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Flooding in Elk County - image via wajctv.com

Severe Flooding in Elk County, Pennsylvania

Flooding in Elk County - image via wajctv.com

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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.

The Salvation Army Helps Hollister

The Salvation Army Helps Hollister’s Hard-Hit Turkey Creek Area

The Salvation Army Helps Hollister

Branson, MO (August 9, 2013)—Today, local Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers will continue to assist residents, first-responders and clean-up crews in Hollister’s hard-hit Turkey Creek area.

“We arrived on the scene within the hour with water, a few clean-up kits, personnel and snacks, Lt. Shawn DeBaar, Branson Corps Officer and Incident Commander, said.

The Salvation Army will provide immediate assistance to those in need from its Emergency Disaster Services mobile canteen. The EDS canteen will provide meals, snacks, drinks, and disaster clean-up supplies.

“It has been estimated that the number of people being served through this mobile canteen site will be around seventy,” DeBaar said.

The Salvation Army is also the lead agency in charge of serving daily meals at Hollister’s Red Cross shelter. The shelter is located at the New Beginning’s Fellowship Church – 151 Elm St. On Monday, The Salvation Army served seventy-five meals from the shelter.

“We have committed to feed those in the Red Cross shelter as long as the shelter is operating,” DeBaar said.

Currently needed in-kind donations include bottled water, sports drinks (e.g Powerade, Gatorade, etc.), clean-up supplies and first aid kits. All donations may be delivered to The Salvation Army’s Branson Corps—114 Stanley Blvd.

For more information please contact The Salvation Army’s Branson Corps at (417) 339-4434.

How to Help:

Help provide immediate assistance by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by mailing checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1715 Branson MO 65615-1715.

  • 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 fully operational for one day

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 82 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.

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Volunteers And Staff Serving Residents Of Herkimer And Mohawk

Herkimer, NY (June 30, 2013)—The Salvation Army is mobilizing staff and volunteers to provide hot meals to residents of Herkimer and Mohawk who have been impacted by flooding. “By Sunday afternoon, we have served over 598 meals,” said Capt. Dorothy Budd of Cortland, who is serving as the finance and administration officer.

The Army’s mobile feeding units have arrived from throughout New York State with officers and volunteers providing sandwiches, coffee, donuts, hamburgers and other food to help those pumping out and cleaning basements.

Lt. Summer Hough, from Watertown, serves as the Salvation Army liaison at the Herkimer County 911 Center noted that “the Mohawk community had been hit badly. The Salvation Army is coordinating the logistics of serving hot meals to Mohawk residents on Monday.”

The Army delivered 50 meals to a senior housing site in Herkimer.

An Army mobile feeding unit from the Albany Salvation with Envoy Amaury Ortiz and his wife provided food for 48 people who were assigned to Herkimer County 911 Center on Friday, which is serving as Emergency Operations Center. Driving around the village of Herkimer on Saturday and Sunday, they served almost 300 residents.

The Salvation Army in Oneonta brought their mobile feeding van and retired Salvation Army officer, Lt. Colonel Edie Pigford, along Oneonta Officer Capt. Evelyn Hopping focused on the village of Mohawk, across the Erie Canal from Herkimer. The Oneonta crew distributed food and cleaning kits last night. On Sunday morning, they served 114 sandwiches, donuts, water, coffee and distributed 54 cleaning kits.

Capt. Hopping noted that right now, people are cleaning out their damaged houses and are not taking time for food. “Because the Army can come to them, we are delivering clean up kits and food while the streets are filled with water from the pumped out basements,” she added.

Majors J. Craig and Dorie Haggerty from Elmira have positioned Elmira’s mobile feeding unit in one location in Herkimer and are cooking hot dogs and hamburgers for residents in the Smith Street neighborhood. They have served over 250 meals.

Major Michael Himes from Schenectady along with volunteers arrived Sunday afternoon and are taking a mobile feeding unit around Herkimer this afternoon.

The Greater New York Division of The Salvation Army will be bringing a Sprinter van equipped to serve over 1,000 hot meals. They will arrive on Monday and will also be carrying clean up kits.

Major James Purvis of Oswego is incident command officer, and Capt. Dorothy Budd from Cortland is finance and administration officer.

“We continue to need bottled water. We’ve received many cases donated, but will need more over the next few days along with granola bars, juice boxes and individually packaged chips, cookies,” said Major Purvis.

For more information, contact the Herkimer Salvation Army at (315) 866-0380. Donations can be made online to The Salvation Army at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/empire/Disaster.

About the Empire Division

The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.). Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.

Website: SalvationArmyEmpireState.org
twitter.com/SalArmyEmpire
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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.

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The Salvation Army Responds To Flooding In Mohawk Valley Area

Syracuse, NY (June 28, 2013)—The Salvation Army is responding to overnight flooding in the Mohawk Valley area of New York State. “The Salvation Army in Herkimer at 431 N. Prospect Street with be open with a hot dinner at 6 pm. The Empire Division’s incident command team has been mobilized and be opening in Utica at the Utica Worship and Community Center later Friday night. Our mobile feeding van from Albany has been assigned to the Herkimer County 911 Center to provide food, refreshments and comfort to rescue workers and emergency personnel,” said Capt. Brian Clark, director of Empire State Division’s Emergency Disaster Services.

“As there is also urban flooding in Western New York, we have mobile feeding units on stand-by in that area also. Other feeding units in Oneonta and Elmira are also on stand-by. We are readying clean up kits in the Utica area for distribution in the affected areas,” he added.

“We will inform those affected by the flooding on how to obtain Salvation Army clean up kits by Saturday morning,” he added.

About the Empire Division

The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.). Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.

Website: SalvationArmyEmpireState.org
twitter.com/SalArmyEmpire
https://www.facebook.com/salvationarmyempirestate

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.

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The Salvation Army Responds To Flooding In Central Pennsylvania

DuBois, PA (June 28, 2013)—Severe thunderstorms have caused significant flooding in Clearfield and Jefferson counties in central Pennsylvania, damaging homes and forcing residents to evacuate. In response, last night The Salvation Army deployed a team of people and a mobile feeding truck from Pittsburgh to a temporary shelter at the DuBois Area Senior High School to assist with feeding and caring for those displaced by the storms.

An additional team was deployed from The Salvation Army in Punxsutawney to another temporary shelter in Sigel where they provided meals as well as socks and personal care kits.

Although The Salvation Army’s own building in DuBois had water from the storm in the basement and main floor, Majors David and Robin Maddock remained there to serve refreshments and provide comfort to the rescue workers in the heavily flooded area.

With the water now receding, The Salvation Army will continue to serve at the shelter in DuBois until at least this evening when an assessment will determine the need for continued sheltering and mass feeding. Once the initial relief efforts are complete, The Salvation Army will transition into recovery operations in the affected communities.

To help, financial donations can be made at www.SalvationArmy-WPA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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 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 spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army in Route To Assist with Clean Up After Weekend Flooding in Rhea County, Tennessee

Chattanooga, TN (May 20, 2013)—The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga is loading Flood Relief Kits to assist with clean-up for residents of Rhea County. Due to rising waters from weekend storms, homes in the Morgantown area of Rhea County have experienced some flooding and need assistance with cleanup. A Salvation Army team will also help assess damage to better determine if further assistance is needed.

Each Flood Relief kit contains a mop, broom, bucket, bleach, gloves, sponges, squeegee, mask, cleaning brush, and garbage bag. Each kit costs The Salvation Army $26.50. Donations to offset these costs would be appreciated. Donations can be made online at www.csarmy.org, by phone to 1-800-Sal-Army or by mailing The Salvation Army at 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37403. The Salvation Army also asks for you to pray for the residents of Rhea County as they clean up from this flooding.

For more information, please contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing for The Salvation Army of Chattanooga at 423-756-1023 or Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.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 133 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.

Chattanooga Salvation Army on standby due to potential flooding

Chattanooga, TN (January 16, 2013)—The Salvation Army remains in contact with local county emergency managers to stay updated on rising creeks and potential flooding. The Salvation Army has alerted its volunteers and its emergency mobile kitchen crew to be ready to serve local emergency managers, disaster teams, and residents as needed.

“Our promise to the community is to ‘Do the Most Good’ with time, money and resources entrusted to us by our neighbors. Serving food, beverages, and offering spiritual counsel at times of disasters is just one of the ways we carry out this promise,” states Major Algerome Newsome, Salvation Army Area Commander.

To support The Salvation Army’s disaster efforts, donations can be made by visiting www.csarmy.org, by calling 1-800-Sal-Army or by mailing The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

For more information please contact Kimberly George at 423-308-7715.

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.