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SHIFTING: MOVING FROM RELIEF TO RECOVERY

 July 28, 2010

Eastern Kentucky: Those impacted by the devastating floods last week are starting to find bits of normalcy each day. As the sense of normality increases, The Salvation Army is shifting its focus from Emergency Disaster Relief to Long-Term Recovery.

“We’re still feeding folks, we’re still aiding with clean-up kits, we’re still in the communities meeting those needs,” said Ray Dalrymple, Divisional Service Unit Director. Dalrymple is the person responsible for coordinating and supporting the efforts of the volunteers who carry out the mission of The Salvation Army in several counties across Kentucky & Tennessee, including Pike, Floyd, Carter & Lewis.

The difference revolves around focus—and is summed up in their names. “Relief” is working to meet life-threatening needs now; to ‘relieve’ those suffering from a disaster. “Recovery” is working to bring those impacted by devastation to some sense of normal; looking not at the next meal, but to tomorrow or next week.

Signs of the shift frequently come in how and where assistance is given. For example, in the ‘relief’ phase, canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) are often taking essentials out into the disaster scene; but during ‘recovery’ assistance tends to be more centralized allowing a greater impact in each case.

In the last two days, The Salvation Army has served 1029 meals, but almost exclusively from fixed feeding locations. Often times these meals were served “to go”. By preparing hot, nutritious meals which are also portable, families can have a meal as a family—even if by candlelight.

Since daybreak on Monday, more than 395 clean-up kits and 45 cases of bleach and other cleansing agents have been distributed to those working in the heat and intermittent rain showers to make their home livable one again.

At the request of Vanceburg, Kentucky Mayor, Angie Patton, the last canteen has remained in service in her community roaming and serving in Vanceburg and throughout Lewis County.

These services, as important as they are, would be incomplete if done without a conscience concern for the recipient’s emotional and spiritual well-being. “The focus on the ‘person inside’ differentiates The Salvation Army’s efforts from the others. We are proactively seeking to meet the needs of the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.” -- Major John Needham, who as Divisional Commander leads The Salvation Army throughout Kentucky & Tennessee.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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RAYS OF HOPE AMONGST DARK CLOUDS

 July 25, 2010

Eastern Kentucky: After a disaster, it is easy to only see the gray clouds, and to focus on them as they seem to gather larger and larger. Of course, those who best move through disasters in life, vigilantly strive to stay focused on the rays of sunshine and hope.

Even with an abundance of ‘dark clouds’ throughout parts of Eastern Kentucky, The Salvation Army looks to share their ‘rays of hope.’ Part of that hope was joining with Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford in today’s declared "Day of Prayer" for those impacted by the floods.

The Salvation Army also sees hope in the decline in meals served. “This is a good thing,” said Joe Hughes, Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator. “It means people are finding ways to get back to a normal life.”

Without question there is still significant need in the more rural parts of the area, and recovery will take some time. But that need is a reflection of smaller numbers with greater needs.

This reduction has allowed another ‘ray of hope’—the ‘release’ of one of the canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) to return to its normal station in Danville, Kentucky. However, The Salvation Army is still conducting relief efforts in Pike, Floyd, Carter & Lewis Counties; and today was no exception.

Today alone, dedicated staff and volunteers prepared, served, and in some cases delivered via four-wheeler, 684 meals and thousands of cans of water.

Even the once highly sought after Salvation Army clean up kits were less coveted today. Yet, 196 clean-up kits were called into action. Putting into homes, cleaning basics like a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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THE SALVATION ARMY MARCHES ON

 July 24, 2010

Eastern Kentucky: The weekend—time for relaxation, catching up, & kicking back. Not when you are called to the service of other. Not when you are surrounded by the destruction left behind by floods. Not when you are The Salvation Army.

With relief efforts in Pike, Floyd, Carter & Lewis Counties, the weekend is still a busy time.

Working long after the sun has already gone down, Salvation Army staff and volunteers—exhausted from another long day—look around one last time to make certain everything is ready for the morning.

Food supplies are stocked and ready for the preparation of tomorrow’s meals, vital water, other drinks, clean-up kits*, and many of the other basic necessities otherwise denied those in a disaster area, are securely stacked and organized, canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) are cleaned and fully fueled. Lots to do, just to be ready for another long day tomorrow.

This is the same preparation that allowed The Salvation Army to serve more than a 1100 meals today and provide 275 clean-up kits. That’s in addition to unloading and distributing nearly a quarter-million cans of water which arrived today from Anheuser-Busch.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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TOTAL MEALS SERVED TOPS 10,000 TODAY
Caring for those impacted by this disaster is an ongoing concern

 July 23, 2010

Pikeville, Kentucky: Salvation Army staff and volunteers are experiencing a nearly constant flow of people seeking food, water and other assistance.

“I don’t think we are seeing fewer people, they just aren’t all coming at once since they know we are going to be here to help,” said Ray Dalrymple, a disaster services veteran & staff member with The Salvation Army. Today, 1436 meals went to flood survivors in and around Pike County; bringing the total to more than 10,000 meals served since the floods less than a week ago.

The demand for assistance was punctuated by Governor Steve Beshear’s announcement that President Obama declared Pike County a federal disaster area; allowing residents to apply for FEMA funds.

If numbers are proof, then the increasing requests for drinkable water is proven with the 91,323 cans of water distributed today alone.

As people begin to come to grips with how they are going to move forward after this disaster, the effort of cleaning becomes even more of a reality. Providing a basis for the effort, The Salvation Army distributed an additional 232 clean-up kits containing cleaning basics like a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves.

A vital, yet differentiating part of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services presence is the importance of the Emotional & Spiritual Care for survivors, responders, and families impacted by disaster. In the past week, countless hours have been spent by trained and dedicated staff and volunteers speaking with, listening to, crying with, and praying with the community. Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford has declared this Sunday (July, 25) as a "Day of Prayer" for those impacted by the floods. The Salvation Army supports this declaration and hopes to be an active part of any events.

“I heard about those folks over in Carter and Lewis Counties, that’s just awful…I know how they feel,” said Jimmy, a Pikeville resident even as he looked down the creek bank where his home sat in rubble, 200 yards from where it stood just days before. Neighbors caring for neighbors is a trademark of the area. The Salvation Army has canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) serving flood survivors in both Carter and Lewis Counties.

Tomorrow, the Salvation Army will again be providing food, drinks, and snacks along with Emotional & Spiritual Care at the Marrowbone Fire Department [195 Marrowbone Creek Rd, Elkhorn City, KY | (606) 754-5511].

Additionally, Salvation Army canteens will be ‘roving’ through affected areas providing food, drinks, and comfort:

  • One canteen will be working in the Raccoon Creek area.
  • Another will be working in the Harless Creek area.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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SALVATION ARMY EXPANDS SERVICE
Additional Canteen Dispatched to Lewis County

 July 23, 2010

Olive Hill, Kentucky: The Biblical parable of the Widow’s Mite www.TSA.ms/mite has been amplified during the aftermath of the recent floods in Eastern Kentucky.

“It seems those with the least, always want to do and give the most,” said Donna Lucas as she watched flood survivors pick up cases of water to distribute to their neighbors. Lucas is a Carter County resident and a member of The Salvation Army’s Advisory Council in Olive Hill.

“The floods back in May made sure we all knew what we are doing, and made our teams of volunteers work like a well-oiled machine,” Lucas said as she recounted how volunteers are the backbone of the disaster response effort.

Today between The Salvation Army’s canteen (mobile feeding kitchen) in Olive Hill and the Grahn Community Center 486 meals were served to those most impacted by the powerful flood waters.

In the oppressive heat, nearing 100°, dehydration is a major concern, couple that a significant portion of the community still without running water, and it is easy to see how The Salvation Army distributed 953 cans/bottles of water today alone.

Working in close conjunction with other traditional disaster response agencies, local groups and churches, as well as city, county, and state agencies; The Salvation Army is part of a network providing a myriad of necessities such as food, drinks, cleaning supplies, medical care (including tetanus shots), shelter, and counseling.

We are bringing in additional supplies including more clean-up kits*, water and sports drinks,” said Joe Hughes, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky & Tennessee.

On Saturday, Salvation Army canteens will roving through the more impacted areas, often following the destruction along creeks and streams. In addition, Salvation Army representatives will continue to take an active role in the coalition assembled to meet needs from the Grahn Community Center.

Seeing need for reinforcements, The Salvation Army has dispatched another canteen to Vanceburg, Kentucky. While logistics are still being examined, there is certain to be a service increase for Lewis County residents.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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SALVATION ARMY FEEDS THOUSANDS
Pike County Flood Survivors Provided Food & Drinks

 July 22, 2010

Pikeville, Kentucky: Routine, never is in disaster service. It might be easy to think that serving meals and cold drinks all day, several days in a row would become routine. “It’s not the same ‘ol, same ‘ol when what you are doing immediately impacts someone’s quality of life,” says Joe Hughes, The Salvation Army’s Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky and Tennessee.

Immediately after the devastating flash floods took their toll on residents of Pike County, The Salvation Army has been in a ‘routine’—serving others. It started with Salvation Army Volunteers, who are residents of Pike County, helping their neighbors. It has grown to include Salvation Army staff and volunteers from six cities and two states.

It takes an Army—The Salvation Army—trained & dedicated people who put the safety and comfort of others ahead of their own. Today, that dedication resulted in 2963 meals being served in and around Pike County, Kentucky to flood survivors.

High temperatures mixed with showers made the conditions nearly torturous for those serving…and being served. In those conditions, it isn’t surprising The Salvation Army distributed more than 46,500 cans of water today alone. Thanks to the generous donation of drinking water from a partner in times of disaster, Anheuser-Busch [more at www.TSA.ms/AB]; with a promise of additional water when needed.

You won’t find “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” in the Bible, but it is still important as those impacted by flood waters work to get back in their homes. To assist them in their efforts, The Salvation Army distributed 723 Clean-up Kits. Containing such cleaning basics as a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves; a clean-up kit gives a person a beginning.

Tomorrow, the Salvation Army will still be providing food, drinks, and snacks along with Emotional & Spiritual Care at the following fixed locations:

  • Johns Creek Fire Department
    8094 Meta Highway, Meta, KY 41501-6554
    (606)631-1826
  • Marrowbone Fire Department
    195 Marrowbone Creek Rd, Elkhorn City, KY
    (606)754-5511
  • Community Funeral Home (Raccoon Creek Area)
    4902 Zebulon Highway, Pikeville, KY 41501
    (606)437-1991

Additionally, Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) will be ‘roving’ through affected areas providing food, drinks, and comfort:

  • One will be focusing on the Zebulon area of Pike County
  • Another will be focusing on Raccoon Creek area.
  • A third will be working in the Holly Creek area.

It is anticipated the list of feeding areas will both grow and evolve as new information is received and coordinated at the Pike County Emergency Management Office.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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MEETING HUMAN NEED WHERE WE FIND IT
Today It Was in the Center of Town

 July 22, 2010

Olive Hill, Kentucky: Lt. Christopher Coulson, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster response in Carter County, took the lead in serving those impacted by the flooding throughout county.

Using one of The Salvation Army’s canteens (mobile feeding kitchen) as a base of operation, Salvation Army staff and volunteers served from the center of town in Olive Hill, Kentucky at the Railroad and Cross Street.

215 meals were served today alone. Couple that with the 203 cold drinks provided to disaster survivors.

Working with local churches and organizations, The Salvation Army is able to provide a more diverse menu, and a broader spectrum of services.

“Tomorrow [Friday] we should also be able to provide clean-up kits to those who need them,” said Joe Hughes, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky & Tennessee. Containing such cleaning basics as a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves; a clean-up kit same seem basic. But when filthy, contaminated water has invaded every corner of your home—basics are essentials.

“We will be in the same spot Friday; providing what we can to help move people back toward normalcy,” Lt. Coulson said.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

$10 will be added to your mobile phone bill/ deducted from your prepaid account. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Reply STOP to 50555 to stop. Full Terms: mGive.org/T.

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SERVING...
The Salvation Army is at work with you & for you.

 July 21, 2010

Pikeville, Kentucky: Under the weight of oppressive heat and intermittent rain, Salvation Army volunteers fought to bring a glimmer of hope to those who are without hope.

Stressing the capabilities of even his 4-wheel drive, Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator Joe Hughes pulls up to a concrete slab where a home once stood. Almost without noticing her surroundings, the would-be homeowner stands to welcome her visitor. Maggy stands up from where she had been sitting—the stairs to the spot where her front door was just a couple of days ago. Handing her a cold drink and a meal might seem to be enough. But, The Salvation Army doesn’t stop there.

“How can you meet someone who has lost everything, see the sorrow in their eyes, and NOT take the moment to talk with them, pray with them, or cry with them?” asks Hughes.

Unfortunately, Hughes only has a moment. Today, he and other volunteers like Pikeville resident and Salvation Army Chairperson, Loretta Adkins, have hundreds more to nourish—body and spirit. In fact, today alone The Salvation Army served 3934 meals to flood survivors in and around Pike County.

In times of disaster, especially in the steamy July summer, dehydration is a major concern. To help combat that, Salvation Army staff and volunteers passed out 1800 bottles of water. That’s in addition to the 60 gallons of nutrient- and electrolyte-rich sports drink that was served from fixed feeding sites around the county.

“The need we hear more than any other,” according the Pikeville resident Loretta Atkins, “is ‘jug water’ for cleaning. 1, 3, or 5 gallon jugs to help clean.” “Getting folks who still have a home, back into those homes, is an essential step,” says Ray Dalrymple longtime Salvation Army staffer and veteran EDS responder. In order to do that, those homes have to be thoroughly cleaned.

Thanks to the generosity of Anheuser-Busch, additional cases of water have arrived at the Pikeville Expo Center. But, the need for drinkable water is so great and widespread, those cans have to be used in a way that will provide greatest impact, and will safeguard people’s immediate health and safety.

“As you might imagine, feeding nearly 400o meals a day is costly. The Salvation Army is here in Pike County to meet those needs, but we are burdened by the enormous costs of this effort.” -- Major John Needham, Divisional Commander, who is responsible for the work and mission of The Salvation Army throughout Kentucky & Tennessee.

Tomorrow, the Salvation Army will again be providing food, drinks, and snacks along with Emotional & Spiritual Care at the following fixed locations:

  • Johns Creek Fire Department
    8094 Meta Highway, Meta, KY 41501-6554
    (606)631-1826
  • Marrowbone Fire Department
    195 Marrowbone Creek Rd, Elkhorn City, KY
    (606)754-5511
  • Community Funeral Home (Raccoon Creek Area)
    4902 Zebulon Highway, Pikeville, KY 41501
    (606)437-1991

Additionally, Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) will be ‘roving’ through affected areas providing food, drinks, and comfort:

  • One will be focusing on the Zebulon area of Pike County
  • Another will be focusing on Raccoon Creek area.
  • A third will be working in the Holly Creek area.

It is anticipated the list of feeding areas will both grow and evolve as new information is received and coordinated at the Pike County Emergency Management Office.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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OFFERING AN OLIVE BRANCH IN OLIVE HILL

 July 21, 2010

Olive Branch, Kentucky: The city of Olive Hill, Kentucky has declared a local disaster. Responding to the request from Mayor Danny Sparks, The Salvation Army has mobilized a canteen (mobile feeding kitchen) and crew to serve in Olive Hill.

While the evaluation is still in progress, it is anticipated that The Salvation Army will find a suitable location for a fixed feeding and hydration station as well as the efforts of the canteen crew roving in and around the more rural portions of Olive Hill and Carter County.

Lt. Christopher Coulson, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Response in Carter County says: “Our hearts go out to those devastated by these floods. We are here to support them with food & drink, and equally important with our prayers.”

The Olive Branch has long been used as a sign of peace, deals often being brokered over a meal. It is only natural that The Salvation Army offers peace of mind served with food and drink.

Keeping a weary eye on area conditions, and in regular contact with State and Local Emergency Management Offices, Salvation Army staff has reinforcements at the ready should they be needed.

“We’re already stretched thin and working inside the constraints of our financial resources, but stand ready to serve when needed.” – Major John Needham, the Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army’s work in Kentucky & Tennessee.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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EMERGENCY DISASTER SERVICES BULLETIN
Battling Multiple Fronts

 July 20, 2010

Grayson, Kentucky: State and local emergency officials have issued flood warnings for Rowan, Lewis, Fleming and Carter Counties, and are encouraging voluntary, immediate evacuation of areas along steams, creeks, and rivers.

The Salvation Army, already actively serving flood survivors in and around Pike County, Kentucky has place additional resources on standby to respond should flooding occur due to today's rain.

"We're already stretched thin and working inside the constraints of our financial resources, but stand ready to serve when needed." - Major John Needham, the Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army's work in Kentucky & Tennessee.

Two nearby canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) have been placed on stand-by. This means that the canteens are confirmed as stocked and prepared for service and trained crews of canteen operators are lined up for deployment to the affected areas.

Salvation Army personnel are closely monitoring the weather and service conditions. There is also close communications with state and local emergency management offices and the other traditional emergency response agencies.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate "disaster efforts." Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to
The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.

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FOOD, WATER, COMFORT
The Salvation Army Doing What It Does Best - Serving Others

 July 20, 2010

Pikeville, Kentucky: "Others" has been a rallying cry and focal point from The Salvation Army's inception more than 140 years ago. And never is it better displayed than in times of disaster.

Today alone, The Salvation Army prepared and fed more than 2300 meals to "Others". Only because of dedicated volunteers from the community-who, themselves, face personal loss from the raging floods. Serving tirelessly from sun-up until there was nothing left to serve-around 8:00 this evening.

These are meals served with a knowing, comforting smile at one of the three fixed feeding locations. Meals delivered just a few at a time by 4-wheelers through otherwise impassable roads. Meals prepared on and delivered by the three canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) roving throughout the affected area.

In a matter of hours all 635 clean-up kits were distributed. Containing such cleaning basics as a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves; a clean-up kit same seem basic. But when filthy water has invaded every corner of your home, basics are essentials.

Clean-up kits given to neighbors...freely and without reservation, even knowing their home too has standing water. Others.

It's a strange reality that so much water can leave a community without anything to safely drink. But that is the case in and around Pike County, Kentucky, as powerful flash floods ripped through water treatment plants, contaminating drinking water and shutting down filtration plants. Combating dehydration, today The Salvation Army served 720 bottles of water & 836 bottles of sports drink. In addition to that, at the fixed feeding and service sites, The Salvation Army volunteers distributed more than 30 gallons of electrolyte-rich drinks (one cup at a time) to those who sought refuge at community gathering spots. Others.

Can you quantify time spent comforting a family grieving the loss of treasured possessions, family pets, or an entire home? It isn't just ‘part of the job, ' it isn't an afterthought for The Salvation Army-emotional and spiritual care is an integral part of what we do, and who we are. Others.

"Today was a long, tough day" - Joe Hughes, The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky and Tennessee. "We have an exceptionally dedicated team of volunteers here in Pike County, and we couldn't do what we do without their selfless work and commitment," added Ray Dalrymple, who works with local community like Pikeville to carry forward the mission of The Salvation Army in every zip code across the United States.

Today, The Salvation Army-an Army of volunteers-lived "Others."

Tomorrow is another day, with additional volunteers needed to prepare hot meals and sandwiches-all with a joyful heart...all for Others. Those interested in volunteering to be part of this effort should contact Mrs. Loretta Adkins at 606-587-2507 or 606-587-2025.

With a new day comes the delivery of 103,488 cans of drinking water, thanks to the generous donation of Anheuser-Busch.

The Salvation Army is working very closely with other traditional disaster response groups, as well as local churches and civic groups. This tight cooperation will ensure that duplication of scarce resources is avoided. At the same time, increasing the likelihood of reaching out to those living in the hundreds of square miles impacted by floodwaters.

The Salvation Army will be providing food, drinks, and snacks along with Emotional & Spiritual Care at the following fixed locations:

   Johns Creek Fire Department
   o 8094 Meta Highway, Meta, KY 41501 | (606) 631-1826

   Marrowbone Fire Department
   o 195 Marrowbone Creek Rd, Elkhorn City, KY | (606) 754-5511

   Community Funeral Home (Raccoon Creek Area)
   o 4902 Zebulon Highway, Pikeville, KY 41501 | (606) 437-1991

Additionally, Salvation Army canteens will be ‘roving' through affected areas providing food, drinks, and comfort-

One canteen will be focusing on the Zebulon area of Pike County
Two other canteens will be focusing on Raccoon Creek area.

It is anticipated the list of feeding areas will both grow and evolve as new information is received and collated at the Pike County Emergency Management Office.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate "disaster efforts." Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

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FEEDING THE 5000
The Salvation Army Take Lead In Mass Feeding

 July 19, 2010

Pikeville, KY: As the water recedes, it leaves the distinct mark of flattened, muddy homes…and hearts. While the sun set on the first day of immediate disaster response throughout Pike County, Kentucky eyes were opened to the far reaching and widespread swath of devastation from the fast moving water that ravaged the county. Destruction that resulted in Gov. Beshear’s declaration of a State of Emergency for Pike County.

Long-time staffer and Emergency Disaster Services veteran, Ray Dalrymple is in Pikeville as the Incident Commander; heading up The Salvation Army’s response. “We find new faces in need every hour. The wide-spread nature of the communities makes meeting those growing needs all the more difficult.”—Ray Dalrymple.

The Salvation Army is working very closely with other traditional disaster response groups, as well as local churches and civic groups. This tight cooperation will ensure that duplication of scarce resources is avoided. At the same time, increasing the likelihood of reaching out to those living in the hundreds of square miles impacted by floodwaters.

“We are preparing to make 5000 meals”—Joe Hughes, Emergency Disaster Services Director. Using Mud Creek Senior Center (Grethel, KY) as the preparation point, trained & dedicated volunteers will prepare and package those meals. Some will be for the feeding sites, while others will go on one of the two canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) already active in Pike County.

One canteen, from Ashland, Kentucky, arrived early Monday and immediately went to work providing food, drinks, and snacks to the ‘washed-out’ victims who had made it safely into the downtown Pikeville area. The other canteen, from Danville, Kentucky, arrived late Monday and has already been prepared to head out with food, coffee, and other drinks at sun-up. A third canteen, from Johnson City, Tennessee will be on site mid-day Tuesday and immediately put into action.

The Salvation Army will be providing food, drinks, and snacks at the following fixed locations:

  • Johns Creek Fire Department
    8094 Meta Highway, Meta, KY 41501-6554
    (606) 631-1826
  • Marrowbone Fire Department
    195 Marrowbone Creek Rd, Elkhorn City, KY
    (606) 754-5511

Additionally, Salvation Army canteens will be ‘roving’ through affected areas providing meals and drinks:

  • One will be focusing on the Zebulon area of Pike County
  • Another will be focusing on Raccoon Creek area.
  • When reinforcements arrive, they will be immediately deployed based on the current assessment of needs.

It is anticipated the list of feeding areas will both grow and evolve as new information is received and assimilated at the Pike County Emergency Management Office.

“None of this would be possible without dedicated volunteers like the local Salvation Army Chairperson, Loretta Adkins.” – Ray Dalrymple. Those interested in volunteering to be part of this effort should contact Mrs. Adkins at 606-587-2507 or 606-587-2025.

At the appropriate time, clean-up kits will also be distributed to help those affected by the floods. Clean-up kits contain basic tools such as a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, and gloves; an example image is attached below.

With the loss of life and significant destruction, trained Salvation Army staff and volunteers are at hand to provide Emotional & Spiritual Care to the community.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

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TOO MUCH WATER BRINGS A WATER SHORTAGE
The Salvation Army Responds

 July 19, 2010

Pikeville, KY: Heavy rains and flooding in Pike County have resulted in significant property damage and is being blamed for loss of life. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a State of Emergency in Pike County (www.TSA.ms/KYGov) .

The Salvation Army is fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers in Pike County who are trained for response to Emergency Disaster Services, and who immediately went to work meeting the needs for their neighbors.

Pikeville’s water treatment plant was shut down due to the flooding. In response, The Salvation Army has two tractor trailer loads of water being delivered for distribution. This is made possible by the generosity of Anheuser-Busch, with whom The Salvation Army has a long working relationship in times of disaster.

A Canteen (mobile Feeding Kitchen) based out of Ashland, Kentucky has arrived in Pikeville to begin a mobile feeding route in the more remote portions of the county.

Salvation Army personnel are coordinating with evacuation shelters to make certain the needs of disaster victims and responders are being meet.

Joe Hughes, the Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, is onsite and coordinating with State and local Emergency Operations Centers to make the best use of Salvation Army resources in meeting the greatest need.

At the appropriate time, clean-up kits will also be distributed to help those affected by the floods, allowing them to return to a normal life in their home as quickly as possible. Clean-up kits contain basic tools such as a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, and gloves; an example image is attached below.

With the loss of life and significant destruction, trained Salvation Army staff and volunteers are at hand to provide Emotional & Spiritual Care to the community.

To learn more about what The Salvation Army is doing, please visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

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