CHICAGO, April 22, 2013– The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits in the following locations until supplies last.
- Salvation Army staff and volunteers are going door-to-door in Des Plaines to distribute kits. Residents can also pick up kits this afternoon until supplies last at The Salvation Army Des Plaines Corps Community Center at 609 West Dempster Street. For information in Des Plaines, call (847) 981-9111.
- The Salvation Army will be distributing clean-up kits to residents in the Albany Park community of Chicago beginning tomorrow morning, Tuesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. until supplies last at The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters at 5040 N. Pulaski Road.
- The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits at their Aurora Corps Community Center tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 437 E. Galena Blvd.
- The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits in Winnebago County through the Sheriff’s Office in the communities of Blackhawk Island, Machesney Park and Edgemere Terrace. For more information about the Rockford distribution, call (815) 226-4400.
The kits include a bucket, gloves, mask, mop, brooms, sponges, garbage bags, bleach and other cleaning agents.
The Salvation Army will also offer long-term flood relief efforts, including emergency financial assistance for furniture, clothing, food, rent and utilities for those who qualify. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. For information regarding emergency assistance, call The Salvation Army Help Desk at (773) 205-3520.
“Because we have a permanent local presence here in Chicagoland, with 28 corps community centers and other facilities, we were here serving the community long before the floods hit, and we will continue to be here for the long haul to support the local communities affected by these historic floods,” said Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Metropolitan Divisional Commander. “Because of our local presence, The Salvation Army is particularly well suited to delivering long-term disaster recovery assistance. In addition to our response efforts currently in Boston and West Texas, we are also still providing long-term relief assistance to the East Coast communities affected by Hurricane Sandy; Joplin, Missouri; Haiti and other areas affected by disaster in recent years.”
Since Thursday, April 18, The Salvation Army has dispatched six mobile canteens and crews to numerous locations, including the Albany Park community of Chicago, Elmhurst, and the villages of Franklin Park and Stone Park. The Salvation Army has also assisted with sandbags in Aurora and Algonquin.
As of this afternoon, The Salvation Army has supplied 1,000 meals, 1,200 snacks and 1,600 beverages to first responders and flood victims.
The Salvation Army is in constant communication with city, suburban and state emergency personnel, and will continue to provide support as needed and requested. The Salvation Army is collaborating with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Chicago Fire Department, the Franklin Park Office of Emergency Management Services and the Stone Park Police Department.
As the waters recede, The Salvation Army recommends flood victims heed the following safety measures to remain safe as they return to their homes:
- Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
- Stay out of any areas of the house that remain flooded. Wet wiring is an electrocution hazard. Call the utility companies to have your power and gas turned off.
- During cleanup, wear protective clothing, such as rubber gloves, eye protection and rubber boots.
- Do not use water that may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
- Do not mix bleach with ammonia. This produces dangerous, toxic chlorine gas.
The Salvation Army will continue to distribute updates throughout the flood relief efforts as additional information becomes available. For up-to-date information, please contact Melanie Scofield, Director of Communications at 708-289-9047 (cell) or 773-205-3254 (office).
To support The Salvation Army’s Disaster Services in the Chicagoland area, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salarmychicago.org. Please be sure to designate your gift “Disaster Services.” Donors may also give by mobile phone. Text CHICAGOFLOOD to 41444.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.