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MINOT SALVATION ARMY PREPARING FOR LONG HAUL

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

MINOT, N.D.:– The Minot Salvation Army is preparing to offer long-term assistance for local families affected by the flooding Souris River, expected to destroy hundreds of homes this weekend in Minot and surrounding communities.

With more than 12,000 people displaced and a reported 168 individuals at local shelters, that means many families are needing assistance in travel expenses or food and clothing as they are staying with friends or relatives.  The Salvation Army is prepared to help these displaced families with emergency supplies.  Cash donations are needed to provide these things to families in crisis.

Financial assistance for food, gas and other necessities is currently available for qualifying households displaced by the flood. To learn more, call 701-838-8925.

“Financial assistance will continue to be available after the floodwaters recede, cleanup begins and people begin rebuilding their lives, as resources allow,” said Major Donald Kincaid, Minot Salvation Army administrator. “But in order for us to assist all the people coming to us for help, we need as many donations as possible.”

Salvation Army teams from Minot, Fargo and the Twin Cities are currently providing food, drinks and emotional support in Minot and neighboring Burlington, Velba and Sawyer.

 

Monetary donations:

 

Donations can be made online at http://www.thesalarmy.org, by calling 800-SAL-ARMY. Be sure to designate your donation “Minot Flood.”

 

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.

Information provided by The Salvation Army Central Territory and released for publishing by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

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Systems Are Go for Salvation Army Flood Response in Minot (ND)

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

June 23, 2011

Minot, ND – With more Salvation Army disaster relief teams from Fargo and the Twin Cities en route, staff and volunteers are providing food, water and emotional support in Minot and nearby cities while flood crews scramble to raise levees. With parts of Minot already underwater, the Souris River is expected to crest this weekend.

“The Salvation Army’s feeding efforts will continue for weeks to come,” said Major Donald Kincaid, Minot Salvation Army administrator. “After the floodwaters recede, we will additionally offer clean-up kits and long-term support.”

“The Salvation Army has served in Minot since 1896,” Kincaid said. “This is our town, too. We are committed to serving this community the best we can, for as long as we are needed.”

Monetary donations:

The Salvation Army needs financial support now for Minot and for ongoing disaster response efforts elsewhere. Donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org, by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). You may designate your gift to the effort in MINOT or wherever we are helping to get people back on their feet.

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.

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

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.

The Salvation Army Offers Financial Aid to Reading, KS, Tornado Survivors

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

 KANSAS CITY, MO – The Salvation Army is moving into a new phase of disaster assistance for residents of Reading, Kansas, which was devastated by a tornado late Saturday night.

Salvation Army caseworkers are providing financial aid to tornado survivors to help with immediate needs such as food, clothing, medicine, shelter, bedding and baby products.

The financial help center got underway today through Thursday at the Reading elementary school. The hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. Beginning Friday, residents from Reading in need of financial assistance should go to The Salvation Army community center in Emporia, located at 327 Constitution Street. Residents are asked to bring with them a picture ID or documents showing their address, if possible.

Meanwhile, The Salvation Army continues mass feeding operations in Reading.  Since Sunday morning, emergency disaster services personnel have provided meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 500 people, including emergency workers, volunteers and residents. 

Local TV Station Partners with the Army to Help Missouri and Kansas Tornado Victims

KSHB-TV,Kansas City’s NBC Action News Station, has partnered with The Salvation Army to raise funds for tornado relief efforts in Joplin,Missouri and Reading,Kansas. All this week on NBC Action News at 5:00 and 6:00 pm, phone lines will be open and representatives from The Salvation Army will be accepting cash donations. The phone number to call to donate is 816.932.HELP (4357). The lines will be open each day from 5:00-7:00 pm. On Monday, NBC Action News viewers generously donated $59,300 in the two-hour telethon.

“The station was pleased to partner with the Salvation Army and provide a vehicle for our loyal viewers in the Kansas City area to help our neighbors in Joplin and Reading. We’ll be working together all week with The Salvation Army to raise funds and help anyway we can,” said Mike Vrabac, vice president and general manager for KSHB/KMCI-TV.

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.