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The Salvation Army Serves Families Awaiting Carnival Triumph In Mobile

Mobile, AL(February 14, 2013)—The Salvation Army Coastal Alabama Area Command is working in cooperation with the City of Mobile as part of the provision of hospitality to families and friends waiting to meet passengers of the Carnival Triumph at the Mobile Cruise terminal.

Salvation Army personnel are presently providing snacks, coffee, hot chocolate and hot meals to families of passengers awaiting the arrival of their loved ones to Mobile.

Estimated arrival times for the ship are close to midnight tonight and Salvation Army personnel will remain vigilant in their efforts until the ship has docked.

“Each of these families are awaiting the assurance that their loved ones are safe and secure. We can only imagine the anxiety each must be experiencing,” stated Major Mark Brown of The Salvation Army Coastal Alabama Area Command. “We pray that our presence can be a source of hope and calm a midst their concern.”

Financial donations are still needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Disaster Relief. Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.

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 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year. The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

The Salvation Army Responds to Alabama Hostage Crisis

Ozark, AL (January 30, 2013)—The Salvation Army has deployed a mobile feeding unit from Dothan to Dale County, Alabama to provide support to first responders at the site of a hostage situation. Since early evening on Tuesday, volunteers from The Salvation Army have been preparing hot meals and drinks at the incident command post in Midland City, AL.

Salvation Army officials responded at the request of law enforcement to provide for the physical needs of those attempting to resolve what has been described as a “very delicate situation” involving a child. Home and businesses surrounding the hostage location have been evacuated to ensure their safety and security. By sunrise on Wednesday, The Salvation Army had served over 250 hot meals.

Brenda Furqueron, Director of The Salvation Army in Dale County, said that “plans are already in place to serve as long as it is necessary.”

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared throughout the day on Wednesday in continued support of the hostage standoff.

“Our hope and prayer is that this situation can be resolved in a peaceful manner,” Furqueron added.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services. Please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

For more on this story, please visit the news article on dothaneagle.com.

As Isaac moves out, The Salvation Army rolls in!

The Salvation Army is moving emergency response teams into place in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi and is providing shelter, food and hydration, and emotional and spiritual care in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

As the storm moves to the North, The Salvation Army has mobilized 24 feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel to the hardest hit areas. These units have a combined daily feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals. Major David Craddock, Incident Commander for Hurrican Isaac, commented, “This has been in many cases a hurry-up-and-wait situation. Even with access to affected areas limited, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents fleeing the effects of Isaac.” In response to the storm The Salvation Army has provided approximately, 8,067 meals, 7,569 drinks and 6,264 snacks. Additionally, hygiene kits and clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies are being made available to storm survivors and first responders, as well as emotional and spiritual support.

Many Salvation Army facilities in the track of the storm have been greatly impacted and a number of facilities were evacuated including the Area Command building and Center of Hope in New Orleans. Homeless shelters in Pascagoula, New Orleans, MS, and Mobile, AL, continued to be filled to capacity. Palm Beach County, FL, experienced massive flooding and widespread power outages and two mobile feeding units have been providing food, water, and support to the communities of Acreage and Loxahatchee.

The Salvation Army in Texas has five mobile feeding units and a field kitchen on alert should additional support be requested. These units will remain on call during the holiday weekend. Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary, said, “Although Isaac is moving inland, many areas will not feel the storm’s full impact of rain and flooding for some time. We expect to provide assistance to all survivors in Gulf Coast communities and elsewhere for as long as there is a need.”

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “2012 Hurricane Season.”
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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. 83 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.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Continuing to Shelter Tonight In Mobile AL After Isaac

Mobile, AL (August 29, 2012) – In the last 48 hours, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama has served around 800 meals to those seeking refuge from Isaac, and more than 100 people looking for a safe and dry place to sleep have taken refuge in our emergency shelter.

The emergency shelter will stay open again tonight, and we will provide updated meal and shelter totals as we get them. The Salvation Army hopes to return to normal shelter and residential program operations after breakfast is served tomorrow, but we will re-evaluate in the morning based on immediate and urgent needs at that time.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama officially opened its 24-hour emergency shelter on Tuesday for anyone who had nowhere safe to go during Hurricane Isaac. But Monday night, we fed and housed anyone who needed somewhere to sleep, because the threat of flooding had closed alternate shelter locations. During this time of emergency, The Salvation Army is providing three meals a day, as well as physical and emotional support to some of our most vulnerable neighbors affected by the storm.

“With torrential rain still falling (and expected to continue overnight into tomorrow) – and news just received that other emergency shelters are closing down before tonight – The Salvation Army expects an even greater demand for its meals and emergency accommodation tonight,” says Major Mark Brown, Commander for The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama.

He adds, “Already this evening we are seeing more people enjoying a warm and nutritious evening meal, and it is really great and heartwarming to see people who are facing some of life’s toughest challenges laughing and simply making the best of what could be a dangerous, even tragic, situation.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season:
Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Georgia Division Supports WMD Response Exercises


Photo: Exercise participants (left to right) Captain Jose’Marquez, Major Shane Strickland (Commander), 2nd Lt. Ryan Schwartz (Operations Officer), First Sergeant Gregory Haines, Major Jim Smith and Jeff Jones.

Atlanta, GA (July 2, 2012) – For more than a century, The Salvation Army has endeavored to ease human sufferings wherever it is found. The Georgia Divisional Disaster Department, under the direction of Major Jim Smith (R), continues to respond when disaster strikes, and more importantly to assist in training exercises to ensure The Salvation Army Disaster team is ready when called.

Recently the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, organized by First Sergeant Gregory Haines invited The Salvation Army to be part of multi-state exercise with Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. Over 100 individuals from agencies that included the FBI, GBI, GEMA, Cobb County Fire and Rescue and Hazmat Teams, and Cobb County Police joined the full scale exercise. First Sergeant Haines, whose parents served as Salvation Army Officers, stated “This is a great way to include a great organization which we know can respond when called on and at a moment’s notice. We can depend on the Army because of, not only their expertise in disaster relief, but because of their commitment, services provided, and compassion to families affected in crisis.”

“It is important for the Disaster Services of The Salvation Army to be involved in these training exercises” stated Major Jim Smith. “The Army becomes part of the bigger team as local commands build relationships with the local responding agencies. These trainings help us understand the needs of the agencies so we can be prepared and serve those who need us in very difficult and strenuous times.“

As we approach Hurricane Season, The Salvation Army Georgia Division equipped with 24 canteens are capable of serving 1,500 meals per day, continues to train throughout the Division. In 20111 thousands of individuals were assisted during the Tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky as well as serving those affected by Hurricane Irene from Georgia to Pennsylvania.

FedEx, NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin & The Salvation Army Welcome Family Home

Event aims to raise awareness of ongoing needs of disaster victims in Tuscaloosa and other parts of U.S. as they work to rebuild their lives.

TUSCALOOSA, AL (May 3, 2012) – FedEx Corp., The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, and NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin are working together to bring awareness to the ongoing recovery efforts in the Tuscaloosa, Ala., area in the wake of the devastating tornadoes that hit the area in April 2011. Today, the two organizations and Hamlin are welcoming a local family into its newly built home at a special event in Tuscaloosa.

“FedEx is proud to be in Tuscaloosa and contribute to the ongoing disaster recovery efforts,” said Jannette Maye, senior manager, FedEx Station Operations in Tuscaloosa. “It is important to us to shed light on disaster victims’ continuing needs, which can persist for months and years following a natural disaster.”

Benjamin Torres, a father of three children, lost the home he was renting in the April 27, 2011 tornado. The Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran, who served in both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, was out of the state when the storm hit. He frantically returned to Tuscaloosa to find his home destroyed, but joyfully found his children, who were staying with their mother, unharmed.

The Torres family is now receiving a new home built by The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization. The organization has a goal of building 20 homes in the Tuscaloosa area for victims of last spring’s tornado. The local Salvation Army chapter is providing furniture and appliances for the Torres’ home as well as for many of the other UMCOR-built homes in the area.

As part of the FedEx commitment to supporting disaster preparedness, relief and recovery efforts, the company is donating $10,000 to the local Salvation Army chapter in Tuscaloosa. A portion of this donation will be used to fund the purchase of appliances and furniture for the family.

FedEx has supported The Salvation Army for more than ten years. In 2007, FedEx began an initiative with The Salvation Army to provide funding for the purchase of Disaster Response Units (canteen trucks) in markets across the U.S. and around the world. To date, FedEx has provided funding for 14 Units, at a cost of approximately $100,000 each.

FedEx support enables The Salvation Army and its emergency response personnel to be among the first to reach the site of devastation and immediately begin providing material, physical and emotional comfort for both survivors and first responders. The company’s logistics expertise makes it uniquely qualified to help in quickly responding to a disaster and delivering supplies and aid to those in need.

To aid The Salvation Army in providing continued outreach to victims of disaster, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY; text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10.00 gift on your cell phone bill; or visit donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $42 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

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.

FedEx Corp.
Media Relations:
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Parul.bajaj@fedex.com

Salvation Army Continues Long-Term Recovery in Southern States On One-Year Anniversary of Tornadoes

The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term emergency relief services to the residents whose lives were forever changed following a series of devastating tornadoes that ravaged parts of the southern United States in April 2011. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) teams immediately responded to the storms and provided 4.8 million meals, snacks and drinks, as well as material, emotional and spiritual care to survivors throughout all impacted states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

“These were a series of storms that not only changed lives one year ago, but changed lives forever and The Salvation Army will be in these communities to make these changes easier,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “From day one, The Salvation Army has been and will continue to be committed to the long-term recovery efforts by addressing the on-the-ground needs of families impacted throughout the South.”

Within minutes of the storms making landfall last year, The Salvation Army deployed multiple mobile feeding units throughout the southern states, providing warm meals, snacks and drinks, along with emotional support and basic materials to thousands of individuals. As the disaster operation transitioned from immediate response into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army is still on-site in many of these communities, providing continued support to those in need. Long-term recovery plans in support of communities and survivors of the April 2011 tornadoes in the southern United States include:

ALM Division (Serving Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi)
• As rebuilding continues across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army, in partnership with Long Term Recovery Committees in 13 communities, is working to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies in specific service areas, including:
      o Community capacity: Signature community projects were identified to help rebuild parks,

      community centers, and other projects by community leaders, long term recovery       committees, and The Salvation Army.
      o Disaster Social Services: The Salvation Army is providing direct financial assistance to

      survivors through trained case workers. This assistance is provided for essential living

     supplies, emergency household needs and rebuilding supplies.
      o Distribution centers: The Salvation Army continues to operate distribution centers for
      survivors in affected areas. Food boxes, donated furniture, clothing, and other recovery
     items are available through these warehouses.

• On Thursday, May 3, 2012 FedEx, The Salvation Army and NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin, are partnering to bring awareness to the importance of ongoing recovery efforts, specifically in the Tuscaloosa, AL area. Together, the two organizations and Hamlin will welcome a local family into a new home, which was built after the family’s original home was destroyed last spring. The home is the first to be rebuilt in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa.
• The Salvation Army and FedEx previously partnered on rebuilding communities in New Orleans, where the Army established the EnviRenew initiative that built environmentally friendly homes for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

GEO Division (Serving Georgia)
• The Salvation Army of Georgia immediately responded by serving nine counties, including Spalding, Lamar, Troup, LaGrange, Floyd, Bartow, Meriwether, Troup, and Rabun.
• The Salvation Army implemented a long-term recovery plan for these impacted areas, funded by $1 million received in donations, that includes assistance with building materials, appliances, household items, furniture, short-term case management for resettlement assistance and the hiring of three social workers. From this money spent, we have to able to serve 25 households, with 60 households awaiting immediate final approval.
• In addition, The Salvation Army is helping rebuild Spalding County’s historic 107 year-old Vaughn United Methodist Church, which was destroyed by the tornadoes. The Salvation Army is supporting the efforts of rebuilding the church by providing furnishing materials.

KTN Division (Serving Kentucky, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia)
• This weekend, as part of the one year anniversary of the tornadoes, The Salvation Army of KTN will take part memorial services and volunteer celebrations, recognizing the lives lost and the efforts of those working to rebuild lives throughout the area.
• The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga began serving storm survivors immediately after the first tornadoes swept through Bradley County the afternoon of April 27, and began service in Catoosa County later that evening. On April 28, disaster recovery response widened to include more of Bradley and Hamilton counties in TN and Catoosa, Walker and Dade counties in GA.
• The Greater Chattanooga Area Command served in all Disaster Response Centers weeks after the storm and hired additional case workers to better serve the needs of storm survivors in the long-term recovery efforts in each of these counties, which includes direct disaster recovery assistance and development of new community projects that were lost during the storms.
• The Salvation Army also provided warm meals and drinks, as well as emotional and spiritual care in Murfreesboro, TN and Danville, KY.

AOK Division (Serving Arkansas & Oklahoma)
• In Arkansas, The Salvation Army provided immediate emergency assistance to tornado survivors in the communities of Vilonia, Hot Springs Village, and Fountain Lake.
• The Salvation Army also worked with Oklahoma Emergency Management to facilitate services of food and drinks to Stillwell, Oklahoma.
• Currently, The Salvation Army is working to meeting the long-term recovery needs of disaster-affected households within these communities for as long as the Army is needed.

“Long-term recovery is a difficult path. The process of rebuilding homes and lives takes time and patience,” said Major Hood. “The Salvation Army will work with local governments, organizations and community members to make sure every individual and family will have a new place to call home.”