Salvation Army Team Battles Heat and Power Loss To Render Aid

Ashland, Kentucky (June 30, 2012)—Heavy rain and winds in excess of 79 mph took down power lines and numerous tree limbs leaving thousands in Eastern Kentucky without power. In the face of oppressing heat, Boyd County Emergency Management requested assistance from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

Under the leadership of Majors Darrell and Deborah Kingsbury, The Salvation Army’s representatives for Boyd and the surrounding counties, trained volunteers worked with a local officials to supply needed food and drinks for a ‘cooling station’ located at Hilltop Christian Baptist Church.

“The initial survey indicated our services would only be needed for a few hours, but now we are sure to be involved and serving through the weekend,” said Major Darrell Kingsbury. Emergency Management personnel anticipate the restoration of power to be hindered by the need to remove of storm debris to make roads passable.

The structure of The Salvation Army allows ‘reinforcements’ to be ‘called up’ easily to assist the ongoing service. A dedicated team of trained volunteers from neighboring Carter County, Kentucky will arrive onsite this evening to lend their assistance.

A revolving crowd of between 40 and 50 neighbors visit the cooling station for relief from the heat and to get cool drink and nutritious meal; providing the energy needed to continue the clean-up after the storm.

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this flooding, please visit: www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation will appear on your next phone bill*.

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For images related Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, please visit www.the-sa.org/edsinfo.

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 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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The Salvation Army responds to Tropical Storm Debby

Lutz, FL (June 26, 2012)—Today The Salvation Army deployed seven canteens (mobile kitchens) to communities flooded by Tropical Storm Debby.

Disaster teams from Clay, Marion, Alachua, Citrus counties as well as Jacksonville, Tallahassee and North Central Florida Outpost (Madison county) are being assembled and will begin helping residents as soon as they arrive to the destination.

Those communities include Suwannee, Franklin, Wakaulla and Nassau counties. The Salvation Army is on standby in Hillsborough county to help support a community along the Manatee river.

“From Naples to Panama City, Debby is definitely making its mark on Florida,” said Kevin Smith, Emergency Disaster Services director for The Salvation Army of Florida. “It’s amazing what this storm has done.”

The Salvation Army plans to distribute hot meals, clean up kits and water.

Smith said The Salvation Army is committed to helping communities affected by the storm even after the flood waters recede.

“We are thankful that the storm hasn’t intensified, but we are concerned for the impact of the rising water and increase tides and how that will affect those along the rivers across Florida,” Smith said.

In the short-term, The Salvation Army will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals and families.

For more information about how The Salvation Army is responding to Tropical Storm Debby and other disasters, please log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also follow @salarmyeds, @salarmyfla, @salarmyflaeds or search “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook to access the latest information.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation can feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Provides Assistance to People Fleeing Conflict in the Congo

Congo (June 25, 2012)—Ongoing instability and violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is causing humanitarian problems in the country and across its borders. The Salvation Army is responding to the needs of internally displaced people in DRC and to refugees in Rwanda and Uganda.

In Mugunga Camp, DRC, The Salvation Army has already provided food to almost 10,000 people but more is urgently needed. ‘There is a great need for food,’ reports Captain Dieudonné Tsilulu, after a monitoring visit to the camp, ‘because other organizations have not yet started food distribution.’ The other big need is for plastic sheets to provide at least some basic form of shelter.

In Rwanda, The Salvation Army has now started two projects. One is to distribute clothes and supplementary food to pregnant and breast-feeding mothers in refugee camps. The other project will address the provision of medication, with many of the displaced people suffering from major health issues. Both projects are being implemented in coordination with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and other UN agencies working in the camps.

Uganda has also seen an influx of refugees. The Salvation Army is providing relief food and drinking water to 6,000 refugees, and further projects are planned. A team deployed by The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services is on its way to Uganda to assist with the task. The team consists of experienced emergency services workers Major Comfort Adepojou from Nigeria, Major Ray Mackereth from the UK and Willemijn Bijl from The Netherlands.

The Salvation Army Responds to Waldo Canyon Fire

Colorado Springs, CO (June 24, 2012) – In response to the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs on June 23, 2012, The Salvation Army is assessing the needs of disaster survivors and The Salvation Army’s ability to respond to those needs – both immediately and for the longer term.

At the Cheyenne Mountain High School evacuee shelter, The Salvation Army’s local Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) unit is providing for survivors’ immediate needs, such as food, water, comfort, and counseling. At this time, The Salvation Army is preparing breakfast for 250 evacuees.

An appeal is being made for financial assistance to fund the relief work in Colorado Springs. Those who wish to support The Salvation Army’s disaster response may do so by sending a check earmarked “Disaster Relief” to their local Salvation Army office, or by donating online at www.imsalvationarmy.org, or by making a credit card donation at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

On This Day In History—June 25

FORKS!

In 1630, Governor Winthrop of Massachusetts introduced the fork in colonial America as a dining utensil. It took a while for it to be widely accepted, and only having 2 tines, some called it a split spoon. What would we do without the fork today?

The Salvation Army Readies for Tropical Storm Debby’s Early Visit

Jackson, MS (June 24, 2012)—Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Debby which is forecast to develop into Hurricane Debby . Salvation Army offices in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and a fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response.

The storm system is forecast to drop large amounts of rain and produce a storm surge of two to four feet on parts of south Louisiana and Mississippi with the potential for widespread flooding across the region. Additionally, areas in the storm’s path are expected to experience extended periods of strong winds with the potential for tornadic activity.

“The Salvation Army is taking every precaution necessary to ready equipment and supplies to provide emergency relief services as needed to anyone who may be impacted by the storm,” stated Major Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division. “As the storm approaches, we encourage residents throughout the potentially impacted states to prepare themselves and be alert to severe weather conditions.”

In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies

• Hygiene kits
• Drinking water
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an Emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

“It is imperative that residents of New Orleans and the central Gulf Coast region heed all warnings and orders associated with this storm system, regardless of its path,” said Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army’s ALM Division.

The Salvation Army asks people who want support its Emergency Disaster Services to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, bucket and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims, please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you. Please follow our storm response at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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