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SALVATION ARMY EMERGENCY SERVICES CONTINUE AS FLOOD WATERS REMAIN
Meal Service Provided to More than 100 Shelter Residents and First Responders

 October 1, 2010

Charlotte, NC: Salvation Army response personnel are once again navigating flood waters in eastern North Carolina, as they did 11 years ago in the wake of Hurricane Floyd, to serve shelter evacuees and first responders following Tropical Storm Nicole.

Following the request of North Carolina Emergency Management, more than 100 meals have been served by The Salvation Army to evacuees seeking safety at the PS Jones Middle School shelter in Washington, North Carolina. The Salvation Army arrived on scene at the shelter during the evening of September 30, 2010, where it has provided dinner and breakfast. Responding to the request for feeding services was no small task for The Salvation Army team out of Washington, as flood waters led to a 90 minute search for a safely passable route to the shelter. It is expected that Salvation Army meal service to shelter evacuees will conclude today as flood waters recede and residents return home. 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 the team based in Washington, Salvation Army service centers equipped with mobile kitchen unit canteens in Morehead City, New Bern, 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 resupply.

“Thankfully a large portion of the flood waters in the City of Washington have gone down but there are still several roads that are closed and even more throughout Beaufort County.”, said Lt. Chris Lyles, Commanding Officer for The Salvation Army’s center in Washington, North Carolina. “The Salvation Army will remain in service to displaced residents and first responders until the need has passed.

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 Tropical Storm Nicole 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.

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SALVATION ARMY ANNOUNCES “BEAT THE HEAT” CAMPAIGN TO HELP MEMPHIS CITIZENS

 August 6, 2010

Memphis, TN: Memphis experienced the second hottest June on record and is presently experiencing record temperatures over of 100 degrees with a heat index topping 115. The Salvation Army Memphis Area Command partnered with WREG News Channel 3 and nine other Memphis organizations in a "Beat the Heat" Campaign to provide air-conditioners for the most vulnerable in our community - the elderly and handicapped. In June we set forth a goal of $30,000.00, and we are pleased to report we have raised over $54,000.00 in the “Beat the Heat” Campaign.

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 7, 2010), The Salvation Army along with volunteers will distribute approximately 500 air-conditioners that will bring much needed relief to the neediest in our community. A local donor said, "Where you find the greatest need in Memphis, you will also find The Salvation Army." Today we received a $40.00 check. The donor's message said, "I can't afford this, but I am not suffering, thank God. Please help someone who needs help - someone in this heat today without air-conditioning. God has helped me to be cool, and I thank Him". It is great to see a community so often divided come together for a common cause for the good of humanity.

For further information, please contact Major Mark Woodcock or Elizabeth Duncan at 901-543-8586.

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SALVATION ARMY PROVIDES SUPPORT TO VICTIMS OF OLD WEST RANCH AND BULL RUN FIRES
Food, water, shelter and counseling provided to newly displaced residents

 July 30, 2010

Kernville, CA: As fire crews work around the clock to tame the Old West Ranch and Bull Run fires in the Tehachapi Mountains, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster teams are operating tirelessly to aid to both displaced residents and emergency crews affected by this catastrophe.

The Salvation Army is partnering with The Red Cross to provide shelter at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella among other areas. This includes special shelters to accommodate displaced individuals and families with animals. Other Salvation Army teams are in 4X4 vehicles to navigate mountain roads and deliver snacks, drinks and comfort to those victims who have been allowed to return to their property sites to sift through the rubble. The Bakersfield Salvation Army is also providing support with their mobile canteen distributing basic nourishment to those in need.

To date, The Salvation Army has served several hundred meals to fire victims, emergency personnel, medical and fire fighter teams. This has all been at no cost to The Salvation Army, thanks to the generosity of several restaurants and food merchants.

“I am so proud of the community of Tehachapi,” said Sandy McCain, Field Representative for The Salvation Army. “The outpouring has been tremendous; a little overwhelming actually.”

Local insurance companies, textile groups and service clubs have also stepped up to support The Salvation Army in providing assistance to displaced fire victims. Diapers, bedding, pet food and other supplies are being collected as families begin to think about longer-term assistance and rebuilding their lives.

“Everything that these victims had has burned to the ground. It’s all gone,” said McCain. “This fire has hit the poorest of the poor and they have no way of rebuilding immediately on very little monthly income.”

Salvation Army staff and volunteers are not only distributing food, water and supplies at the Bull Run and Old West Ranch locations, but trained Salvation Army officers and staff are offering counseling and spiritual comfort to victims and emergency workers. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination. 

Looking ahead to the near future, Salvation Army emergency disaster personnel will continue to provide immediate response services, like emergency shelter and food service well into the recovery process and will make preliminary contact with other social service agencies for case management for the fire survivors.

Monetary donations are welcomed to continue to provide displaced families with food, shelter, supplies and support. To help The Salvation Army help those whose lives have been disrupted by the Bull Run and Old West Fires, Call (800) SAL-ARMY. Or log on to wwww.salvationarmyusa.org. Please designate your gift to “Golden State Fire Relief.”

Gifts of in-kind materials are always needed by The Salvation Army Family Stores to support the work in local communities throughout The Central Valley. The public is encouraged to donate to the Family Store nearest them by dropping off goods, or calling 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visiting www.satruck.com to schedule a pick up. Please keep in mind that acceptance of material goods for "disaster survivors only" is not possible, as the logistics and added expense for transportation of these items is not practical.

If you are interested in learning about becoming a disaster relief volunteer for future emergency events, please visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/volunteer

Additional media inquiries should be directed to Laine J. Hendricks, Public Relations Director, at (661) 205-4335 or laine.hendricks@usw.salvationarmy.org

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SALVATION ARMY AT HELM OF WILDFIRE RELIEF FOR EVACUEES AND FIREFIGHTERS AS CROWN FIRE CONTINUES DESTROYING THOUSANDS OF ACRES
Monetary Donations Requested to Replenish Emergency Supplies

 July 30, 2010

Los Angeles, CA: The wind-driven Crown Fire that has already consumed more than 8,000 acres continues wrecking havoc in North Los Angeles’ Leona Valley desert community. While an army of 750 firefighters have brought the fire to five percent containment; high temperatures and gusty winds continue to work against them.

Sheriff’s deputies have ordered evacuations for approximately 2,000 households in the area; however the fire seems to be drifting away from residential homes as of late morning today. Still, the wildfire is volatile and continues to pose a potential threat to homes.

While firefighters work to contain the fire, Salvation Army disaster relief personnel from the Lancaster Corps under of the leadership of Envoy Carlos Souza are also hard at work providing meals and support to evacuees and disaster relief workers. Since Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services has been engaged with the support effort, The Salvation Army has served nearly 200 breakfast meals, and is on standby to provide snacks today and will provide dinner tonight to those seeking refuge in the two shelters currently open.

Two other smaller fires have also challenged disaster relief workers in the last 48 hours. The Briggs Fire has burned 530 acres and is at 80 percent containment. The fire has not destroyed any structures, but has posed a threat to 2,050 residential, 60 commercial and 125 outbuildings. In addition, a small fire near Gorman burned 30 acres before it was put out.

Monetary donations continue to be The Salvation Army’s most pressing need. The public can help us most right now by making a financial gift that gives The Salvation Army the purchasing power we need to care for disaster survivors. Financial donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org. Please designate your gift to “Southern California Fire Relief.”

Gifts of in-kind materials are always needed by The Salvation Army Family Stores to support the work in local communities throughout Southern California. The public is encouraged to donate to the Family Store nearest them by dropping off goods, or calling 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visiting www.satruck.com to schedule a pick up. Please keep in mind that acceptance of material goods for "disaster survivors only" is not possible, as the logistics and added expense for transportation of these items is not practical.

Any members of the public interested in volunteers should visit www.salvationarmy-socal.org and click on “What You Can Do” to learn more about becoming a disaster relief volunteer for future emergency events.

Additional media inquiries should be directed to Dawn Wright, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 805-403-8177 or Dawn.Wright@usw.SalvationArmy.org.

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SHAWNEE SALVATION ARMY SPREADS HOPE AND COMPASSION TO TORNADO VICTIMS

 May 14, 2010

Shawnee, OK: The Salvation Army of Shawnee has been helping victims of the Monday tornado almost since it touched down and caused mass chaos across Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.

On Tuesday morning, The Salvation Army attended an early morning briefing to find out what the needs were across Pottawatomie County. It was determined that the Army would provide some additional food items to the Pentecostal Church helping to serve those in Tecumseh. On Tuesday evening, over 30 volunteers met at The Salvation Army to make sandwiches. What a great group of people! Everyone was ready to work and there was no one standing around. Also, on Tuesday evening, the Tulsa Area Command loaned their canteen and large barbeque trailer arrived to provide meals in for the Seminole area at Seminole State College. Several local volunteers and advisory board members helped with securing and picking-up donations from Walmart, SAMS, Vision Bank and the United Way.

On Wednesday, the sandwiches assembled on Tuesday evening were sent out to an area on the Pottawatomie - Seminole county line. Many of the families served did not want to leave their homes for fear of looting, and therefore, were not willing to go to the stationary canteen located at Seminole State College. We encountered families who lost everything, homes, clothing, etc., some who had major damage, and still others with minor damage and loss of electricity. A sub-division of the Seminole Nation were served lunch and dinner on Wednesday, and while serving dinner, their electricity was restored! The canteen located at Seminole State College served 60 meals for breakfast and 200 meals for lunch. Dinner was also provided. The remaining sandwiches made on Tuesday evening were disbursed amid other Pottawatomie county residents affected by the storms.

On Thursday, the Tulsa canteen prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner prior to returning to Tulsa. Meals were delivered via vans to affected persons in Seminole and Pottawatomie counties.

On Friday, an employee of The Salvation Army’s prepared a hot meal for lunch and sandwiches for dinner which were served in areas in Seminole County with the assistance of Seminole County employees (due to extremely muddy roads).

As well as meals and hydration, emotional and spiritual care was provided to many individuals. Beginning next week, additional services will be provided in both counties. The Salvation Army Social Services office in Shawnee as well as the Thrift Store in Seminole will be doing casework and providing items to help displaced and storm victims.

There have been many stories including those needing temporary shelter for their animals, burial of farm animals, plumbing needs, and much more. With the assistance and networking of many agencies, The Salvation Army has been able to assist in many different circumstances.

Major Michael Barnhouse states “We feel very honored to provide services during this stressful period. We were blessed to be able to pray with several of the victims, and to give a "listening ear" for those affected.

Texting is now available to help tornado victims. Text "STORM" to 9-0-9-9-9 to make a $10 donation to Salvation Army's Tornado Relief Efforts."

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individual and families affected by the tornadoes to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Oklahoma tornadoes. Donations are also being accepted at the Shawnee office located at 200 E. 9th. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm. Undesignated donations are assigned by the zip code of the donor to the nearest Salvation Army location.

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TEXAS SALVATION ARMY ASSISTS OKLAHOMA TORNADO RELIEF

 May 13, 2010

Arlington, TX: Two tractor trailers loaded with emergency supplies departed The Salvation Army Disaster Warehouse in Arlington, TX, Tuesday afternoon, headed for Oklahoma.

The Salvation Army in Texas is responding to the ongoing needs of thousands of people affected by a series of tornados that struck Oklahoma on Monday evening, May 10. The trailers were loaded with food containers, paper plates, plastic ware, water and Gatorade.

Salvation Army staff and volunteers in Oklahoma continue to provide meal service, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to people in Cleveland, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.

Emergency Mobile Feeding Units are on standby at Salvation Army locations throughout North Texas in case additional disaster support is requested.

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

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES SERVICE TO TORNADO VICTIMS-UPDATE

 May 12, 2010

Oklahoma City, OK: The Salvation Army will continue with meal service, hydration and emotional and spiritual care on Wednesday in Cleveland, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, and Seminole Counties.

  • The Central Oklahoma Area Command (COAC) mobile feeding unit remained at 1-240 & Anderson through dinner this evening and will return tomorrow to serve breakfast & lunch. Lunch may be served at the County Commission Building. An update on location will be provided by Jeff Lara of COAC. Additionally, Jeff reports they may roam to feed many residents and volunteers in one of the heavily affected neighborhoods located near their location.
  • The Ardmore Canteen served dinner this evening and will return to "roving" the City of Norman and Cleveland county area tomorrow to serve as needed.
  • The Enid Canteen served at Country Boy IGA today and will return on Wednesday morning for breakfast. Area Command Personnel will coordinate with local emergency personnel to determine if this unit needs to be relocated to better serve those affected by the storms.
  • The Shawnee Corps is serving several locations in Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties, including but not limited to the following: Seminole College in Seminole, Twin Lakes, Tecumseh, and locations in these heavily affected rural counties. Many pockets of families are being located that are without power yet want to shelter in place. Mobile Feeding Units from McAlester and Tulsa continue to assist Shawnee with their response.

Major Dan Proctor, Central Oklahoma Area Commander, and Major Michael Barnhouse, Shawnee Corps Officer, are working closely with local and county emergency managers to ensure needs are met for storm survivors, responders, and workers helping to erect hundreds of power poles to restore power. Close to 27,000 customers remain without power with 12,500 to 15,000 of those in the Seminole area.

The Central Oklahoma Area Command is sending out tweets on a regular basis on their response efforts. You can follow them on Twitter @salvationarmyok and http://www.salvationarmyokcac.org. Also, you can the Central Oklahoma Area Command on FaceBook under Salvation Army Oklahoma City. They are posting pictures of some of their work on their page.

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

Updates will be forwarded as necessary and information allows.

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OKLAHOMA FEELS THE WRATH OF TORNADOES

 May 11, 2010

Oklahoma City, OK: The Salvation Army is responding to the tornadoes that have traveled from North Central Oklahoma to Central and South Central portions of the state. Currently, four fatalities have been reported in Central Oklahoma with 57 injuries. Close to 37,000 homes are currently without power, throughout 12 counties. Local authorities are assessing damage and conducting searches for survivors at this time. Searches are expected to continue through the night.

Currently the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is involved in the following:

  • The Salvation Army was involved in a media briefing on all local Oklahoma news channels at the Incident Command located at I-240 and Anderson Road.
  • The Central Oklahoma Area Command (COAC) mobile feeding unit (canteen) is at the above mentioned Incident Command serving first responders and others. They have a team of at least five people led by Major Dan Proctor, Area Commander, Oklahoma City.
  • The Shawnee trailer unit deployed to Tecumseh and will be deploying an emotional and spiritual care team due to fatalities.
  • Major John Birks, with his son and daughter, drove up and down Choctaw road and served coffee and donuts to emergency responders while helping to coordinate response efforts. He is in touch with the Arkansas/Oklahoma division to help coordinate relief and recovery efforts.
  • The Enid canteen is deploying to Norman to assist COAC with response efforts.
  • Captain Ernie Hull, Ardmore Corps Officer responded with a beverage service and snacks with emergency responders during initial search and rescue. It appears there is no longer a need for service as damages, and search and recovery efforts were not as extensive as originally thought.

The Tulsa area canteens are on stand-by to help as daylight hours will provide more information on where and what the needs are across the state. The McAlester unit is on stand-by to see if they need to help with Tecumseh and Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties.

Currently, the storms are headed into Southern Arkansas and North Central Arkansas so Arkansas units are also on alert.

The State of Oklahoma Emergency Operation Center has been activated and The Salvation Army is in immediate contact with their staff and WebEOC.

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help anyone affected by the tornadoes to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Oklahoma tornadoes. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm. Undesignated donations are assigned by the zip code of the donor to the nearest Salvation Army location.

Updates will be forwarded as necessary and information allows.

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