Chattanooga Salvation Army Ready To Lend Assistance For Kentucky Storms

Chattanooga, TN (February 29, 2012) – The Chattanooga Salvation Army’s Disaster Services Mobile Kitchen Unit and Rapid Response Vehicle (catering truck) are on standby for mobilization to assist in areas of Kentucky that continue under tornado alerts. “The Salvation Army meets needs immediately and shares resources continuously between each others’ service areas,” says Marketing Director Kimberly George.

In preparation for what many are predicting to be an active tornado season, the Chattanooga Salvation Army is holding disaster response training classes March 30 and 31, at The Salvation Army Citadel Corps, 1019 North Moore Road. Classes will give volunteers the tools necessary to serve on a Salvation Army disaster response team. All those interested in this free training may call 423-756-1023 or visit www.csarmy.org to register.

For more information on The Salvation Army, please contact Kimberly George at 423-308-7715 or Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org. Please visit www.csarmy.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for more information.

The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado in Harveyville, Kansas

Kansas City, MO (February 29, 2012) – The Salvation Army is providing support to the town of Harveyville, Kansas after a tornado damaged much of the community late last night.

A team of Salvation Army emergency disaster service (EDS) volunteers based out of Topeka has arrived in town with a mobile feeding kitchen to provide meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews. The Salvation Army is also offering emotional and spiritual support and will remain on the scene to identify on-going needs in the community.

“We are here to serve in whatever way we can,” said Dee Smith, director of emergency disaster services for The Salvation Army. “And we will not leave until all the needs in Harveyville are met.”

Financial donations to The Salvation Army to assist tornado survivors are welcome. To donate by credit card, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Please designate the donation “Harveyville Tornado.”

Chattanooga Salvation Army Prepared For Severe Weather

Chattanooga, TN—The Salvation Army is on alert for possible severe weather today after a call from the National Weather Service. The Chattanooga Area Disaster Services Unit is prepared to assist those who may be affected by the storms. “We are hoping for the best, however, we are preparing for the worst,” said Area Commander Major Algerome Newsome.

In preparation for what many are predicting to be an active tornado season, the Chattanooga Salvation Army is holding disaster response training classes March 30 and 31, at The Salvation Army Citadel Corps, 1019 North Moore Road. Classes will give volunteers the tools necessary to serve on a Salvation Army disaster response team. All those interested in this free training may call 423-756-1023 or visit www.csarmy.org to register.

Alabama Recovery Work Continues To Connect Hope And Opportunity

Tuscaloosa, AL (February 22, 2012)—As rebuilding continues across Alabama, so does The Salvation Army’s presence and commitment to the residents of our state. The Salvation Army continues to operate an office of recovery at 900 Skyland Boulevard (former Goody’s location) in Tuscaloosa. Case workers are available between the hours of 9 AM and 3:30 PM weekdays. Assistance is available to all affected by the April 2011 storms.

Salvation Army staff will work to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies and Long term Recovery Committees partnering to build stronger communities. The Salvation Army is committed to Doing the Most good for all Alabama residents as we rebuild together.

Additionally, The Salvation Army continues to provide long term recovery case workers across Alabama. Partnering with Long Term Recovery Committees in each community, The Salvation Army is working to connect residents with the available resources at both The Salvation Army and partnering agencies.

The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster assistance 10 locations in Alabama. Residents in need of assistance may contact the following locations for assistance:

NW AL Resource Center (DHQ Recovery Center)
200 Indies St Hackleburg
Serving: Franklin and Marion Counties

The Salvation Army Decatur, AL
114 14th Street SW
256-353-2822
Serving: Limestone and Lawrence Counties

The Salvation Army Huntsville, AL
2114 Oakwood Avenue
256-536-5576
Serving: Madison County

Jackson County Alabama Service Center
1501 E. Willow Street, Scottsboro, AL
Serving: Jackson County

Dekalb County Service Center
450 N. Gault, Ave, Fort Payne, AL
Serving: Dekalb County

Marshall County Service Center
1336 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL
Serving: Marshall and Cullman Counties

Walker County Service Center
207 E. 20th Street, Jasper, AL
Serving: Walker County

The Salvation Army Anniston, AL
420 Noble Street
256-236-5343
Serving: Calhoun County

The Salvation Army Birmingham Area Command
2130 11th Avenue North
205-328-5656
Serving: Jefferson County

Tuscaloosa Salvation Army Recovery Center
900 Skyland Blvd (Former Goody’s location)
Serving: Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Hale, Greene, Sumter, Pickens, Lamar and Fayette counties

Immediately following the storms, The Salvation Army responded throughout the States of Alabama and Mississippi providing hot meals, hydration, and pastoral care to residents and first responders. For more information about Salvation Army Disaster relief and recovery or to donate, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Provides Ongoing Assistance In Flood-Hit Regions Of Australia

Australia (February 18, 2012) – In the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales, devastating floods have affected large areas, stranding hundreds of people and causing widespread destruction and loss. In Queensland, The Salvation Army is supporting those stranded by floodwaters as well as emergency services personnel and volunteers, while in northern New South Wales Salvation Army teams and personnel are helping with the clean-up operation.

In New South Wales the flooding began on 2 February. In the town of Moree, a Salvation Army Emergency Services team responded immediately, serving hundreds of meals at an evacuation center to evacuees, state emergency services crews and others for several days.

In Queensland, the hardest-hit towns were St George, Roma, Dalby, Mitchell and Charleville.

On Sunday 5 February Salvation Army Emergency Services crews from Dalby, Caboolture and the Gold Coast were flown in an Australian Defence Service Chinook helicopter to Mitchell, where they served hundreds of meals at an evacuation center. Captain Mark Bulow (Salvation Army Outback Flying Service Pilot and corps officer at Dalby) also flew the service’s helicopter to Mitchell, bringing essential supplies for the center.

Salvation Army volunteers served meals at an evacuation center in St George until most of the town was evacuated to a safer area. A team also flew to Charleville and served hundreds of breakfasts and lunches at the evacuation center.

An evacuation center at the RNA Showgrounds in the Queensland capital, Brisbane, catered for those arriving from inland areas. Salvation Army teams served meals and assisted with urgent needs.

As the floodwaters recede, Salvation Army personnel and volunteers are helping residents as they assess the damage and start cleaning up their homes. ‘The situation in the evacuation center is starting to ease but much needs to be done as the recovery process begins,’ says Norm Archer, Salvation Army Emergency Services Director for the Australia Eastern Territory.

‘Support will be needed for some time,’ adds Captain Chris Shadbolt (corps officer, Moree). ‘Once people head home and see the damage, that’s when the emotional things start to kick in. We want to let the community know we are still here – even when the clean-up is over.’

It’s not all bad news. Captain Bulow is aware that, as water levels lower throughout the state, people’s spirits are lifting. ‘A lot of people are getting back to some sort of normality,’ he says. ‘Some are getting payments through so they can start purchasing food and necessities instead of coming to the evacuation centers for help.’

In Roma, the clean-up has begun and Salvation Army personnel and volunteers are continuing to offer assistance. Norm Archer affirms: ‘We’ll continue to support every affected community as long as we are needed.’

Jamestown, ND Salvation Army Responding To Explosion

JAMESTOWN, ND (Feb. 17, 2012) –The Salvation Army is providing food and water for firefighters, senior citizens and others following a fiery explosion that occurred this morning at an automobile storage facility less than 100 yards away. Nearby buildings were evacuated, and no injuries have been reported.

“At 9:45 a.m. we heard a loud boom,” said Lt. Teresa Brecto of the Jamestown Salvation Army. “We went to the window and saw a huge fireball and billowing smoke.”

Brecto is among six Salvation Army staff and volunteers serving beef stew, hot dogs, drinks and snacks to about 36 firefighters battling the blaze. The Salvation Army is also caring for a few senior citizens evacuated from their homes and is prepared to serve employees and guests of the nearby Gladstone Inn & Suites, which reportedly lost power.

“This is the first disaster we’ve responded to without needing our mobile kitchen – everyone is able to come right to us for assistance,” said Brecto, adding that The Salvation Army’s facility is located inside of a two-block police perimeter. “We are happy to serve and thankful nobody was hurt.”

The Jamestown Salvation Army will continue serving until no longer needed.

Donations to the Jamestown Salvation Army can be made online at thesalarmy.org/jamestown or by calling 800-SAL-ARMY. Be sure to designate your donation “Jamestown, N.D.”

Community and Civic Leaders Join The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board

Nine New Members Bring Business, Marketing and Media Skills and Experiences to Support Charity’s Mission

ALEXANDRIA, VA (February 16, 2012) — The Salvation Army’s National Commander William A. Roberts announced the installation of nine new members to The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board (NAB), a group of national civic, philanthropic and business leaders who assist the organization in matters ranging from strategic planning to public outreach. Each new member has been selected for their community involvement and engagement with The Salvation Army in their local communities and with other nonprofit and relief organizations across the United States and internationally.

“We are honored that each of these civic and community leaders have accepted the mantel of national voluntary leadership with The Salvation Army,” said Commissioner Roberts. “Each is accomplished in business and community change and we are honored that they will apply their knowledgeable insight to help guide The Salvation Army.”

As of January 1, 2012, each member began serving a three-year term on the NAB. They join an august group led by the National Board Chair, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President Brand Management / President of Charities for the Dallas Cowboys.

“We are thrilled to be growing the size and scope of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board,” said National Board Chair, Mrs. Charlotte Jones Anderson. “The Board has now grown to 44 members and the combined wealth of experience, talent and dedication of these new leaders will bring a wonderful set of fresh ideas to our goal of helping others.”

New members include Mrs. Pamela Abdalla; Mr. Gary Brown; Mr. Bill Burke; Mr. Michael Ducker; Mr. Micheal Flaherty; Mr. Eric Holm; Ms. Marcia Larson; Mr. Joel Manby and Ambassador Gaddi H. Vasquez.

Additional information on each of the new NAB members includes:

Mrs. Pamela Abdalla is currently chairman of The Salvation Army’s Middle East Advisory Board and has helped launch the first Salvation Army outpost in the United Arab Emirates. She moved to the UAE in 2008 when her husband’s work as a partner in the Reed Smith law firm took them to that region. Prior to her move, Mrs. Abdalla worked as an attorney and most recently served 12 years as a hearing officer in Allegheny County’s family court system. She has also served as a member of The Salvation Army’s Greater Pittsburgh Regional Advisory Board since 2004, and was the recipient of the Catherine Booth Award in 2006. Mrs. Abdalla also volunteers with The Salvation Army’s Family Crisis Center, launching the annual fundraiser, the Garbage Bag Gala.

Mr. Gary Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Mount West Investments, a private equity and real estate investment organization. Previously, Mr. Brown was the President of Iron City Sash and Door Co. from 1991-2005. Mr. Brown serves as a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and served as Vice Chairmen from 2006-2010. Mr. Brown is currently the Chairman of the Program Committee, which includes Emergency Disaster Services, Family Caring Center and Social Services. Mr. Brown was also the 2008 recipient of the William Booth Award and volunteered his services at Ground Zero following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Brown’s father, Mr. J. Duncan Brown, was a charter member of the first National Advisory Board Council Conference in 1976, which became the National Advisory Board. He was Chairman of the NAB from 1986-1991. Mr. Gary Brown also serves on the Board of Trustees for Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.

Mr. William (Bill) Burke is Senior Vice President of Nationwide Financial (NF) Marketing in Ohio. Mr. Burke is responsible for all of NF Marketing including Individual Investments, Individual Protection and Solutions, Retirement Plans, Investment Management – Advertising, Campaigns Management and Channel Marketing. Mr. Burke has extensive experience in marketing and business strategy, product development and innovation, advertising and communication, and relationship management.

Mr. Michael L. Ducker currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for FedEx Express and President of its International divisions. In this role, Mr. Ducker leads the customer-facing aspects of the company’s Express operations and sets the strategic direction for the company’s global pickup and delivery functions for both parcels and freight spanning more than 220 countries and territories across North America, Latin America & Caribbean, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. He also oversees the company’s freight forwarding functions and once of the largest-volume customs clearance operations in North America. Based at the FedEx Express global headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Ducker has lead the company’s unprecedented international expansion over the past decade. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the U.S. Coalition of Service Industries and the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Micheal Flaherty is the President of Walden Media, a company he co-founded in his apartment in 1999. Since that time, Walden has gone on to produce over 30 films including The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlotte’s Web, Holes, Bridge to Terabithia, and Amazing Grace. Its publishing division has published a number of award-winning books, including the Newberry Award winner Savvy. As a writer, Mr. Flaherty has been published in a number of newspapers and magazines including the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Tufts University, Mr. Flaherty lives in Lexington, Massachusetts where he helps his wife Kelly home school their three children.

Mr. Eric Holm is the owner of Metro Corral Partners, a 28-unit Golden Corral franchisee with operations in Florida and Georgia. As president, he actively manages the daily operation of Metro Corral, which is the largest Golden Corral franchisee in the country. Mr. Holm has been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years and has substantial experience in restaurant operations, marketing and development. In addition to his involvement with The Salvation Army in Orlando, Fla., Mr. Holm and his wife, Diane founded Helpings from the Heart Thanksgiving Feast in 1992. In 2011, on Thanksgiving Day, more than 24,000 free meals were served throughout Central Florida.

Ms. Marcia Larson is Manager of HR Content & Communities at Dow Jones / Wall Street Journal, a subsidiary of News Corporation in New York City. Ms. Larson’s current work for Dow Jones and News Corp. incorporates recruitment, blogging, tweeting and other uses of social media marketing as well as training others at News Corp. on how to leverage social media. In addition, Ms. Larson participates in international relief work annually, most recently in Tanzania with the Micah Global Foundation, an international outreach service organization.

Mr. Joel Manby is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), the largest family owned theme park corporation in the U.S., that owns and operates 26 properties across ten states, including Stone Mountain Park, Dollywood and Silver Dollar City. Mr. Manby and his company were featured on the hit CBS show Undercover Boss and received worldwide acclaim for portraying a compassionate business culture. Prior to joining HFE, Mr. Manby was a part of the start-up team for Saturn Corporation and was instrumental in launching Saturn’s innovative marking and distribution strategy. After his successful tenure at Saturn, Mr. Manby was promoted to CEO of Saab Automobile USA.

Ambassador Gaddi H. Vasquez is currently the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Southern California Edison Company, one of the nation’s largest investor owned utilities. Prior to this position, Ambassador Vasquez served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Organizations in Rome, Italy. AMB Vasquez also served as Director of the United States Peace Corps and became the third longest serving Director in the Peace Corps’ 50-year history. During this tenure, the Peace Corps established the Peace Corps Global AIDS Program, which has resulted in the development of new country programs with a focus on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Ukraine Salvation Army Offers Life-Saving Assistance As Temperatures Plummet

Ukraine (February 8, 2012) – As severe cold weather spreads across much of Europe, one of the worst-affected countries is Ukraine, where temperatures have dropped as low as -36 degrees Celsius. More than 120 people are known to have lost their lives because of freezing conditions which the government has now given ‘natural disaster’ status. The Salvation Army is providing assistance to the most vulnerable people and Major Bobby Westmoreland (Divisional Commander, Ukraine Division) says, “We strongly believe our efforts have saved lives.”

In the capital city, Kiev, Salvationists and officers have collected warm clothing and purchased socks for distribution to homeless people living in shelters. Hot tea is being served to people taking shelter in subways and on the streets, and information about shelter locations is being distributed.

Prior to the excessive drop in temperatures, Kiev Corps (Salvation Army church) conducted a campaign across the city to collect warm clothing, leading to thousands of items being given out during December and January.

On one day six shelters were visited, with 400 kg of warm clothing and boots distributed, as well as 160 pairs of brand-new thermal socks and 30 sleeping bags. The Salvation Army is partnering with local government and the Ukraine central government’s social fund.

Officers and Salvationists in Yalta are distributing hot tea to the homeless and, as part of their usual activity, are caring for this vulnerable population. Yalta Corps successfully saved a mother and newborn child from the frigid temperatures and helped them to find shelter. The mother came to The Salvation Army in the last week of her pregnancy. She was helped with food, essential baby items and clothing, as well as being assisted in getting to a hospital for the birth of her baby.

In Kharkov The Salvation Army – in cooperation with local authorities – is providing hot meals, and in Lviv a Salvation Army team distributed clothing to 39 homeless people and served 41 meals.

Four cold-affected homeless people who came to The Salvation Army’s office in Simferopol were taken to hospital for treatment. Salvation Army volunteers helped them through the process. Several individuals and families were helped to heat their homes. The Salvation Army is partnering with the local city council in providing overnight shelter and hot tea for the homeless.

The Salvation Army In Fiji Provides Help After Floods

Fiji (February 1, 2012) – Salvation Army workers in Fiji were greatly encouraged when they received a visit from the country’s president while they were providing shelter, food, and clean water to victims of flooding and landslides. Six people – including a family of four – were killed, with villages and suburbs left under water. Thousands of people had to evacuate their homes.

A state of national disaster was declared in the urban areas of Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Sigatoka, and Rakiraki. Flash flood warnings remain in place for low-lying areas, including Vanua Levu and Taveuni. Work has begun to prevent the spread of typhoid after three people were admitted to Nadi Hospital with the disease.

The Fijian president visited an evacuation centre at The Salvation Army’s Nadi Corps (church), donating much-needed supplies to Salvationists who were providing meals and shelter for 35 people. With the town’s water supply cut off, the recently installed water tank at the corps proved particularly valuable in supplying clean water.

The hall and officers’ quarters in Ba were flooded to the lower levels of the buildings, and an engineering assessment is underway. Despite having their home flooded, the corps officers were able to shelter and support 26 people in the house’s upper level. Many of the people who attend Ba Corps are farmers, and most of their crops were washed away. It is estimated that more than half of the area’s crops and livestock have been damaged.

It is a similar story for those attending Saweni Corps, with many farmers losing crops and livelihood. They now face the hardship that comes with trying to replant crops.

The new school year was due to start in Fiji the week of the flood. As a result of the disaster, schools in the western district have been closed. Families have received assistance from The Salvation Army through the provision of school fees and replacement stationery supplies.

Divisional Commander Major Iliesa Cola says “We thank God for the [Salvation Army] officers and soldiers … who have been ministering God’s love to those affected by the floods. May God continue to pour out his strength and wisdom upon them.”

Report includes information from Major Brenda Luscombe.

The Salvation Army’s Relief Effort Ends In Alabama

Birmingham, Ala. (February 1, 2012) – Monday evening, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services ended its seven-day emergency meal and hydration service with dinner for storm survivors in the Birmingham area.

Since Monday, January 23, The Salvation Army provided more than 4,100 meals, over 8,800 drinks and almost 7,000 snacks . Additionally, the Salvation Army provided over 300 cleanup kits to the more than 244 homes affected by the storms. Each clean up kit included a mop, bucket, cleaning supplies, brooms, and other useful cleaning items.

Limited recovery assistance is available through The Salvation Army’s Social Service office at 2130 11th Avenue North in Birmingham. Residents will primarily be referred to community support services available through the local and state government.

“We are now scaling back our feeding and relief operations. The Salvation Army is providing limited emergency recovery support through its social services office but we’ll remain available to provide additional relief as needed,” explains Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army continues to provide long term recovery support for those affected by the April Tornado outbreak. Financial donations are needed and can be made to The Salvation Army at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army (725-2769). Please follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.