY JOPLIN DISASTER SOCIAL SERVICES NOW OPEN AT OASIS

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Emergency services and assistance free to the public

Joplin, MO:- The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Social Services has relocated from The Bridge to The Salvation Army Oasis located on the corner of 26th & Main effective today. Joplin residents in need of social service support for food, clothing, gas, meals, beverages, toiletries and other critical support and information will find assistance at the Oasis from 9-5 p.m. daily. All Salvation Army Emergency services and assistance are free to the public.

What Joplin residents will find at The Salvation Army Oasis:

  • Meals
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Beverages
  • Gas
  • Social Service Assistance
  • Lost & Found
  • The Hope Station

Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:

The Salvation Army is partnering with HOPE Station to provide hope to the Joplin community. This will be a 5 week event which will include music, art, food, worship and opportunities for people to share their stories of hope.

The campaign now in progress and is also held at the Salvation Army’s Oasis off 26th and Main. Included is a nightly dinner, live music, a kid’s station with donated toys, guest speakers, and more. This event will take place nightly until the 4th of July. For more information on the HOPE Station visit www.thehopestation.org.

The Salvation Army Lost & Found located on the corner of 26th & Main at The Salvation Army Oasis is now open daily from 9-5 p.m. The Salvation Army Lost & Found is a place where the community can come and bring lost family items to be reunited with owners.

Monetary donations:

The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to make a donation by credit card.

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

Source: Faithe Colas: Public Information Officer

 

Submitted by: The Salvation Army USA Central Territory Office of Public and Corporate Relations

Released by: The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau

 

 

THE SALVATION ARMY PROVIDING SUPPORT IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

June 2, 2011 Leave a comment

 Tornado Victims and First Responsers being Assisted

 

SPRINGFIELD and CANTON, MA – The Salvation Army is assisting tornado victims and first responders from western and centralMassachusetts including inWestfield,Springfield, Monson, Brimfield and Sturbridge.  Beginning yesterday afternoon, The Salvation Army deployed four mobile feeding units to provide a continuous supply of food and water to residents and first responders who are affected by the storms. These units will remain in operation for the near future.

Major Thomas Perks, Commanding Officer of The Greater Springfield Salvation Army says they are currently assessing the damage and evaluating what is needed to help local residents. “Right now, the main goal is to provide food and water to those who are unable to get out of their homes or neighborhoods. We are in this for the long haul, we will help folks until it’s over,” says Major Perks. 

Last night, according to Chris Farrand, Director of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services inMassachusetts, the Army provided over 1,800 hot meals and 200 cots to victims and first responders throughout the hardest hit areas.

The Salvation Army Officers and Emergency Disaster Services professionals and volunteers continue to serve first responders with hot meals and water at the State’s command centers located in the highly impacted areas ofSpringfield,Westfieldand Monson/Brimfield. Also inSpringfield, a team is mobilizing to provide food, water and emotional and spiritual support to those in need. Throughout the region, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services’ teams are poised to continue providing services including food, shelter, clothing, a listening ear and essential supplies.

“We remain in constant contact with federal, state and local officials to ensure we are continuing to provide the critical disaster support services and responses that are needed throughout the state – just as our fellow Salvation Army divisions are doing in other tornado ravaged areas across the country” continued Chris Farrand.

In the coming days, there will be a request for non-perishable food and water donations. The Salvation Army will make an announcement as soon as a drop off location is determined.

The Salvation Army is asking for monetary donations toward tornado relief in Massachusetts, which can be made on-line at www.salvationarmy-ma.org or through the Salvation Army’s Text to Give number. A $10 minimum donation can be made by texting the word TSAMA10 to 85944. 

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

Salvation Army Active in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri

May 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Oklahoma City, OK   – The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma is active in disaster response to several areas as a result of weather related events.  A strong storm system crossed Oklahoma and Arkansas on May 24 that developed multiple thunderstorms and tornadoes across the division.  Additionally, flooding still continues to be an issue in both states due to previous storm systems.

Arkansas

Lt. Josh Robinett, Russellville, will be serving lunch from the Little Rock canteen in Denning (Franklin County) today.  Denning was struck by a tornado late last night.   The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross and local emergency management to ensure the immediate needs of responders and survivors are met.

In McGehee (Desha County), The Salvation Army continues to support National Guard troops working on levees along the Mississippi river.  Jason Burns, McGehee Service Center, as well as numerous volunteers have served 5,752 meals over 13 days.  Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, is also on sit3.  Volunteers from Desha and Chicot counties have provided 1,343 hours of service.

Oklahoma

The Central Oklahoma Area Command has been dispatched to a location West of El Reno to support search, rescue and recovery efforts.  The command post is being operated by El Reno Fire Department at Highways 66 and 270.  Lunch and dinner will be served to responders at the command post as well as storm survivors.  The El Reno Service Centercontinues to act as a shelter for those who lost homes.  It has also become an information center for residents.

The command is also providing transportation for supplies being delivered to Delaware Countyto assist with response efforts in that area as a result of storms on Sunday.

The Enid canteen continues to serve responders and storm survivors in Woodward County.  Damage assessments are still underway in the area.

The Lawton canteen provided breakfast to the shelter at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha (GradyCounty) this morning.  The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross on shelter operations.  Captain Ernest Hull, Lawton, and Lt. James Biddix of Chickasha are assessing the damage in Grady County and working with emergency management to see if there are further needs. 

The Ponca City canteen completed service late last night as search and rescue efforts near Stillwater were completed. 

Missouri

Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa, and a volunteer continue to be on the scene in Joplin, Missouri, where a devastating tornado hit on Sunday evening.   They arrived at 3:30 Am on Monday morning.  The canteen, capable of 2,000 meals per day, is now located near St. John’s hospital supporting numerous responders. 

Captain Jones said, “On Monday, the faces of the residents were in total shock.  It was difficult to even serve a bottle of water or cup of coffee as they didn’t even know they needed it.”

The Salvation Army needs financial donations to help in times of disaster.  Those who want to help people affected by disasters can make a donation to support Salvation Army Disaster Services.  These gifts make it possible for The Salvation Army to provide food and hydration, emotional and spiritual care, and other assistance to disaster survivors.

Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate.   

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

The Salvation Army Quickly Responds to This Week’sTornadoes

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Oklahoma City, OK   – Even as devastating tornadoes and storms head East in Oklahoma, The Salvation Army is on the move.  The Salvation Army is working with Emergency Management and has been asked to respond to various locations.

Oklahoma

The Central Oklahoma Area Command is deploying the mobile feeding unit to support the shelter in El Reno.  El Reno is located in Canadian County where damage and fatalities are reported.   The Salvation Army shelter is located at 201 S. Bickford.

The Enid mobile feeding unit is being deployed toWoodwardCountyin westernOklahoma.  They will be responding to Cedar Ridge Mobile Home Park where approximately 60 manufactured homes were destroyed.  Search and rescue efforts are underway.

The Lawton mobile feeding unit is being dispatched to Chickasha where numerous structures were damaged or destroyed by a tornado.  Also, an apartment complex was heavily damaged.  Lt. James Biddix, Chickasha, and Captain Ernie Hull, Lawton, will be providing food and hydration to emergency responders and storm victims.

The Ponca City mobile feeding unit, currently in Stillwater with Sgt. Rob Daniels, is deploying to the intersection of 19th and Western in Stillwater to support first responders and damage assessment teams. 

Missouri

Additionally, the Tulsa mobile feeding unit with Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa, and a volunteer continue to be on the scene in Joplin, Missouri, where a devastating tornado hit on Sunday evening.   The unit is located near the hospital where the Search and Rescue Mobile Command is located and they are supporting numerous responders.  The unit is providing 24-hour around the clock feeding and hydration.

Tornado watches and warnings continue to be prevalent in Oklahoma moving in an eastward direction.   All Arkansas-Oklahoma division units are on stand-by. 

Multiple locations in Oklahoma have sustained damage due to tornadoes although reports are still coming in to the state EOC.  Tornado warnings and watches, thunderstorm warnings and watches, and flood warnings continue to be in effect across much of Eastern Oklahoma.

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The Salvation Army is prepared to provide care and compassion, food and hydration to those affected by storms.   Please pray for all of those affected by the storms in Central United States in the last few days.

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Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate.   All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

Help Joplin Relief Efforts

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Salvation Army has established a text-to-donate number specifically to support the  relief effort in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. 

  • Cell phone users may text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation
  • Credit card donations are also being accepted by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or clicking on  www.salvationarmyusa.org.
  • Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway,Kansas City,MO 64111. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.”

At this time, in-kind donations are not being accepted as financial donations better allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of survivors.

Kansas City TV Station Telethon 

NBC Action News inKansas City hosted a telethon Monday from 5-7 PM to raise money for The Salvation Army tornado relief efforts in Joplin and Reading, Kansas.  The station reported late Monday night more than $59,000 had been raised during their two hour evening news block. 

As of Tuesday Morning

Currently, The Salvation Army has four mobile feeding kitchens stationed in Joplin; each is capable of serving several thousand meals. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network also arrived in Joplin May 23 to assist survivors in locating loved ones through a ham radio network.

In Reading, Kansas, which was struck by a tornado over the weekend, The Salvation Army is serving hundreds of meals per day from two mobile feeding kitchens.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.