Salvation Army Responds to Dallas Area Tornados

Dallas Area Tornados

The Salvation Army Responding to Dallas Area Tornados

Dallas, TX (May 15, 2013) – The Salvation Army quickly responded in the North Texas communities of Granbury and Cleburne after tornados caused significant damage and injuries late on Wednesday evening.

Three Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) have been deployed from the Dallas Fort Worth area and two additional units have been placed on stand-by in response to Dallas Area Tornados. The Salvation Army Disaster teams are providing refreshment and spiritual and emotional support to the first responders and residents affected by the storms.

Further updated information will follow as it is released.

Salvation Army Continues To Provide Assistance to Fire Victims in Lewiston, Maine

Patricia James
[email protected]
(207) 774-6304

LEWISTON, Maine – The Salvation Army facility at 67 Park Street is open to assist families and individuals who were affected by the fires that destroyed 79 apartments leaving almost 180 people homeless. The assistance office is open Monday – Friday 9am to 2pm, and is staffed with volunteers ready to provide non-perishable food and household items to those in need.

Three major apartment building fires all within a week struck downtown Lewiston and the Salvation Army Emergency Canteen was at the scene providing meals and beverages to firefighters and the displaced residents. To date, Over 400 meals and 1000 snacks have been provided, plus 2000 beverages such as coffee, water and Gatorade. 

Lieutenant Jason Brake, commanding officer in Lewiston, “We will now provide help at our facility on Park Street.  The community has responded very generously to our request for nonperishable items such as diapers, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, can goods and more,” stated Lt. Brake.

The Salvation Army continues to collect nonperishable items for fire victims at their facility at 67 Park Street. Also, monetary donations are being accepted, The Salvation Army’s “Lewiston Fires” P.O. Box 178, Lewiston, ME 04243.

Relief Effort Continues After Lewiston, Maine, Fire

May 07, 2013 – 11:15 AM EDT
Patricia James
[email protected]
(207) 774-6304

Lewiston, Maine (May 7, 2013) — Fire investigators and residents were busy sorting through rubble Thursday after a fire heavily damaged three apartment buildings and left ten people homeless in Lewiston Wednesday night.

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have been assisting residents helping them find temporary shelter and food. Tenants could be seen boarding up windows and removing damaged items from their apartments Thursday afternoon as the cleanup effort continued.

Salvation Army Lt. Jason Brake says while many residents have already found short term help, the focus now becomes getting tenants permanently back on their feet.

“When these things happen, people have a lot of things to put back together,” Brake said. “We always say if someone has extra things that you don’t need, we will take those. We sort through them, and we make sure those who need them get those items. We take monetary donations, clothing donations and furniture donations, and we make sure they get to those who are in need.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

For more information about the Red Cross & Salvation Army relief effort contact them at:
American Red Cross, 1180 Lisbon St. Lewiston, 207-795-4004
Salvation Army, 67 Park St. Lewiston, 207-783-0801

The Salvation Army Expands Support of Search and Rescue in North Mississippi

Oxford, Miss (May 2, 2013) For the second day in a row, The Salvation Army in Oxford, Miss. is supporting first responders in the search for a missing teenage boy. Missing since Monday, efforts have intensified as law enforcement deployed dive teams in support of the search.

Salvation Army volunteers and staff from Oxford and Tupelo have responded today with a Mobile Feeding Unit stocked to serve hot meals, snacks, and drinks to first responders, volunteers and family holding out hope for a happy conclusion.

Salvation Army personnel will remain vigilant in service until there is a conclusion to the search and rescue.

“We can only imagine the grief that this family is experiencing holding out hope that their loved one will be found safe,” stated Lisa Coleman of The Salvation Army in Oxford. “Our prayers for the family and rescue workers undergird our physical support of the rescue.”

All Salvation Army disaster assistance is free and made possible by generous donations of time and money. You can support the response by making a donation to the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Program. To make contributions, donate online at www.salvationarmyalm.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to any Salvation Army Office.

 

Mark Jones
[email protected]
(601) 961-7709

Gene And Jerry Jones Charities Donate $100K to Help West

Charlotte Anderson Jones

The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities will make a $100,000 donation to The Salvation Army to assist with the charity’s disaster relief efforts in West, Texas.

The close-knit Texas community was devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion last week that killed 15 citizens, including 10 first responders, and injured more than 160 people.

“The community of West, Texas, has suffered a tremendous loss through this tragedy,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, president of charities for the Dallas Cowboys, in a news release. “But they have also shown their strength and resilience in beginning the healing process as well. We hope that others will join us in supporting the efforts of The Salvation Army as the focus turns to providing the resources necessary to help the great people of West rebuild.”

Salvation Army personnel collected financial donations from fans wishing to join the outreach effort at the team’s annual NFL Draft Party at Cowboys Stadium on Thursday, April 25. By midnight on the night of the incident, The Salvation Army had mobilized support teams and deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to the West area.

The massive blast from the explosion measured 2.1 on the Richter scale and was felt as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. More than 75 homes and businesses were destroyed, including a 50 unit apartment complex and a nursing home facility.

Monetary donations to the city and citizens of West allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of the disaster survivors.

Fuel Barge Explosion

Mobile AL Salvation Army Serving After Barge Explosions

Fuel Barge ExplosionMobile, AL (April 25, 2013) – The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is currently serving evacuees and crews in response to the barge explosions on Mobile River. The Mobile County EMA requested our canteen to assist in the accommodations of those being affected by the incident.

As of 2am, The Salvation Army canteen (mobile kitchen) is on scene, in the parking lot of the Mobile Civic Center, where the evacuees have been staged. It is estimated there are about 800 people currently being housed at the Civic Center – many of which are crew members of the Carnival Triumph.

The Salvation Army is serving sausage biscuits, coffee/hot chocolate, water, snacks, etc. – hoping to make the crews feel as comfortable as possible during these early morning hours.

We will remain on the scene as long as we are needed. For the latest updates throughout the morning, please follow our Twitter page @SalArmyCoastal.

Media is welcome to stop by the canteen for food and refreshments as well. Those wishing to get video/photos or set up interviews are welcome to stop by the canteen or call Katie Emer on her cell phone at 251-767-3625.

The Salvation Army Serves 700 Meals as Case Management Begins in West, Texas

The Salvation Army Disaster ServicesDallas, TX (April 23, 2013) – The newly established Joint Assistance Center (JAC) was a hive of activity on Monday as returning West residents registered for assistance and case work with a number of agencies including The Salvation Army.

The Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) from The Salvation Army in Abilene was stationed at the JAC, located at 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive in West, serving meals and refreshments throughout the day. Other units were again located at the Command Center and Community Center, with one canteen roving through the most affected neighborhoods.

Social Services staff from The Salvation Army in Waco met with a steady stream of people seeking assistance at the JAC, which will be open from 8:30 AM-7:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Lisa Wood, who has lived in West for five years with her husband and elderly mother, Shirley Reed, patiently waited in line to meet with a case manager on Monday morning. “We gathered what we could and evacuated immediately after the explosion on Wednesday night,” she explained. We’ve been staying in a hotel in Waco and my husband finally got to see the house for the first time this morning. The windows are all blown out but it’s still standing,” said Lisa, smiling. “We are so grateful that you are here to help.”

Monday saw a significant increase in the number of residents served as many returned to West, Texas for the first time since being evacuated. The Salvation Army has provided 3,645 meals, 3,205 drinks, and 1,743 snacks, in the 5 days since the explosion.

Volunteers are needed at The Salvation Army warehouse, located at 101 Apron Rd in Waco. The warehouse, open each day from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM, has been designated as the main donation collection and distribution site in the area. There has been an incredible outpouring of support by fellow Texans and beyond for the community of West, and as a result The Salvation Army is not able to accept any additional in-kind donations. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, or for more information, please call (254) 379-2430.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing response in West:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at www.salvationarmytexas.org

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Philip Burn
[email protected]

Salvation Army Responds to Sichuan Earthquake

Sichuan EarthquakeThe Salvation Army is responding after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit China’s Sichuan Province on Saturday 20 April. Latest reports show that at least 200 people lost their lives in the disaster, with more than 11,500 sustaining injuries and at least 1.5 million people being left homeless.

A Salvation Army team from its Sichuan Earthquake Reconstruction and Recovery Office headed towards the city of Ya-an – the epicentre of the quake – on Sunday. The city was initially cut off because of roads being torn apart or blocked by mudslides. Many rural communities are still impossible to reach.

Salvation Army staff contacted officials from the Lushan Township Earthquake Bureau and discovered that four townships – Longmen, Taiping, Shuangshi and Baosheng – were the worst hit. Most of the houses in the area are traditional small huts with green tile roofs. It appears that the few buildings to have survived the earthquake have been destroyed by aftershocks.

Currently, most of the victims are sheltering under self-made temporary tents, although many are having to survive without any shelter at all. Rain is making things worse, hindering the rescue work and worsening the living conditions of the survivors. There is urgent need across the region for tents, folding beds and food.

Salvation Army relief personnel are trying to purchase food items such as sausages and instant noodles. Having carried out initial assessments, Salvation Army teams are preparing to distribute food and folding beds.

 

Report by Envoy Simon Wong

The Salvation Army responding at large explosion in West, Texas

txcanteenDallas, TX (April 18, 2013) – The Salvation Army is responding after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, Texas, just before 8:00 PM, Wednesday evening. The Salvation Army quickly mobilized support teams and by midnight had deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to the area.

The massive blast, that measured 2.1 on the Richter scale, was felt as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. It is estimated that between 50-75 homes have been damaged or destroyed including a 50 unit apartment complex. More than 170 people have been hospitalized with multiple fatalities at the scene.

The Salvation Army is providing refreshment and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders at several locations in and around West. Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from Waco, Corsicana, Waxahachie, Fort Worth and Williamson County are all serving at the scene. Major Dan Ford, Commanding Officer of the Waco Salvation Army, is the Incident Commander coordinating The Salvation Army response with city and state emergency personnel.

The temperature has dropped dramatically overnight with heavy rain moving into the area. The Salvation Army has 50 cases of rain suits, jackets and blankets to distribute. This morning The Salvation Army is preparing to serve breakfast to 500 people and as the situation develops will remain ready to serve as long as needed.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West, Texas, is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at www.salvationarmytexas.org

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Continues Service Following Boston Marathon Tragedy

boston marathonThe Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, following the explosions that occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, which resulted in at least three deaths and left more than 140 people injured.

Four Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) were positioned at various sites throughout the city, including the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center at the Park Plaza Castle, and Kenmore Square. The canteens were mobilized to Boston from nearby Salvation Army locations in Malden, Fitchburg, New Bedford, and Springfield. The Salvation Army will remain on-site at the Family Assistance Center as long as support is needed.

As of this afternoon, 2,229 meals, snacks and beverages were supplied to the survivors, families and first responders. The survivors and first responders also received emotional and spiritual care from 12 Salvation Army officers and 23 Salvation Army staff and volunteers. Eight Salvation Army officers were also deployed to each of the area hospitals where the injured were transported to be on-hand if pastoral care was needed.

The Salvation Army is in constant communication with city and state emergency personnel, and will continue to provide support as needed and requested. The Salvation Army is collaborating with the Office of Emergency Management, the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Police Department, Sparks, the American Red Cross, the Department of Child, Youth and Families (DCYF), Riverside Trauma, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

“The Salvation Army will be on-site for as long as needed to provide support. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and all who were impacted by the explosions,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations & Development Secretary.

The Salvation Army is extremely gratified for the continued support of the public. At this time, the best way to be of assistance is to make a financial contribution at www.salvationarmyma.org/marathonrelief.

Personnel trained in crisis response are providing service. If you would like to volunteer for future needs or to be trained in disaster response, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Please continue to pray for those so dramatically impacted by this tragedy.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.