Posts

Salvation Army EDS and FEMA Corps volunteers team up.

The Salvation Army EDS and FEMA Corps Team Up For Preparedness Work

Jackson, MS (October 17, 2013) – Over 65 FEMA Corps volunteers were in Jackson, MS Thursday at the ALM Divisional EDS warehouse. FEMA Teams worked on multiple projects including debris/brush removal and food service gear preparation. In addition, all FEMA Corps folks were given the chance to tour some of ALM’s assets including the 53 foot mobile field kitchen, shower trailer, and a smaller canteen unit on loan from the Jackson, MS corps.

Salvation Army EDS and FEMA Corps volunteers team up.
Salvation Army EDS and FEMA Corps volunteers team up.

FEMA Corps is a relatively new program. Corps members are tasked with focusing on disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities, providing support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovery centers to sharing valuable disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public. When asked why she does the work she does, team member JoJo West out of Wisconsin stated “I do it because I want to give something back.”

The recent government shutdown allowed FEMA Corps to get more creative in what they are doing in the community. While it might seem that clearing brush and washing out coolers is not disaster work, it really is. The work hours donated by FEMA Corps will save The Salvation Army enough money to provide well over 1000 meals to individuals after a disaster.

Representatives from both organizations were pleased with the work and spoke about continuing the partnership in the future.

Ready.gov offers Safety Tips Following a Tornado

Ready.Gov offers the following Safety Tips following a tornado.

For more information, please check out FEMA‘s website: www.ready.gov.

Remember, safety should be the top priority in the aftermath of any disaster incident.

After a Tornado

Injury may result from the direct impact of a tornado or it may occur afterward when people walk among debris and enter damaged buildings. A study of injuries after a tornado in Marion, Illinois, showed that 50 percent of the tornado-related injuries were suffered during rescue attempts, cleanup and other post-tornado activities. Nearly a third of the injuries resulted from stepping on nails. Because tornadoes often damage power lines, gas lines or electrical systems, there is a risk of fire, electrocution or an explosion. Protecting yourself and your family requires promptly treating any injuries suffered during the storm and using extreme care to avoid further hazards.

Injuries

Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Get medical assistance immediately. If someone has stopped breathing, begin CPR if you are trained to do so. Stop a bleeding injury by applying direct pressure to the wound. Have any puncture wound evaluated by a physician. If you are trapped, try to attract attention to your location.

General Safety Precautions

Here are some safety precautions that could help you avoid injury after a tornado:

  • Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
  • Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
  • Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.
  • Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage or camper – or even outside near an open window, door or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO) – an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it – from these sources can build up in your home, garage or camper and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.
  • Hang up displaced telephone receivers that may have been knocked off by the tornado, but stay off the telephone, except to report an emergency.
  • Cooperate fully with public safety officials.
  • Respond to requests for volunteer assistance by police, fire fighters, emergency management and relief organizations, but do not go into damaged areas unless assistance has been requested. Your presence could hamper relief efforts and you could endanger yourself.

Inspecting the Damage

  • After a tornado, be aware of possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards in your home. Contact your local city or county building inspectors for information on structural safety codes and standards. They may also offer suggestions on finding a qualified contractor to do work for you.
  • In general, if you suspect any damage to your home, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
  • If it is dark when you are inspecting your home, use a flashlight rather than a candle or torch to avoid the risk of fire or explosion in a damaged home.
  • If you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if there is an odor of something burning, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker if you have not done so already.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company, the police or fire departments, or State Fire Marshal’s office and do not turn on the lights, light matches, smoke or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to your house until you are told it is safe to do so.

Safety During Clean Up

  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves.
  • Learn proper safety procedures and operating instructions before operating any gas-powered or electric-powered saws or tools.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, drugs, flammable liquids and other potentially hazardous materials.

Get Ready, America: The National Hurricane Survival Initiative

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most destructive storms ever to make landfall in North America: Hurricane Andrew. “Get Ready, America! The National Hurricane Survival Initiative” will look back on the devastation wrought by Andrew in 1992, the lessons learned since then, and what you need to know and do to stay safe before, during and after hurricane season. The Salvation Army is proud to partner with Ron Sachs Communications and other partners to bring you this important video message about hurricane safety and preparedness.

For more information on The Salvation Army and hurricane disaster relief, go to
disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

Connect with us:
 The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:  @SalArmyEDS,  Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA  SalArmyEDS

 Salvation Army USABlog  Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA 
 Salvation Army Texas @SalArmyTX Salvation Army Texas

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.