Severe storms across the Carolinas

‘Severe storms impacted the Carolinas last night with possible tornado touchdowns in isolated areas across both states. There were no fatalities and reports of injuries are non-life threatening. Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and tornadoes are possible this morning from eastern North Carolina into southeastern Virginia.

The Salvation Army of Rockingham County (Majors Burnita and Paul Fuller) is responding to storm damaged areas in Eden, NC. There was no damage to Salvation Army properties or facilities. A canteen and crew from Winston- Salem, NC will be deploying this morning to provide hydration and meals in the area today. In addition, the regularly scheduled noon meal at the Eden Service Center will take place and those without power are invited as well. The food pantry and family store are also being made available to provide assistance as required and/or requested.

While additional mutual aid is not required or requested at this time, please pray for all personnel providing service.’

FLA Division Puts Units On Standby For Flash Flooding

Large amounts of rain across north Florida are generating flash flooding in and around Alachua, Marion, Suwanee, Gilchrist, Lafayette and Columbia counties.

While the extent of damage is unknown, FLA Division is putting canteens on stand-by for deployment as needed.

Salvation Army Georgia Division Deploys Disaster Teams

Note the following report from Lanita Lloyd in Georgia Division …

  • The Covington GA service center canteen has been deployed to Mansfield, Georgia (Newton County). The crew consists of 3 trained disaster volunteers. There has been some damage due to a reported tornado touchdown. The unit is responding at the request of local emergency management and will be feeding first responders and utility crews.
  • Additionally, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) requested a canteen in Ellaville, GA, (Schley County) due to power outages. Food and water has been requested for residents and incoming emergency workers. The Americus, GA, canteen is responding to provide food and hydration this evening.
Canteen Disaster Relief

I-85 Bridge Collapse in Atlanta

Emergency Disaster Services Bulletin – Red Shield Canteen Deploying to I-85 Bridge Collapse in Atlanta

EDS Update: Donate Now to Disaster Relief Efforts in Mexico Following Hurricane Patricia

An appeal has been established to help provide disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Patricia in Mexico. The appeal has been set-up through The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). To give:

– visit

– call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

– Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Hurricane Patricia”) can be sent to:International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558

For more information, go to:

Four Years After Devastating Japan Tsunami, Hope is Being Revived

Posted by Jackie on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Reflecting back upon his life in the months following 3/11, Mr. Kato, a business owner in the fishing village of Onagawa, Japan, can sum up his situation in one, all-encompassing word: “hopeless”.

3/11 marks the date – March 11, 2011 – that a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, the largest recorded disaster in Japan’s history, struck the country’s coastline, wiping out entire towns, destroying livelihoods, and taking nearly 16,000 lives in its path, including those of Mr. Kato’s beloved wife and child.

Kato also lost his livelihood, a thriving Korean barbeque restaurant in the heart of Onagawa’s commercial district, one of thousands of businesses that suffered the economic impact of what is now considered the costliest disaster in the history of the world. Within a few minutes of the tsunami’s impact, nearly 128,000 buildings collapsed and approximately 748,000 buildings were damaged.

Unable to work, for months, Kato wept over his losses in a state of emotional shock. But with the relentless encouragement of a friend and key partner of The Salvation Army, Mr. Aoyama, Kato eventually found the strength and determination to start a new restaurant at the temporary shopping mall constructed by The Salvation Army.

This shopping center, the first to be constructed in the badly damaged town, was funded by caring, generous donors who gave through The Salvation Army World Service Office. In addition to providing shop owners like Mr. Kato with employment and boosting the local economy, the shopping center has also been a source of community, fellowship and comfort for citizens and survivors.

Mr. Kato’s outlook has since changed stating recently, “This project gives me hope”.

Reviving hope in the hearts of the downtrodden is one of the goals of The Salvation Army, and Mr. Kato’s story is one of many heard from individuals who have been restored and strengthened thanks to supporters of The Salvation Army’s global disaster relief services.

Known in Japan as Kyuu-Sei-Gun (Save-World-Army), The Salvation Army’s unique 120-year history in Japan allows local knowledge and insight. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the local Salvation Army Corps opened their doors to provide food and shelter to survivors while mobile kitchens traveled from shelter to shelter to share hot meals and words of comfort with those who were suffering. The Salvation Army also provided heaters and other essential items to help elderly citizens and families prepare for a harsh winter in their temporary homes.

In addition to the shopping center, The Salvation Army World Service Office supported Onagawa’s local fisherman’s union – the lifeblood of the community – by providing vehicles, equipment and boats to be prepared for the upcoming fishing season, as well as helping local schools and neighborhoods with equipment and supplies to better prepare for future disasters. Similar efforts were established in other hard-hit coastal towns, such as Ofunato and Mininamisanriku.

Four years later, The Salvation Army World Service Office and The Salvation Army in Japan continue to work hand-in-hand with these communities to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable, including children and the elderly, are being cared for during the long and difficult transition from relief to rebuilding lives and restoring communities.

All of this work is made possible by donors and supporters, for whom we give thanks, enabling The Salvation Army to be an ever-present flame of hope and relief during times of disaster and beyond.

For more information on our disaster relief services around the world, or to show your support, visit
This post was contributed by The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO)

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 ·

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:,

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

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


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 ·