Posts

Salvation Army Serving Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

haiyan

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.

61-480x3303

“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.

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

75ff4bf0ceec107840e58fabff1a352d

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 ·

colorado floods

Serving First Responders & Residents after Severe Flooding in Colorado

colorado floods

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).

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.

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.

Longmont
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.

Salvation Army Continues Flooding Relief Efforts in Colorado

1185932_704853446208946_203305897_n

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.**

3 Steps To Being Better Prepared for Disaster

be prepared fema

(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

be prepared fema

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.

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.

Raley’s Store Customers & Employees Donate $37,110.22 for Oklahoma Tornado Relief.

IMG_0362
Jennie Teel-Wolter, Community Relations Manager for Raley’s Family of Fine Stores presents the check to Major Lisa Dickinson, Salvation Army Divisional leader.

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, a Sacramento-based grocer, announced Tuesday that $74,220.44 was raised by store customers and employees thanks to the Food for Families collection boxes that were designated for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief efforts during the month of June.
The donation, collected in only four weeks, has been split between The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross with each organization receiving a check for $37,110.22 to be used for Oklahoma relief efforts. Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams of The Salvation Army have been providing disaster relief to Oklahomans in need since the EF5 tornado swept through the region on May 20.

In July, The Salvation Army transitioned to long-term recovery operations for families and individuals who have been impacted by the storm, including everything from food and financial assistance to emotional care and rebuilding efforts. These efforts will continue for at least the next two years.

“This is another great example of the incredible generosity of this community,” said Major Bill Dickinson, Salvation Army Divisional Commander of the Del Oro Division. “The Salvation Army is truly grateful for efforts made by Raley’s and its customers and employees. This will go a long way to provide any assistance now and in the future for the families and individuals in Oklahoma.”

The Salvation Army gives thanks for the patrons and employees of Raley’s for making this contribution possible.

For the latest disaster services updates or ways to give, please visit: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/

“Daddy’s Home” comic strip raises awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief

Check out the comics section in today’s paper and you might see the latest from the acclaimed comic strip, “Daddy’s Home,” which highlights the still very present need in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The comic portrays the iconic Star Jet roller coaster sitting in the ocean in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, perhaps one of the most famous and enduring images from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating sweep along the East Coast last November.

“I want people to be aware that there’s still work to do,” said Tony Rubino, creative director of the syndicated comic alongside illustrator, Gary Markstein, who directs readers to The Salvation Army’s website (www.SalvationArmyUSA.org).

Eight months later, there is indeed a lot to be done for impacted residents. The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term assistance and disaster case management to help survivors find resources for rebuilding their damaged homes, while also providing financial assistance and referral services to residents in the hardest hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Long Island.

If you would like to make a donation or commitment to volunteer with The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyNY.org.
A huge thank you to Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein for supporting our Emergency Disaster Services!

Salvation Army’s Long Island Recovery Center Offers Long-Term Assistance to Sandy Survivors

Long Island residents still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy now have one more place to find help.

On Thursday, July 11, The Salvation Army Greater New York Division held an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of its Long Island Sandy Recovery Center which will offer long-term assistance to survivors of the fall 2012 storm. Unique to the area, the new recovery center will provide disaster case management to help eligible survivors find resources for rebuilding their damaged homes.

“We wrapped up our short-term relief efforts in 2012, then entered a recovery phase, and now have officially switched our operations to long-term recovery, as we, together with our partners, work to get people back into their homes or into a new permanent home,” said Major Steven Stoops, Associate Social Ministries Secretary for The Salvation Army Greater New York Division.

Over the past eight months, The Salvation Army has provided financial assistance, referral services to the hardest hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Long Island, while also playing an active role in bringing funding and services to those affected through partnerships with other non-profit agencies.

As the state continues recovery operations, homeowners like Ellen Levitsky are grateful for the support of The Salvation Army, which helped clean up her storm-ravaged home.

“I never thought anyone would come to help,” Levitsky said. “I feel like I should be pinched. I’m so thankful for the help that The Salvation Army has provided, and how quickly.”

Two more Salvation Army Sandy Recovery Centers are in the works for Staten Island and Far Rockaway, which will replicate the case-management model of the Long Island site. Both centers are in need of staff.
To support The Salvation Army’s continued Sandy recovery work, please visit www.SalvationArmyNY.org. For information on eligibility and available assistance, call the center’s main number at (516) 478-4166.

For the latest updates, find The Salvation Army Greater New York Division at https://www.facebook.com/salvationarmyny or http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/gnyd. 

Out-Of-State Salvation Army Teams Arrive To Aid In Colorado Fires

Posted by Megan on Monday, June 24, 2013 ·

Casper-EDS-Canteen[1] Photo: http://www.expectchange.dreamhosters.com/

The Salvation Army has been working nonstop to provide for evacuees and first responders of the largest burning wildfire in Colorado’s history. Since sparking by lightning strike on June 5, the wildfire has burned up approximately 140 acres and is now covering 110 square miles of the state’s forests, resulting in thousands of evacuations.

Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams of The Salvation Army are working to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of impacted residents, evacuees and first responders.

EDS teams from New Mexico, California, Wyoming and Montana were called to strengthen The Salvation Army’s services in multiple locations around the state. In just eleven days, EDS teams have provided thousands of meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees of multiple fires, including the Black Forest, Klinkus, and Royal Gorge Fires.
 
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/imsalvationarmy
 
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/imsalvationarmy
 
Today, The Salvation Army begins feeding operations at the West Fork Fire shelter in Del Norte. Teams remain on standby to provide relief in the East peak Fire burning near Walsenburg.

The Salvation Army will continue to meet both short and long term needs as long the organization is called to do so.
Salvation Army disaster services are made possible by monetary donations which allow us to meet the unique, immediate needs of communities in crisis. If you would like to support individuals and families in need of assistance, please visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.*
Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Fires” and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304 Information courtesy of http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/. Click here to donate. Filed under Disaster Services · Tagged with Black Forest, Colorado, Donate, EDS, Emergency Disaster Services, relief, The Salvation Army, Western Territory, wildfires