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THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDS AS TOMAS STORMS ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN
November 9, 2010
Caribbean: The Salvation Army across the Caribbean is responding to damage caused by Tropical Storm Tomas. Some countries - including Haiti - have been left relatively unscathed but others are dealing with the aftermath of the worst storm for many years.
In Barbados, the government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, officially wrote to the Divisional Commander, Major Dewhurst Jonas, to express appreciation for The Salvation Army's quick and helpful response. The Army provided hot meals to shelters and assisted individuals with food parcels and other basic necessities.
Major Jonas reports, "The worst storm to hit Barbados since Hurricane Janet in 1955 did so in the early hours of Saturday morning. It came at 70 miles per hour, five miles per hour less than a category one hurricane, but that did not minimize the damage that Tomas inflicted on the island of Barbados and later on in the day in St Lucia."
The Major toured the north of the island where he witnessed significant damage to homes and businesses. A few Salvation Army properties suffered minor damage, but Major Jonas reports that some Salvationists suffered the total destruction of their homes. At the time of writing most homes were without power or water.
In St Lucia, where 14 lives were lost in the storm, The Army is working closely with NEMO, the government's National Emergency Measures Organization, to provide assistance to those in need.
Captain Jonathan Kellman reports, "There has been widespread damage across the island. Some houses have lost roofs and others have been destroyed. Because of the mountainous nature of the island, many trees have fallen and utility lines are down. Incessant rain for two days has caused water to flow from the mountains and rivers have overflowed their banks."
"The flood waters have adversely affected the south of the island where many landslides have occurred. The main area affected is Soufriere, the home of the famous volcano and landmark Piton Mountains. Landslides in this area have caused loss of homes and lives. People can only access certain parts of these areas on foot or by boat."
The Salvation Army will continue providing relief assistance in conjunction with NEMO. So far, Salvation Army teams have offered counseling and the daily feeding program to the homeless in the city of Castries has been extended to provide food to some of the utility workers who were undertaking repairs in the north.
In St Vincent, The Salvation Army is supporting government-organized relief efforts and offering assistance where possible.
The storm passed by Jamaica without causing much damage and fears of further destruction in Haiti proved unfounded, with a Salvationist on Haiti reporting that it is "business as usual."
Submitted by: Emergency News, Salvation Army International Headquarters
THE SALVATION ARMY IN BERMUDA RESPONDS AFTER HURRICANE IGOR MOVES OFF THE ISLAND
September 20, 2010
Bermuda: The Salvation Army continues its involvement in relief efforts at the Cedarbridge emergency shelter and on the streets as hurricane Igor now begins its movement away from Bermuda. Over the past 48 hours individuals seeking shelter from the storm have increased to over 100, and volunteers have prepared and served over 450 meals. For those individuals within the homeless community who decided to remain on the streets we have ensured team members are deployed to provide food and any assistance that might be required.
As the storm continues its northwest course and moves away from the island The Salvation Army stands ready to provide assistance as required or requested in coordination with government emergency management officials. As clean-up begins regional Salvation Army sites are ready to provide food to maintenance crews and other authorities who will be actively working to get the island back to a state of normalcy.
"It has been incredible to observe the cooperation and commitment of our volunteer and officer team in response to this event," says Major Shawn Critch, Divisional Commander, Bbermuda. "Our responsibility is to the homeless and our team has worked tirelessly over the past five days to ensure we were ready to serve 'our' people with dignity and respect."
"This experience has been challenging, fulfilling, and enjoyable, says Carol McDowall, coordinator for our food services team. "But most of all it has been very rewarding when you hear the 'thank yous' and see the smiling facing of those here at the shelter that we are here to serve. We are, and have been, the Bible in action."
Mr. Rudolph Hollis, volunteer Emergency Disaster Services coordinator, has played a vital part in the relief effort. "Our focus has been, and will continue to be, the people of Bermuda."
The Emergency Management Organization will be meeting later this morning to determine next steps for Bermuda and her people. The government liaison with The Salvation Army, Mr. Alfred Maybury, will provide further direction later today as to the expectations for the Army as we now enter the post-storm stage.
The Bermuda division is grateful for the prayerful support from many throughout the Canada and Bermuda Territory and indeed around the world.
THE SALVATION ARMY EMERGENCY SERVICES CONTINUE AS EARL PASSES
September 3, 2010
Meal Service Provided to More than 250 Shelter Residents and First Responders
Charlotte, NC: Along the North Carolina coast, residents, sun-seeking vacationers and first responders sought refuge from Hurricane Earl and were fed by The Salvation Army at emergency shelters in Beaufort, Carteret and Pamlico Counties. The Salvation Army has been on-site for meal service at these North Carolina coastal evacuation shelters since Thursday following requests of North Carolina Emergency Management officials and has served more than 250 individuals. It is expected that Salvation Army meal service to shelter evacuees has concluded with breakfast on Friday and that shelter closings will eliminate the need for additional feeding. In addition to fixed feeding at occupied shelters, the Salvation Army is prepared to respond locally to remote and roving feeding needs and requests across eastern and coastal North Carolina.
In support of meal services being delivered by units based in Morehead City, New Bern and Washington, Salvation Army service centers equipped with mobile kitchen unit canteens in Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Greenville, Jacksonville, Kinston and Rocky Mount are on alert, monitoring the situation, coordinating with local officials and prepared to deploy as required or requested. Additional Salvation Army centers with 21 mobile kitchen unit canteens across the North and South Carolina Division are prepared and available for support, each with an initial capacity to serve approximately 1,500 meals over a 3 day period without re supply.
"Even as we were ready, on-site and alert for service, The Salvation Army is relieved and blessed that Hurricane Earl did not have a direct impact on North Carolina or the east coast and that there have been no reports of injuries. Still, we remain focused on response and service to evacuees and first responders. Our focus now is Salvation Army response to local needs in each community", said Major Andrew Wiley, Area Commander for The Salvation Army's response to Hurricane Earl.
As we enter the historical peak of Hurricane season, The Salvation Army encourages all residents in North and South Carolina to prepare a family emergency supply kit and an evacuation plan. A recommended website tool for North Carolina residents is http://www.readync.org/ for tips in developing an individual family preparedness plan. For South Carolina residents, go to http://www.scemd.org/
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Earl to visit http://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/ or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations will be used to meet immediate needs. The Salvation Army currently is not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for those impacted by the storm; however, please continue supporting your local Salvation Army thrift store and the much needed programs your in-kind gifts support.
THE SALVATION ARMY ON ALERT FOR EARL
September 3, 2010
Norfolk, VA: Personnel and volunteers are ready to serve those affected by Hurricane EARL throughout Hampton Roads, VA. The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command is working with local Emergency Management personnel in preparation for a response if it becomes necessary.
"As we continue to monitor the storm our mobile feeding unit (canteen) is stocked and the Disaster teams are prepared to provide assistance in the event Hurricane Earl affects the residents Hampton Roads", said Major Lewis Reckline, Tidewater Area Commander.
The Salvation Army encourages all residents in Earl's potential path to prepare an emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and to stay informed of all warnings. In the event residents must seek shelter please refer to the enclosed Emergency Supply list of items to take to an area emergency shelter. "Our Emergency Shelter at 203 W. 19th Street in Norfolk is prepared to provide shelter and serve additional meals as residents may feel the need to seek shelter," said Major Reckline in regard to the Emergency Shelter which typically serves the homeless. Disaster response professionals in Virginia recommend visiting http://www.vdem.state.va.us/prepare/index.cfm for tips in developing their individual family preparedness plan.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Earl to visit www.salarmyhr.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or email Shelby Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are always needed in the event of an emergency. Monetary donations will be used to meet immediate needs of those affected by the storm. The Salvation Army currently is not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims; however, please continue supporting your local Salvation Army thrift store and the much needed programs with your in-kind gifts support.
THE SALVATION ARMY MOBILIZES TO BEGIN HURRICANE EARL SHELTER CARE
September 2, 2010
Charlotte, NC: Personnel across The Salvation Army's North and South Carolina Division continue to monitor the track of Hurricane EARL as it nears the Outerbanks. Coastal North Carolina communities have reviewed their local response plans and are preparing for the potential of localized deployment to impacted communities in their service area. As a result, all Salvation Army centers along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor through North Carolina are prepared for local disaster response and service. Additional Salvation Army response resources across the two-state Division have been alerted to the situation and have mobilized necessary resources.
Emergency Management officials in North Carolina have requested Salvation Army feeding services to begin today for evacuee shelters in Beaufort, Carteret and Pamlico Counties. Evacuee feeding services will be provided via the Salvation Army's mobile kitchen units as they stage at county-designated shelter locations. The mobile kitchen units are fully equipped kitchens with resources and capacity to provide immediate and extended mass feeding at a fixed location or while roaming throughout an impacted area. The Salvation Army will also be providing feeding and hydration services to first responders and emergency personnel.
• Beaufort County: Southside High School
• Carteret County: Northside High School
• Pamlico County: Pamlico Community College
"Each day The Salvation Army responds in service to crisis situations. And not every crisis is as sensational as a Hurricane, as many are personal, individual and of the heart. Our team is mobilized and fully prepared for response and service as need arises and for as long as the need last", said Major Willis Howell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army North & South Carolina Division.
The Salvation Army encourages all residents in Earl's potential path to monitor the storm closely and take protective actions as ordered by your local officials. Preparation of a family emergency supply kit and an evacuation plan is also recommended. A recommended website tool for North Carolina residents is http://www.readync.org/ for tips in developing an individual family preparedness plan.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Earl to visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations will be used to meet immediate needs. The Salvation Army currently is not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for those impacted by the storm; however, please continue supporting your local Salvation Army thrift store and the much needed programs your in-kind gifts support.
THE SALVATION ARMY PREPARES FOR EARL
August 31, 2010
Charlotte, NC: Salvation Army personnel across the Carolinas have been notified of the potential impacts from Hurricane EARL. Personnel in coastal North Carolina communities are reviewing local response plans and procedures for the potential of localized deployment to impacted communities. As a result, all Salvation Army centers along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor through North Carolina have been notified to prepare for disaster response and service.
"Our focus at this time is to be prepared locally with a plan, personnel and resources so that our local Salvation Army Corps can provide assistance as required or requested in coordination with county and state emergency management officials", said Mike Patterson, Emergency Disaster Services Director for the North & South Carolina Division.
The Salvation Army is coordinating with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) through a Salvation Army liaison officer.
The Salvation Army encourages all residents in Earl's potential path to prepare an emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and to stay informed of all warnings and potential protective actions. Disaster response professionals in North Carolina recommend visiting http://www.readync.org/ for tips in developing their individual family preparedness plan.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Earl to visit http://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/ or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations will be used to meet immediate needs. The Salvation Army currently is not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims; however, please continue supporting your local Salvation Army thrift store and the much needed programs your in-kind gifts support.
SALVATION ARMY PREPARED TO RESPOND TO DANIELLE
August 11, 2010
Jackson, MS: The Salvation Army, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division are preparing to respond to areas affected by Tropical Storm Danielle. With widespread rain and spin up tornado’s possible, The Salvation Army has placed all disaster units on alert for possible response.
Units will be prepared to serve hot meals, snacks and hydration in the event of flooding and power outages.
This system is currently tracking northwest at a forward speed of 10 mph. TD 5 is forecast to track northwestward right up to landfall first in southeast Louisiana on Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening and then a second landfall in southwest Mississippi late Thursday night. This system is anticipated to slow dramatically as it nears the coast on Thursday as a weakness in a ridge of high pressure forms along the central Gulf coast. Many of the hurricane track models have shifted east overnight and are forecasting a landfall on the Mississippi or Alabama coastlines on Thursday evening; therefore, if this trend continues, the forecast track may need to be shifted a little further east.
" The Salvation army is prepared to respond if needed,” stated Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in the ALM Division. “Once the storm passes we should have a clearer picture of our response.”
Salvation Army disaster work is one of the many ways The Salvation Army addresses human suffering and need in communities across the region. To help with The Salvation Army's emergency disaster response to Tropical Storm Danielle, you can call 1-800-Sal-Army or log on to www.salvationarmyusa.org and make a monetary donation.
SALVATION ARMY DEPLOYS WITH RAPID RESPONSE TASK FORCE
July 2, 2010
Austin, TX: The Salvation Army’s Texas Division has assigned two emergency response mobile feeding units to deploy as part of Texas Rapid Response Task Force Austin.
The State of Texas has formed four Rapid Response Task Forces (RRTFs) which are considered an "All Hazards" resource, with potential utility in response to any disaster, natural or man-made. RRTFs, which are located in Dallas, Waco, Austin and San Antonio, are designed to conduct re-entry operations immediately following a disaster but can also remain in the impacted area for transition to recovery operations. These RRTFs are comprised of personnel and equipment from state agencies, private sector, volunteer organizations and city and county government.
As Hurricane Alex, this year’s first hurricane, strengthened and made landfall last night on the Mexican border heavy rains bring potential of flooding to South and Coastal Texas regions. In response The Salvation Army’s Texas Division, in addition to the two mobile feeding units assigned to RRTF-Austin, has placed 35 mobile feeding units (canteens) on standby, ready to roll at a moments notice.
“We have a great relationship with the Texas Division of Emergency Management” states Major Terry Israel, Divisional Secretary in Texas. We feel privileged to deploy and serve the first responders that comprise the Rapid Response Task Force.”
Salvation Army emergency response resources that distribute supply food, water, and ice will be operational within 4-6 hours, along with the manpower to serve those likely to be affected by this first named hurricane of the season.
For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army's emergency relief efforts please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps. For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.
June 28, 2010
Atlanta, GA: The Salvation Army is prepared for any possible affects of Tropical Storm Alex, predicted to gain hurricane strength as it makes its way across the south eastern Gulf area.
The Salvation Army, Texas Division has 35 mobile feeding units (canteens) on standby ready to roll at a moments notice. Estimates predict these effective resources that distribute supply food, water, and ice will be operational from all points of the state within 4-6 hours, along with the manpower to serve those likely to be affected by this first storm of the season.
Should this or any future storm demand greater resources, The Salvation Army will coordinate additional units from neighboring states. The Texas Division’s Communications Bus, and Field kitchen (capable of preparing 20,000 meals daily) is also on standby for deployment if needed.
Mobile feeding units (canteens) are already in place from Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen and Corpus Christi, with a further eight close by. Each of these units can deliver anything up to 5,000 meals daily. The units are part of a first response package should the need arise.
“The Salvation Army has been responding in times of disaster since 1900” said Major Terry Israel, Divisional Secretary in Texas. “And have been providing practical assistance and emotional & spiritual care for those affected by natural and man made disasters ever since then.”
For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army's emergency relief efforts may do so by visiting www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contacting their local Salvation Army Corps. For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS..
June 26, 2010
SalArmyEDS: First storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season: ALEX. Only south Texas threatened ... but things could change. http://yfrog.com/g4xhocj
June 26, 2010
NationalVOAD: Alex has formed as of the 5 AM CDT Saturday advisory from the National Hurricane Center. It's first stop, Belize... http://fb.me/vCs3YDIE
June 8, 2010
SalArmyEDS: Salvation Army responds to double-disasters in Guatemala: Pacaya Volcano & Tropical Storm Agnes. http://bit.ly/90U6zZ
June 1, 2010
SalArmyEDS: Tropical Storm Agatha creates giant sinkhole in Guatemala City that reportedly swallowed 3-story building http://tweetphoto.com/25047908.
June 1, 2010
SalArmyEDS: Tropical Storm Agatha blamed for 146 deaths in Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras http://bit.ly/bK3HdI Agatha 1st storm of Pacific Hurricane Season.
May 26, 2010
SalArmyEDS: Tropical Storm Agatha forecast to make landfall in Guatemala or Mexico Sunday or Monday; dangerous rainfall potential.
|The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in a hurricane's path to prepare an Emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.