The Salvation Army feeds 3,000 as canteens enter impacted areas in Louisiana

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Team in Baton Rouge Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA – With flood waters slowly dropping, The Salvation Army was able to enter some of the greatest impacted areas around Baton Rouge. Salvation Army canteens or mobile feeding trucks served meals, drinks, and snacks to residents who have lost everything from the historic rainfall that hit Southern Louisiana last weekend.

On Tuesday, canteen crews served the following:

Prepared meals: 2,967

Drinks: 2,456

Snacks: 958

Clean up kits: 300

Cases of water: 25

Personnel: 28, serving 295 hours

Emotional and spiritual care provided: 63

These numbers do not take into account the number of volunteers who are accepting donations at our donation site at Cortana Mall. The Salvation Army will accept donations of water, hygiene and cleaning supplies, at 9401 Cortana Place, Baton Rouge.

You can also donate monetarily by texting STORM to 51555 or by going to http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/gulf_coast_floods. You will also find information on this webpage on how to donate by phone and through mail.

To follow The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, visit: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

Ten Years Later, The Salvation Army Continues to Serve People of the Gulf Coast

ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 24, 2015) – The Salvation Army continues to be a source of hope, stability and service to the residents of the Gulf Coast ten years after the most active and expensive hurricane season in U.S. history. With a presence in every ZIP code in America, The Salvation Army was uniquely positioned to support survivors during and immediately after the storm, and for years following.

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The 2005 hurricane season – which included Katrina, Rita and Wilma, three of the most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history – spurred The Salvation Army’s largest emergency disaster response ever in this country. Generous donations totaling $382 million were received to support survivors of the storms; 100 percent of these funds have been disbursed.

“This was an unprecedented relief effort and would not have been possible without a generous outpouring of support,” said Commissioner David Jeffrey, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “It has been an honor to serve the people of the Gulf Coast and partner with them to rebuild their vibrant communities.”

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Initial Response

Upon impact of the storms, Salvation Army emergency disaster workers and volunteers were on hand to deliver relief in the form of shelter, food and hydration, and emotional and spiritual care. A total of $157 million was spent on immediate response efforts that included:

  • 178 canteen feeding units and 11 field kitchens brought in from across the country
  • More than 5.6 million hot meals and 8.2 million sandwiches, snacks and drinks
  • 178,313 cleaning kits and 235,229 food boxes (groceries)
  • 282,000 emergency disaster assistance cases registered
  • Emotional and spiritual care for more than 275,000 individuals
  • Direct financial aid, in the form of gift cards and housing/utility assistance
  • Equipment and transportation for Salvation Army disaster personnel
  • Assistance to more than 2.6 million survivors in the affected region

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Long-Term Recovery

The Salvation Army transitioned to long-term recovery in January 2006, allocating $225 million. Long-term recovery services focused on case management, reconstruction and support for volunteer rebuild teams. Financial assistance programs also helped with home repair, job training and other initiatives to aid long-term recovery in communities. In this phase, The Salvation Army helped:

  • Provide emergency relief at Disaster Assistance Centers, which served as information hubs for clients and as distribution points for food and clothing.
  • Establish eight Major Distribution Centers along the Gulf Coast, where more than 106,100 preregistered Salvation Army clients could go to receive donated goods, such as furniture and large appliances.
  • House more than 8,000 disaster workers at Salvation Army-sponsored volunteer villages, representing 56,000 nights of lodging for recovery teams.
  • Contribute to long-term community recovery efforts, meetings and committees throughout the region.
  • Register 84,000 cases that assisted 350,000 people with repair, rebuilding, furnishings and supplies.
  • Partner with Habitat for Humanity, providing down-payment assistance to more than 400 families for homes and sponsoring the May 2008 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project on the Gulf Coast.
  • Help more than 5,000 people who became unemployed as a result of the hurricanes receive job training and re-employment services, in cooperation with partner organizations.

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As part of its overall recovery program in New Orleans, The Salvation Army initiated a neighborhood-based disaster recovery and economic resilience initiative called EnviRenew. Through this initiative, The Salvation Army supported new home construction, green home sustainability and technology, and eco-friendly energy programs in the hard-hit Broadmoor, Riverview and St. Anthony’s neighborhoods. The program sparked a broader conversation about disaster resiliency that culminated in a Resiliency Summit on August 26, 2010.

The Salvation Army was one of a number of charitable social services organizations participating in the Katrina Aid Today disaster case management program. This program provided long-term recovery assistance to hurricane survivors in impacted areas of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi and to evacuees who relocated across the country to places including Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington.

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An Ongoing Presence

Continuity of social services is critical to the ongoing health of local communities. Volunteers, staff and Officers have worked to restore basic social service programs to the Gulf Coast – reopening homeless shelters, community centers, a rehabilitation center, children’s programs and church services. Facilities include:

  • A new Emergency Disaster Services center in Jackson, MS, featuring an emergency operations center, 17,000 square feet of warehouse space, a state-of-the-art amateur radio station, and a vehicle yard for a fleet of specialized disaster equipment and vehicles.
  • Reopened corps, social services programs, Center of Hope homeless shelter, Adult Rehabilitation Center and family store in New Orleans.
  • A 52,000-square-foot Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Biloxi, MS, to replace Salvation Army facilities lost during Hurricane Katrina, built on the site of one of the volunteer villages that The Salvation Army operated for Katrina aid workers.
  • Reopened corps, social services programs, homeless shelter and family store in Gulfport, Pascagoula and Lucedale, MS. The Salvation Army is acquiring property in Gulfport to develop a new Center of Hope housing program for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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Because responding to catastrophic disasters takes a significant toll on responders, The Salvation Army has invested in local disaster programming and resiliency programming including training, equipment and infrastructure, emotional and spiritual care, and increased post-deployment follow-up services for disaster workers. Additional community-based needs have been served through a variety of local programs, services and infrastructure projects.

“The Salvation Army is a long-term part of the community in the Gulf Coast, and everywhere in the United States where human need exists,” said Commissioner Jeffrey. “After disasters large or small, personal or communal, people rely on us to help them get back on their feet. This is a responsibility we take extremely seriously. It is our mission and our calling.”

For more information about the Katrina anniversary, please visit katrina10.org.

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 135 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.

 

The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado in Coal City, Illinois

Peoria, Ill.—Late Monday evening a severe weather system produced at least one tornado in Northern Illinois touching down in multiple communities including Coal City, Woodhaven and Sublette. Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) teams from the Metro Chicago area, Pekin and Kankakee, Illinois were deployed as soon as it was safe to proceed into the damaged areas.

  • Coal City, Illinois – A Tornado touched down in Coal City, where there were reports of heavy damage. The Salvation Army has two mobile kitchens in Coal City, providing food and water since responding late Monday night.
  • Sublette, Illinois – A tornado was reported in this small town, leaving flooded roads and much damage. Sublette is south of Dixon, in Lee County, Illinois. A response from Salvation Army teams is being assessed.
  • Woodhaven, Illinois – Woodhaven is near Mendota, Illinois. A tornado touched down in this area and Salvation Army assessment teams are on scene.

Additional flooding concerns are being assessed near Watseka, Illinois as well and flooding issues remain on the Illinois River at Ottawa to Marseilles and in Peoria as well.
To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you can send a check marked “Disaster Relief” to your nearest Salvation Army unit, or visit our website at www.saheartland.org.

How to Help

The quickest and easiest way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army as they serve disaster victims in the Midwest Region during this event and future disasters is to make a monetary donation.

Online:
Give online at www.saheartland.org

By Phone:
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]

By Mail:
To donate via mail, please send your check, designated "Coal City Tornado" to:

ATTN: COAL CITY TORNADO
THE SALVATION ARMY
10 W ALGONQUIN ROAD
DES PLAINES, IL 60016-6000

Donations of Household Good and Clothing:

Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and 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 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 Response in Nepal

Alexandria, VA (April 28, 2015) – The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after a devastating 7.8-magnitude Earthquake in Nepal that flattened homes and buildings, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 4,000 people.

Here is the latest information on The Salvation Army’s Response:

The Salvation Army East India Territory’s initial response is focused on emergency relief – shelter, water and sanitation – as well the emotional and spiritual support. As the disaster unfolds and we move from emergency response to relief and recovery, our response will broaden and depend on the needs of the Army in the area. 

Volunteers and staff are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by natural disasters. In Nepal, we have four Salvation Army centers, 100 members, one officer family, one outreach worker, and a group of at least 50 volunteers.

Five disaster specialists of The Salvation Army trained in emergency response will arrive in Kathmandu today.

Our office in eastern India, based out of Mizoram, India, has plans in place to send medical staff, pastoral staff to provide spiritual and emotional care, food, tents, and blankets. These goods and staff will make their way by road, which may be difficult due to road damage from the earthquake and ongoing aftershocks. 

Arriving staff will also be meeting with local authorities and international aid coordination mechanisms to join with other agencies in providing a coordinated response to those affected by the earthquake.

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The Salvation Army World Service Office will support ongoing efforts.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Earthquake in Nepal

Immediate and long-term efforts in place for relief and recovery

Alexandria, VA (April 26, 2015) –The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after a devastating 7.8-magnitude Earthquake in Nepal that flattened homes and buildings, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 2,000 people.

“We are initiating a response to meet basic, urgent needs with shelter, food, water, and other necessary relief items. We ask supporters to please pray for the people of Nepal,” said Lieutenant Colonel William Mockabee, Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO).

With more than 75 offices throughout the country, volunteers and staff are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by natural disasters. Since 1882, The Salvation Army has served the people of India.

“Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that survivors desperately need right now,” said Lt. Colonel Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “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.”

HOW TO HELP
Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund where 100 percent of gifts go to relief efforts in Nepal.

Cash Donations:
To give, visit http://salar.my/Nepal or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Donations by check to Salvation Army World Service Office can be sent to:
Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558
Mark checks “Nepal Earthquake”

Donations of Household Good and Clothing (In-kind Donations):

If you want to help those in Nepal, monetary donations are really the only option. Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army will not be able to take any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) to the disaster area. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.