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It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

Each year, people in the United States are killed or injured by any number of severe weather. That includes storms that had advanced warning. And while 2014 was a relatively quiet storm season compared to past years, it’s even more crucial to take advantage now and get prepared for a disaster that could strike at any moment.

In recognition of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week-a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of being prepared for severe weather-we hope to inspire you to gather the family and put together an emergency plan. Preparing for severe weather does not have to be complicated or even expensive and it could mean the survival of you and your loved ones.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews are constantly monitoring potential weather disasters and are ready to serve immediately. They also strongly encourage disaster preparedness.

This is a great time to get the family together and get started on your emergency plan. To help you get started, here a few basic tips courtesy of Ready. gov on how to prepare a basic disaster kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

And don’t forget items for your pets!

  • Pack extra pet food and water for 3-5 days
  • Medication and medical records and a first aid kit
  • Sturdy leash or harnessFor more information or tips on how to better prepare your family for an emergency, check out  The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services

 

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The Salvation Army Prepares to Respond to Storms in Nebraska and Iowa

 

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Salvation Army personnel throughout the Western Division (Nebraska, western Iowa and South Dakota) are mobilizing to respond to tornadoes and damaging winds which forecasters are predicting will occur today and overnight. Currently, The Salvation Army has a minimum of five canteens (mobile kitchen units) ready to enter the affected areas as soon as the storm passes.

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families. Mobile kitchens and canteen units are capable of serving over 1,500 meals per day.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the storms to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word OMAHA to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes”. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day

Visit The Salvation Army Omaha on Facebook and Twitter for further updates
For more information about our Emergency Disaster Services, click here.

Posted by Jackie on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 ·

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Salvation Army Serving Evacuees at San Diego County Fires

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As San Diego County fires continue to burn, The Salvation Army has deployed two mobile hydration units to serve water, electrolyte drinks, coffee and snacks to first responders and those impacted by the fires.

With Salvation Army centers in Oceanside and Escondido, as well as throughout the county, The Salvation Army is prepared to offer increased support as needed.

Dozens of volunteers including short wave radio operators are on notice that they may be needed at any time should the situation become worse and evacuations increase.

“Along with hydration and food, spiritual comfort is our priority,” says Lt. James Parks of the Escondido Salvation Army Corps Community Center. “We appreciate all of our community volunteers and those who give so generously to help those impacted by the wildfires.”

Monetary donations are the best way to help in a disaster. Please designate SD FIRES.

The Salvation Army is helping with immediate assistance and long-term recovery.

To give online: www.sandiego.salvationarmy.org,

By phone: Call  1 800 SAL-ARMY

By mail: Designate check to “SD Fires” and send to
The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
2320 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Posted by Jackie

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Mobile Kitchen donated by FedEx helps Salvation Army comfort responders to San Francisco blaze

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One of the mobile kitchens donated by FedEx at the dedication event in San Francisco.

This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army Western Territory’s blog, Expect Change and was contributed by Kathy Lovin of The Salvation Army Western Territory.
Earlier this week there was a massive structure fire in the Mission Bay District of San Francisco.
Two teams of Salvation Army Emergency Disaster pros and volunteers were deployed immediately in mobile kitchens – about the size of a standard parcel delivery truck – to serve food, beverages and moral support to the 400 firefighters on hand and those evacuated from their apartments.
The director of our Emergency and Disaster Services department in San Francisco is John McKnight. After the fire was out and the mobile kitchens were called back to home base, he penned a thank you letter to our friends at FedEx for their generous donation.
You see, there’s a reason our mobile kitchens are about the size of a standard parcel delivery truck: FedEx, one of America’s favorite parcel delivery companies, has donated 15 brand-new trucks to The Salvation Army in the last several years.
And boy, are we grateful!
Here’s John McKnight’s personal thank you note to the good people at FedEx.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can give of your time or resources to help The Salvation Army in San Francisco, please click here.
If you’d like to connect with The Salvation Army in San Francisco on Facebook, please click here.
Thank you!

Posted by Jackie on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 ·

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Salvation Army Serving Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

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The Salvation Army is serving survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in the aftermath of the deadliest natural disaster on record. Classified as a category 5 typhoon, the scale of devastation became clear Sunday as the death toll is estimated to be as high as 10,000 or more.

Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing essentials to those affected by the typhoon since the storm hit Friday, including food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care.

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“The Salvation Army is on the ground serving the immediate needs of survivors,” said Major Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that survivors desperately need right now. But the effects of this tragedy will be felt for months – even years. We know that emotional and spiritual counseling is equally important for survivors to deal with the gravity of the situation.”

With more than 75 offices throughout the country, Salvation Army volunteers and staff are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by this disaster.

Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. To give, click on the donation button at the top of the page or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donations of 10 dollars can also be made via mobile phone by texting “TYPHOON” to 80888 and replying “YES.”*

Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Typhoon Haiyan”) can be mailed to:

Salvation Army World Service Office International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558

In-kind donations are not being accepted.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. **Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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The Salvation Army in Nebraska and Western Iowa Responds to Friday Tornadoes

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This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website and contributed by Major Von R. Vandiver of The Salvation Army, Sioux City, IA.

“We are here to help—if they need something to drink, to eat, or want to talk…”
(Sioux City, Iowa, October 5, 2013) — The Salvation Army in the Sioux City, Iowa area has mobilized two teams of trained disaster response workers to assist residents and first responders impacted by six confirmed tornados that hit various area communities on Friday evening, October 4th.

On Saturday morning, Salvation Army disaster response units were serving residents and aid workers in Macy and Wayne, Nebraska. Coffee, cold beverages, breakfast items and sandwiches were being distributed in the impacted communities.

The Salvation Army is prepared to meet not only immediate physical needs, but to provide emotional and trauma counseling to those impacted by the storms. Included in the response team is Rob Ouellette, who is employed as a Salvation Army program director in Sioux City and is an experienced crisis counselor. Mr. Ouellette stated, “I went to Wayne State (College, located in Wayne, Neb.), so it is important for me to be able to help this community that is such a key part of my life. We are here to help—if they need something to drink, to eat, or want to talk—we are here for the folks affected by these storms.”

The Salvation Army is coordinating its services with the local governments, the American Red Cross, and other providers, so that the residents of the many communities impacted by the storm receive needed services and support. How to Help:The best way to help is a monetary donation. Donations should be marked “tornado relief” and can be sent to PO Box 783, Sioux City, IA 51102.

At the present time, the Salvation Army is not accepting donations of clothes or other items for the survivors of these storms; however, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
For the latest EDS updates, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Posted by Jackie on Monday, October 7, 2013 ·

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Serving First Responders & Residents after Severe Flooding in Colorado

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The Salvation Army’s relief efforts continue after a week of deadly flash flooding in Colorado.
The flooding has impacted parts of 17 counties in Colorado, damaging or destroying thousands of homes and has left at least eight dead.

The Salvation Army, Kansas and Western Missouri Division, is sending an emergency disaster services (EDS) team to Colorado to assist with relief efforts.

As of this morning, a mobile canteen and been deployed from The Salvation Army of Emporia, Kansas. The canteen will be stocked with food and water to provide meals to flood survivors and first responders and will join eight other Salvation Army mobile canteens currently serving those affected by the flooding.

In just five days, Salvation Army personnel and volunteers have given 734 hours of service to those impacted by the Colorado floods.  Emergency disaster services teams have provided 31,575 meals and nutritional items and more than 183,000 beverages to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees since activation.

This week, The Salvation Army prepares to move into Disaster Assistance Centers, which is scheduled to be operating in Adams, Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties.

The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster relief at the following locations: Boulder CountyThe Salvation Army is providing meals to newly evacuated survivors at the Coors Event Center and to first responders, law enforcement and rescue workers at the Boulder County Incident Command Post at Linden Avenue and Broadway. Additional support for evacuees is available at the Mapleton YMCA (2850 Mapleton Ave  Boulder, CO 80301).

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The Salvation Army will continue to serve meals at long-term shelter Timberline Church, where personnel served more than 800 meals yesterday and even cared for evacuees’ pets.

Larimer County The Salvation Army deployed additional personnel to meet the growing need for assistance at Ft. Collins’ long-term shelter Timberline Church.

Logan County Salvation Army disaster personnel from Tucson, AZ, travel to Sterling Middle School to provide assistance.

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Providing support to St. Vrain Memorial Community Center (700 Longs Peak Ave. Longmont, CO 80501) and Mead High School (12750 County Road 7  Longmont, CO 80504).

Jefferson County
The Salvation Army continues to provide support to  National Guard at the Arvada Fire Training Center (6651 Indiana Street, Arvada Colorado).

Weld County
The Salvation Army continues to serve first responders and law enforcement at the Milliken Fire Department (101 S Irene Ave Milliken, CO 80543)

How to Help:Monetary donations are needed to help The Salvation Army help those affected during the days of storm ahead and during long-term recovery. The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.

To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Floods.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.*
Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Floods” and sent to:
The Salvation ArmyP.O. Box 60006Prescott, AZ 86304
In–kind donations for the Colorado Flood are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

For the latest EDS updates, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.  

* A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. **Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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Salvation Army Continues Flooding Relief Efforts in Colorado

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It’s been nearly a week since the severe flooding, caused by an unexpected torrential downpour, began in Colorado.
The relentless waters have spread across 17 counties, destroying over 2,500 homes and killed eight people. Hundreds remain missing.

The Salvation Army is continuing support, having provided more than 20,000 meals and nutritional items and 85,560 drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees.

With the growing need for assistance, The Salvation Army has spread their services to additional flood impacted areas including Weld, Morgan, and Logan counties.

With the threat of more rainfall, The Salvation Army is preparing to provide for additional areas that may be affected. Additional Salvation Army emergency disaster personnel called in to manage increased needs arrived from Utah, Wyoming, Montana, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington.

The Salvation Army prepares to move into Disaster Assistance Centers, which is scheduled to be operating in Boulder, Weld, and Larimer Counties in the next 48 hours.

The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster relief at the following locations: Boulder
The Salvation Army is providing meals to newly evacuated survivors at the Coors Event Center and for first responders, law enforcement and rescue workers at the Boulder County Incident Command Post at Linden Avenue and Broadway. Additional support for evacuees is available at the Mapleton YMCA (2850 Mapleton Ave  Boulder, CO 80301)
Ft. Collins

The Salvation Army will continue to serve meals at long-term shelter Timberline Church, where personnel served more than 800 meals yesterday and even cared for evacuees’ pets.
Longmont
The Salvation Army continues to provide support to St. Vrain Memorial Community Center (700 Longs Peak Ave. Longmont, CO 80501) and Mead High School (12750 County Road 7  Longmont, CO 80504)
Jefferson County

The Salvation Army continues to provide support to National Guard at the Arvada Fire Training Center (6651 Indiana Street, Arvada Colorado).
Weld County

The Salvation Army continues to serve first responders and law enforcement at the Miliken Fire Department (101 S Irene Ave  Milliken, CO 80543)
Monetary donations are needed to help The Salvation Army help those affected during the days of storm ahead and during long-term recovery.  The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.

To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate Colorado Floods.”  You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* 

Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Floods” and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304

In–kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area.  However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

For the latest Emergency Disaster Services alerts, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

* A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. **Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.**

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3 Steps To Being Better Prepared for Disaster

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(What NOT to do PSA Courtesy of FEMA and the Ad Council.)
Natural and man-made disasters of recent years have proven that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours. Tornadoes, wildfires, flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, large scale power outages, and man-made tragedies are just a few examples. And even though the 2013 hurricane season started out slower than expected, a number of extreme weather events are predicted for the upcoming months, and knowing what to expect is key.

September is National Preparedness Month, a FEMA initiative that began in 2004 to keep Americans aware and prepared for emergencies.

Not everyone in your household may be in the same place when a disaster happens, so it’s important to make sure that the entire family is ready in the event of a disaster or emergency.

Develop a Plan
Your emergency plan should include a group meeting place, one near the home, and one outside the neighborhood. Identify an emergency contact person from outside the immediate area in case local telephone lines are overwhelmed or not functioning. Designate responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.

Any emergency plan should also include decisions about where family members will go if ordered to evacuate and what route they will take to get there. It’s a good idea to include alternate routes in case roads are closed. If pets are part of the household, make sure to include plans for them such as pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters along the evacuation route.

Assemble a Kit
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

Emergency kits should include items such as:  

  • battery-powered or crank radio
  • weather alert radio
  • extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • sanitary wipes
  • dust mask
  • water for drinking and sanitation
    water purification tablets
  • waterproof matches and/or butane lighter
  • crank flashlight
  • plastic sheeting
  • non-perishable food for at least three days
  • disinfectants and medications
  • medical information for entire family, including details about dosages of required medications and a list of known health issues

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Be Informed
Follow disaster relief organizations like The Salvation Army, Red Cross and FEMA on Twitter for the latest updates on how we’re serving on the disaster scene or for ways you can help. You can also sign up for local disaster alerts at http://www.ready.gov/alerts.

Ready.gov is teaching families to be better prepared for emergencies.

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Salvation Army Assisting Mass Feeding Efforts For Displaced Residents in Galena, AK

The Salvation Army is providing mass feeding operations to the community of Galena, AK as residents struggle to rebuild from one of the worst floods in the region in over a 100 years.
Spurred by a broken ice dam on May 28, Alaskans have called the Yukon River flooding their “Katrina” as 90 percent of its buildings were destroyed. Houses were toppled or otherwise uninhabitable and roads were gone, creating damage estimated to be above $10 million. Over 10 weeks after the disaster, displaced residents, who were previously housed at the boarding school’s dorms, were asked to move from one temporary shelter to another.

As winter approaches and the community struggles to rebuild from this event, The Salvation Army has joined forces with FEMA, AmeriCorps and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as part of a Unified Command Team to continue feeding operations for displaced residents at multiple sites throughout the next several weeks. Emergency Disaster Services crews and volunteers are also assisting with addressing the short- and long-term housing and clothing needs of people displaced in flooding.
Feeding team members from AmeriCorps and The Salvation Army.

Currently, Salvation Army teams are camped in tents outside the BLM kitchen. Additional EDS teams are scheduled to deploy from Anchorage on August 21 and September 4.

Monetary donations are the best way to support disaster relief efforts for Galena residents. The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. Please consider donating in the following ways: Online: http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/alaska/flood-reliefBy Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

In-kind donations are not currently being accepted. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.