Salvation Army Teams Respond in Maryland & West Virginia

Immediately after the storms swept through the state this past Friday evening, Salvation Army personnel, equipment, and facilities were mobilized to provide hydration, feeding, and shelter services throughout West Virginia. These services are being provided to emergency service personnel and those who have experienced damage or displacement due to the storms. Where Salvation Army facilities themselves have not lost electrical power, cooling stations have also been set up, especially for those who are at risk due to the excessive heat affecting the eastern part of the United States.

Salvation Army Officers, volunteers, and equipment have been dispatched from the following communities:

    Beckley, WV—Corps facilities are without power, but feeding services are being conducted     by Salvation Army canteen
    Bluefield – hydration services
    Charleston – hydration and feeding services from canteen and Corps facilities
    Huntington – shelter services, hydration and feeding services from canteen and Corps     facilities
    Parkersburg– Cooling station, and serving meals from Corps facilities
    Wheeling – Cooling station, shelter services, hydration and feeding services

Two camp facilities of The Salvation Army (Camp Happy Valley, Scott Depot, WV, and Camp Tomahawk, Hedgesville, WV) were heavily affected by the storms. Both facilities have been closed due to the loss of electrical power. Loss of most refrigerated food is anticipated.

In Maryland, the Baltimore Area Command and Annapolis Corps have responded to emergency management requests to provide cooling stations and hydration services to assist individuals and families who are at risk due to the excessive heat. Baltimore Area Command is also delivering mobile feeding services in the metropolitan area.

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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.