Emergency Disaster Services Joins Community Group to Feed the Hungry

Emergency Disaster Services Joins Community Group to Feed the Hungry

Jackson, MS (February 26, 2014) -The Salvation Army EDS Department along with the Jackson Area Coordinate partnered with an area nonprofit to serve food to Jackson Mississippi’s hungry and homeless.

Every Sunday afternoon, Why Not Now Ministries of Mississippi, joins area organizations and church groups to provide a meal to the most needy in the Jackson, MS area. While The Salvation Army already had a feeding program in place, one of The Salvation Army’s most faithful disaster volunteers, Tony Kumor brought an idea up to the EDS department. Tony thought that this would be a good place to practice our food service along with helping those in need, and the EDS department agreed.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services are constantly looking to train and practice their unique feeding ministry, so situations where they can exercise their resources are priceless. When the idea of using this practice time to serve the hungry of Jackson came up, it was an easy decision to make.

The Salvation Army and Why Not Now of Mississippi worked for most of the afternoon this past Sunday serving 125 individuals. Kumor stated that this number was up about 30 people from the previous week.

The Salvation Army stands ready to assist all those in need during times of national disasters, and personal ones.

via Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

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Lubbock Salvation Army to offer warm place to stay as temperatures drop

Volunteers to provide warm meals, clothing to people on streets

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Salvation Army offers warm place

The Lubbock Salvation Army is offering its shelter as a warming station and emergency shelter start until Friday.

Volunteers will be out from 6 p.m. today, Jan. 23, to provide warm meals and clothing to people on the streets through its Survive the Night Program, according to a news release.

Temperatures were expected to drop to 19 degrees Wednesday night, and tonight to be even colder at 11 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Emergency cots will be available at the shelter.

The Homeless Consortium will also be coordinating with the Survive the Night volunteers to get a census of the homeless population in the city.

via salvationarmysouth.org

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The Salvation Army in Mississippi Participates in Active Shooter Exercise

114-MS-active-shooter-exerciseOn Friday January 3, The Jackson MS Salvation Army along with representatives from the Emergency Disaster Services section, and partners from The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief participated in a full-scale exercise along with multiple police and sheriffs agencies, The Clinton MS Public Schools, city government, Hinds County, and the FBI.

The scenario was that an active shooter had entered a public school in Clinton, MS, and had taken multiple victims, and was designed to test the city's capability to manage such an incident including the law enforcement aspects, evacuation of the school, parent / student reunification procedures, etc.

The Salvation Army’s role was to support the responders as they went about their work. The Salvation Army units were stationed at one location but delivered water, snacks and coffee to 4 different locations. In addition The Salvation Army delivered over 200 meals to the exercise participants. Another role The Salvation Army played, and one where The Salvation Army continues to grow is their Emotional and Spiritual Care. Occurrences such as the Newtown, CT shootings last year showed the importance of this type of response at an event like this. Victims have questions, and want to talk to someone they trust and is trained to respond.

While not traditionally involved in this type of active shooter exercise event, over the past few years agencies have begun to see that the abilities of The Salvation Army extend well beyond running a thrift store or passing out water after a disaster. According to ALM Divisional EDS Director, Thad Hicks, “Agencies cannot believe all we can do, and when I told them all they need to do is request our help, they were floored.” The Salvation Army in the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division alone has 32 mobile feeding units, plus a mobile field kitchen. Hicks added, “If a need presents itself, all of these assets are available to agencies within our division.”

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Polaris and The Salvation Army Partner at DARPA

Polaris and The Salvation Army Partner at DARPA

Polaris and The Salvation Army are showing the value of partnership while DARPA shows the advances in using Technology to help in times of disaster. Many of the tools that are manufactured by Polaris are perfect for taking The Salvation Army closer to where the need is the greatest. At the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Teams from around the world demonstrate diverse approaches and expertise while collaborating toward a common goal: improving robotics for disaster response.

Recently in response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes, Polaris donated a number of off road support vehicles to assist The Salvation Army in disaster response. Demonstrating this partnership while DARPA continues to find ways to support disaster response is a natural fit.

The units on display walk, crawl and roll. They take inspiration from humans and animals, and come in sizes tall and small, skinny and wide. They represent five countries around the world. They are the robots of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials, and they and their human operators have all been practicing very, very hard. (www.theroboticschallenge.org)

The teams scheduled to compete in the DRC Trials—taking place December 20-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida—are a mix of government, academic and commercial organizations from around the globe. They vary from each other in many ways, such as team size and experience, focus on hardware and/or software, and the design and capabilities of their entries. What all teams share, however, is commitment to a common goal: to speed development of robots that could aid in response efforts after future natural and man-made disasters.

Kevin Smith, Director and Lance Rocks, Assistant Director of The Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services, Florida Division as representatives.

“Its perfect to be in Homestead, Florida watching how robotics are being used to make disaster response more efficient and less dangerous for responders when conditions may be too dangerous.” said Lance Rocks. “Homestead really was the starting point for modern day emergency management and seeing that robotics are now being introduced into the response field here gets you excited. Especially if the exponential growth is duplicated.”

The Salvation Army is very grateful to Polaris for its support. The Salvation Army is recognized because we serve at the time and place of the greatest need. Polaris's products takes us even further, and that is critical for our relief. Representatives from Polaris and The Salvation Army will be at the DARPA Challenge Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Winter Storm Impacts Arkansas, Oklahoma

Winter Storm Impacts Arkansas, Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 6, 2013) – Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, and Governor of Arkansas, Mike Beebe, issued States of Emergency for Arkansas and Oklahoma in advance of the Winter Storm that has impacted both states. The weather maps show Winter Storm Warning, Winter Weather Advisory, Ice Storm Warnings and Freezing Rain Warnings issued in counties across Arkansas and Oklahoma. Although the weather is slowly clearing in Oklahoma, precipitation continues to fall throughout much of Arkansas.

Travel is possible but highly discouraged in many parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma. As the snow and ice pass, the temperatures will fall with potentially record setting lows on Friday evening. Loss of power could result in a humanitarian crisis as temperatures drop into the single digits.

The Salvation Army in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division took steps in advance to alert all Corps and Commands of the predicted weather as well as placing all 21 canteens (mobile feeding units) on standby for disaster response. Currently, Warming Centers are open and community centers have all shelters open and are taking necessary steps to allow for additional accommodations of men, women, and children should it be as necessary.

Salvation Army personnel are working with State emergency management officials and other VOAD agencies to coordinate services and provide assistance to residents in both Arkansas and Oklahoma due to current weather and road conditions.

Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Updates will be provided as additional information is forthcoming.


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.

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With all the hustle bustle of this season, an extra couple of elves running around taking care of business would be really nice. Or, you know… a dozen.

As you enjoy all your holiday preparations, don’t forget to take time to reminisce about Christmas in Texas and everywhere around the world, and check out the Texas Tidings online holiday calendar. Each time you share, Reliant gives $1 to The Salvation Army. #texastidings

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Today is Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday.

Today is Giving Tuesday. There’s Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Now there’s a new holiday tradition called Giving Tuesday.

It’s a special day to help our neighbors in need and give to our community.

Many local parents worry whether they’ll have anything around the tree for their kids this Christmas. Or if they’ll have a tree at all. But The Salvation Army is there for them. And you can be too, by shopping our easy-to-use Christmas Gift Catalog.

Today is Giving Tuesday.

From toys to clothes to Christmas dinner, our online Christmas Gift Catalog provides many meaningful ways to help neighbors in need. Please open your heart today.

Don’t miss out on Giving Tuesday!

Shop now and help a local family in need this Christmas, or check with your local Salvation Army to see how else you can give back to your community.