Severe Flooding in Elk County, Pennsylvania

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The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is on scene in Ridgeway, PA (Elk County) responding to severe overnight flooding. The area has been hit hard with nearly half a foot of water, destroying over eight homes and several apartment buildings. Numerous families are displaced and have lost everything.

The Salvation Army EDS Punxsutawney team arrived on scene at 4:30 a.m. and the Pittsburgh team is en route as of 1:00 p.m. to provide additional food, hydration, and clean-up kits. Lt. Ester from The Salvation Army Ridgeway Unit is on-site providing emotional and spiritual care.

Our canteens were used to provide nearly 75 victims and first responders with breakfast. In addition, we fed over 300 people lunch and expect around 300 for dinner as well.

Teams on-site report that the water is starting to recede and the clean-up process is underway. The National Weather Service predicts scattered and isolated thunderstorms throughout the area until Saturday with a 20% chance of rain.

Other agencies on site include The American Red Cross, which set up a shelter, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), and Ridgeway Fire Department. We will continue to follow the status of the disaster and keep everyone informed as more information comes to light.


Salvation Army Responds To Slide Fire In Arizona

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Phoenix, AZ (May 22, 2014) – The Salvation Army is planning to increase their disaster services as the Slide Fire has burned 4500 acres. Thousands of people are on stand- by to be potentially evacuated.

The Salvation Army is providing meals and clothing for evacuees located at Sinagua middle school located at 3950 E. Butler Ave. in Flagstaff, AZ. The Salvation Army has also provided water and Gatorade to fire crews.

“The Salvation Army has been told by community leaders that the fire could spread to densely populated areas,” said Lt. Ryan Miller, Flagstaff Corps Officer for The Salvation Army. “If needed, an additional Salvation Army disaster team is on alert that can provide added resources including a mobile kitchen.”

The Salvation Army uses 100 percent of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. Monetary donations help us meet the immediate needs of first responders and evacuees. To give call 1-800-SAL-ARMY ( 1-800-725-2769 ) and designate “AZ Slide Fire.” You can also send donations to: Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2488, Flagstaff AZ, 86003.

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Salvation Army Marks One-Year Anniversary of 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes

1 Year Anniversary of Oklahoma Tornadoes

Long-term recovery to continue for years to come in affected communities.

Oklahoma City, OK (May 2, 2014) – The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term recovery services to residents whose lives were forever changed following a series of deadly tornadoes in May 2013 that ravaged Central Oklahoma. The first storm hit on May 19, with an EF3 and an EF4 tornado that struck communities in Cleveland, Lincoln, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. They were followed the next day by an EF5 tornado that struck Cleveland, Grady, McClain and Oklahoma counties. The third storm happened on May 31, when the widest tornado in recorded history hit Canadian county. In total, these storms were responsible for 49 fatalities and more than $2 billion in property damage.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams immediately responded to the storms and provided food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. Thanks to generous support from the American public, corporate donors, and philanthropic organizations, The Salvation Army raised $18.2 million for response and recovery efforts. The long-term recovery of storm survivors, with their many and varying needs, is an ongoing focus for the Army, and is where the bulk of donated funding is committed.

“The storms that devastated Central Oklahoma have impacted the lives of residents forever,” said Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army. “The debris may be gone, but the recovery is going to take a long time.”

Initial Response

Of the total donated, The Salvation Army has spent $2.4 million (more than 13%) on response operations, including the deployment of 28 mobile kitchens and the opening of a 100,000 sq. ft. distribution center. During response operations, The Salvation Army provided:

  • 389,037 meals, drinks and snacks
  • 28,891 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • Emotional and spiritual care to 14,728 individuals
  • Emergency financial aid to 3,681 families (31,208 individuals), with assistance such as gift cards, vouchers to Family Thrift Stores, and referrals for a variety of services

All the while, The Salvation Army continued to operate its regular programs and services, providing meals, emergency shelter, clothing and energy assistance to residents in need who were not affected by the disasters.

“The fact that The Salvation Army was able to maintain its ongoing services even as we stepped in to provide emergency disaster services when the storms came through, is a testament to the dedication and the unique scope of the Army,” said Major Morris. “The Salvation Army works to repair the heart, not just the home, and we will continue to serve our neighbors whenever and wherever there is need.”

Long-term Recovery

As the disaster response has transitioned from immediate to long-term recovery services, The Salvation Army continues to support families affected by the storms and to help rebuild communities. The Salvation Army has committed the balance of the total donated (nearly 87%) to long-term recovery, including the following:

  • $10.5 million to support long-term recovery case management and direct aid for disaster survivors
  • $3 million for construction of residential storm shelters
  • $1.7 million for community preparedness and mitigation projects, including the distribution of weather radios and emergency “go” bags, senior programming and preparedness, and other outreach programs to help make communities more disaster-resilient in the event of future storms
  • $650,000 for a furniture program to help disaster survivors replace furnishings and general household goods

The Salvation Army is a founding member and participating agency of the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP), a multi-agency case management partnership. The case management process will involve working with affected individuals and families to help identify their needs, develop their long-term recovery plans, connect them with available community resources, and help meet their long-term recovery goals, one step at a time. To date, ODRP has 1,107 open cases and has closed 1,589 cases.

“It will take a long time for this region’s residents to fully recover from a disaster of this severity,” said Captain Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander of The Salvation Army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command. “We are one of the primary social service providers in this region, and we also have long-standing partnerships that allow us to help our clients meet a very broad range of needs.”

To commemorate the anniversary of each storm, The Salvation Army will release special videos sharing real stories about tornado survivors. To view, please visit The Salvation Army’s YouTube channel on May 19, May 20, and May 31.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Texas Panhandle Fires

The Salvation Army Responds To Texas Panhandle Fires

Dallas, TX (May 12, 2014) – “Emergency rescue personnel cannot leave the scene, and that’s where The Salvation Army comes in to give them relief with water, food and a place of rest,” said Major Harvey Johnson of the Amarillo Corps.

In response to an overnight grass fire that rapidly spread in the Texas Panhandle, burning over 2,000 acres, The Salvation Army of Pampa and Amarillo have mobilized their Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) and are providing support to emergency responders and those displaced by the blaze. It has been confirmed that more than 100 houses have been destroyed and upwards of 350 people displaced. The Salvation Army Borger Service Center has also been assisting families affected by the fire, now 75% contained, providing short term shelter at a local hotel.

Breakfast was served this morning to 400 people in Fritch and the mobile kitchens are fully stocked with food and water and will continue to provide assistance throughout the day. Disaster response staff in Plainview are on a call should additional support be necessary.

Major Harvey Johnson added, “We are a mobile emergency unit created to respond to disasters in our local area. The families in the Panhandle are very important to us, our prayers go out to them, and we are here to help!”

Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Disaster Services can be made by:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
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