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SALVATION ARMY STILL SUPPORTING EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI VICTIMS IN CHILE
Update

 July 29, 2010

Chile: The Salvation Army in Chile continues to serve people affected by the earthquake and tsunami that brought devastation over a wide area in late February. Support is concentrated in central and southern Chile at Talca, Rancagua-Doñihue, Santa Clara, Dichato and Caleta Tumbes.

Two feeding programs operate to help elderly people and vulnerable families through the cold and damp winter. As resources become available The Salvation Army is replacing clothing and other essential items that were lost in the disaster. Schemes are also in place to provide temporary housing and employment.

Women's support groups which have commenced in some communities are providing an opportunity for people to share their concerns with each other, especially as most are dealing with the same disruptions to their lives. These groups have created new networks of support and encouragement.

Caleta Tumbes, a coastal community, was all but swept away by the tsunami that followed the earthquake. The Salvation Army has provided fishermen in the village with new boats so they can resume their work. More have been requested.

There is ongoing contact with local and government leaders.

Programs in damaged Salvation Army properties are being operated at reduced capacity. El Faro, the men’s residence in Santiago, needs to be completely redeveloped due to the severity of the earthquake damage.

Salvation Army officers, soldiers and staff involved in the disaster response have demonstrated courage, care and determination to help their fellow Chileans through this difficult time. There has been great appreciation shown by those receiving help, not just for the material needs that have been met but also for the spiritual comfort given.

Report submitted by Major Bill Barthau (International Emergency Services), who is now in Chile to assist and advise local Salvation Army teams.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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SALVATION ARMY IN CHILE HELPS FISHING COMMUNITIES
Update

 March 29, 2010

Chile: The Salvation Army in Chile is providing vital assistance to coastal communities damaged by a tsunami. Waves up to five meters high destroyed everything in their path after being set off by an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale.

The response is focused mainly on the communities of Dichato and Caleta Tumbes, where many local people fled to high ground and watched as the tsunami destroyed their homes, possessions and livelihoods, and in some instances took the lives of their loved ones.

One woman described how she had lost her 92-year-old father. He had decided to stay in their house because his son, a local fisherman, had said that he knew the sea well and it would not reach the house. On any other night that would have been true – but not on this occasion.

Salvation Army officers and volunteers have been working selflessly in these coastal communities to provide food, water and clothes, helping to clear and clean properties that are still standing, and offering spiritual support. In one camp volunteers are running a children's club to try and assist in their recovery.

Among the many things destroyed by the tsunami were the communities' fishing fleets. This time of year is the most important for sardine fishermen, the season lasting only three months, and many earn almost their entire annual income in this short period.

The fishermen now just stand by the coast, looking out to sea, not knowing when they will be able to fish again or how they will provide for their families. The secretary of the fishermen’s cooperative in Dichato said: 'The young men may be able to retrain to do something else but many of us are too old. All we know is fishing – it is our livelihood, it is our life.'

One option being considered by The Salvation Army is to replace the boats that were swept away. How well they can do this will depend on finding donors who can support the scheme.

Another fisherman described how he and his family fled for their lives to the hills and did not think about their boats. He said he had just paid for a new boat and did not know how he was going to find the money for another. His family is currently living with many others in tents and makeshift shelters in woods on high ground inland from their homes. Others are in a camp nearer the sea in tents supplied by the military.

The secretary of the fishermen's cooperative in Caleta Tumbes thanked The Salvation Army for all it was doing in the community and appealed for it to continue to give assistance.

The Salvation Army continues to explore further avenues of providing assistance and plans to provide support well into the future.

Report by Major Raelton Gibbs, International Emergency Services

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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SALVATION ARMY EARTHQUAKE RELIEF IN CHILE
"Brazos Fuertes Alrededor de Chile" - "Strong Arms Around Chile"

 March 12, 2010

Chile: Twelve days later, strong aftershocks continue. As of this morning, three of the strongest aftershocks yet hit within a 27 minute period. These shocks occurred as Chile is inaugurating their new President.

Since the earthquake, The Salvation Army in Chile has been distributing help throughout the country. Over 15,000 persons have been helped with 14,000 rations of food provided to individuals and families. As of March 9, over 350 volunteers have helped.

The quake zone is being referred to as Ground Zero. The title of this report, “Strong Arms Around Chile” is the name of the solidarity campaign launched by The Salvation Army to help collect donations and goods that can be delivered to the neediest Chileans affected by these devastating events.

The Salvation Army is involved in the following areas:


Santiago Metropolitan Region:

  • Coffee, hot meals, and other services continue to be served.
Southern Chile:
  • On Sunday, March 7, 400 baskets with basic necessities were given out in a location called Caleta Tumbes which was affected by both the quake and tsunami. The Salvation Army is helping with the clearing of debris. Storm victims in this area are in urgent need of cleaning supplies, including bleach to disinfect. Other needs include tents, blankets, and mattresses/cots.
  • The Salvation Army is also distributing family baskets (with basic necessities such as food, water, hygiene products, and clothes) to families who are sleeping outside in the foothills since they no longer have homes.
  • In Concepcion, additional family baskets were distributed at a camp in the center of the city. In Hualpen, the Hualpencillo Corps has dug a well with volunteers that provide fresh water. They are providing water to the neighborhood and other community members, as well as it provides a source for cooking meals that are being served.
  • The Central Division of Chile has sent 20 tons of food to the cities of Concepcion and Hualpen. Part of this merchandise was purchased with the international aid that has already been received. These goods are being delivered to those who are now homeless due to the quake and tsunami.

The father of the Mayor of Peralillo, a small town in southern Chile, spoke these words: “Son, on one side you must place those who cry, on the other side you place those who want to work in the re-building of this place. You must choose where you will find yourself. Stand up firmly, because you have a town (of people) to raise up”. These words have been carried community to community due to the strength of the meaning.

The Salvation Army has been shown great appreciation form those receiving help. Many are simply happy to still be alive. Most press on the future and they dream of making it through this nightmare (what it is being called by some). The Chilean Salvation Army will continue to work and aid those in need by not only providing necessities but also spiritual comfort and fulfillment.

On the morning of February 27, approximately 3:30 AM in the morning, much of Chile woke up to a frightening, violent shaking which was caused by an 8.8 earthquake whose epicenter was 63 kilometers (39.2 miles) southeast of Cauquenes in the 8th region. The country of Chile is divided into 15 regions.

At approximately 4:30 AM on February 27, a tsunami was produced due to the earthquake that struck the coasts of Regions 7 (region of Maule – pop. 975,244) and 8 (region of Bio Bio – pop. 1,982,649). Region 5, region of Valparaiso and the Juan Fernandez archipelago were also affected all; however, it was not near as severe. Due to the earth-shattering damage caused by the quake and tsunami, these areas were declared as catastrophic zones by the President of Chile. Buildings, homes, and national monuments have been destroyed or suffered severe structural damage.

As of March 7, the official death toll was still reported a minimum of 450 persons. There are still people missing and that number has not yet been determined. The majority of persons who have lost their homes are located in the Maule and Bio Bio coastal regions. In these regions, the tsunami hit and dragged many homes away with the force of the water. Many of those who lost homes also lost their boats, which was their main source of income as fishing is a prominent source of income in Chile.

  • Red: Earthquake
  • Yellow: After shocks

The Salvation Army set up a Chile relief fund and is accepting monetary donations. Donors may contribute $10 by text messaging the word “CHILE” to 52000, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Donors can also give online here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY and through the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, and PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 with designation “Chile Earthquake.”

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SALVATION ARMY EARTHQUAKE RELIEF IN CHILE
"Brazos Fuertes Alrededor de Chile" - "Strong Arms Around Chile"

 March 8, 2010

Chile: The Salvation Army in Chile continues to adapt to the changing conditions while expanding its emergency relief response in both Central and Southern Chile. A curfew has been established from 6:00 PM until 12:00 PM the next day in the Concepción and Talcahuano area in Southern Chile and cities closest to the epicenter. The Salvation Army is working with the Chilean government and Chilean Emergency Service Ministries to support their efforts to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday, February 27. Salvation Army personnel have to have special authorization to travel during the tightly controlled curfew period. This authorization and assigning security personnel to Army staff members will allow safe travel during curfew and much needed distribution of supplies to those in need.

As the magnitude of devastation continues to escalate, Salvation Army officers, soldiers, and volunteers continue to work feverishly to provide support and comfort to those affected. In Santiago, several young Salvationist professionals are reaching out and creating databases to facilitate more efficient registration of clients by social workers. Additionally, they continue to strive to make contact with the Christian media in the Santiago metropolitan region.

On Thursday, March 4, the Christian media will be conducting a fundraising campaign in 12 locations throughout the city to collect donations. Funds raised in these locations are used to keep the media on air. On Saturday, March 6, at 4:00 AM, up to ten trucks will be utilized to deliver these donations to Concepcion and surrounding areas. The trucks are owned by the media and some are TSA EDS vehicles.

The Salvation Army Corps in Concepcion is recognized for their League of Mercy ministry. The League of Mercy of the Hualpencillo Corps has stepped up to meet the needs and challenges caused by the earthquake and tsunami and are fully engaged in emergency response activities. Major Juan Carlos Alarcón , Divisional Commander of the Chile Southern Division, has arrived in Hualpencillo from Temuco. Major Alarcón had been given moving orders recently and was to have transferred this week; however, his leaving has been postponed.

As the Chilean Salvation Army works on the transition of officers and appointments, the Chilean government is also in transition. On March 12, the new governor of the country will be inaugurated. While many believed that the central region of Chile was not affected, many buildings in Santiago are now being condemned because of damage from the earthquake. The strong aftershocks which have reached up to 6.3 on the Richter scale have impacted the infrastructure of many buildings to the point where at least two to three 18 – 25 story apartment complexes in Santiago have had to turn their residents away and evacuate a five block radius so the buildings can be imploded in the near future. Many families have been displaced, and all socioeconomic levels are being affected by this disaster.

Salvation Army facilities have been severely damaged in both Central and Southern Chile. In the Central Division alone, the assessments were completed on Wednesday and damages are estimated at over $500,000. In South Chile, it is too early to have estimates in dollar figures although it is known some structures are now uninhabitable. A Boys home, serving 35 children operates in the coastal town of Llolleo. The administration, dining and kitchen areas are heavily damaged. This is a structure that has withstood over 60 years of natural disasters. Aftershocks continue to inflict damage on the complex.

In El Faro, The Salvation Army has had to completely halt all services for fear of infrastructure collapse. This complex provided housing to college students whose hometowns are far from this community so they reside at The Salvation Army.

Lt. Colonel F. Bradford Bailey, Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army South America West explains that this has been a very deceiving earthquake. It initially did not show signs of catastrophic proportions, but seems to be breaking down the infrastructure from the inside out. Lt. Colonel Bailey also notes “this earthquake has not only caused physical damage but is has caused damage to the psyche and social conditions of Chile. It has brought out the best and the worst of Chileans. Many are very disappointed in their countrymen (i.e. looting, vandals), while others have stepped up to help and provide strength that is immeasurable.”

He went on to say that “this is where The Salvation Army has an opportunity to step up to offer a ministry of presence, and many church members are finding a chance to share their relationship with God. This combined catastrophe will continue to not only affect the pocketbooks of the Government and its citizens, but also the soul of the Chileans”.

Santiago Metropolitan region:

  • The Salvation Army is now providing an average of 3,000 meals a day. These numbers continue to grow, and three meals a day are served. Water, first aid supplies, blankets, candles and other emergency supplies are to be distributed as needed.
Southern Chile:
  • Many towns are no longer in place, totally destroyed by the tsunami. Some of these towns include TomÄ—, Dichato, Constitucion, Talca, and others.
  • Much of the south is without water, electricity and other utilities making cooking and heating almost impossible.
Concepcion:
  • Corps Officers, soldiers, and volunteers continue to provide emergency services to displaced residents.
Hualpen:
  • The Hualpencillo Corps continues to serve as a headquarters for food distribution.
  • As of Wednesday, March 3, they now have three emergency disaster crews carrying provisions to outlying areas.
  • Additional teams are being deployed from Santiago.
  • The Corps Sgt. Major in this city lost her home to the tsunami, but is camped out in a tent at the courtyard of the property to help take care of people who are less fortunate and in greater need than she is at this time.
Talca:
  • The Salvation Army has asked Chilean Emergency Disaster Ministries to open up a fourth front to provide emergency services. The Salvation Army has offered to handle emergency distribution to this community.

Communication continues to be very difficult although it is becoming a little better. Lt. Colonel Bailey expresses sincere gratitude to International Headquarters for its financial support as well as the dedication and service of our officers, soldiers, and volunteers.

Additional information will be reported as it becomes available.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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SALVATION ARMY WORKERS IN CHILE JOIN FORCES
Update

 March 5, 2010

Chile: The Salvation Army in southern Chile is combining its resources and using careful planning to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami that caused devastation to much of the country, particularly in and around the city of Concepcion.

The emergency disaster headquarters for the southern region has been established at the Salvation Army corps (church) in Hualpencillo, which is located between Concepcion and the coast. The corps has a kitchen where meals can be prepared. There are tents set up at the corps, some occupied by Salvation Army soldiers (members) from Hualpencillo whose homes were washed away by the tsunami caused by the earthquake.

An emergency disaster team arrived on Monday 1 March from Valdivia with goods and resources that could be distributed in the most affected areas. Vans and other Salvation Army emergency vehicles are delivering meals and other essentials. Local Salvationists are being supported by an emergency disaster services team of officers and soldiers from Osorno, 250 kilometers south of Hualpencillo.

More than five years ago Major Juan Gutierrez, then corps officer (Salvation Army minister) at Hualpencillo, dug a well with which to water the lawns and gardens around the Salvation Army property. He never used it but God has honoured his plans by making the well an important component of The Salvation Army's response to the earthquake.

The current corps officer, Major Abraham Marin, installed a pump on Wednesday (3 March) and, using a generator supplied by Major Roberto Moya, corps officer at Osorno, there is now a source of clean water which can be used by the people being helped by The Salvation Army in Hualpencillo.

Major Juan Carlos Alarcon, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army's Chile South Division, says: 'I spoke with Major Gutierrez by telephone to advise him that members of his family who live in the [earthquake] zone are safe. At the same time, I thanked him for drilling the well, which is now helping hundreds of families. In Hualpencillo, we are not only providing food, but fresh spring water as well.'

On Tuesday the corps officers from Concepcion and Hualpencillo, Majors Carlos and Elizabeth Aguilar and Majors Abraham and Norma Marin, met with corps members to decide the type of help they should give to people affected by the earthquake. Representatives from the regional government, army, navy and other religious and non-government organizations (NGOs) attended the meeting.

The two corps have been officially recognized and lines of communication have been established to help provide immediate assistance and support during the eventual reconstruction.

The Chilean capital, Santiago, was not affected as badly as the southern cities but the earthquake still caused damage there. In the Brazil neighborhood, 1,500-2,000 people are being served with food every day. Hot meals and substantial breakfasts are now being offered, along with supplies of water, first aid essentials, blankets and candles.

Major Nancy Alarcon, officially on sick leave while recovering from surgery, has taken charge of the many missing persons enquiries arriving at The Salvation Army's Chile South Divisional Headquarters through the Internet, by telephone, in letters and on handwritten notes. On Wednesday Nancy and her team were able to respond to Europe regarding a person who was found to be safe in a rural village. This means of assistance will continue to be expanded.

'Let's Help Hualpen' is the slogan that Captain Marcos Gutierrez, corps officer in Ancud on the island of Chiloe in southern Chile, is promoting in his area on radio and television. He has received 60 bags of merchandise, clothing, 200 liters of water, 50 boxes of milk, pasta, rice, sacks of potatoes, disposable adult diapers, crockery, blankets, bedspreads and sheets – all donated by the neighbors around the corps.

A municipal truck has been put at his disposal to take the items from Ancud to Hualpencillo, and he will be accompanied on the journey by a local radio personality and reporter from Ancud.

Major Juan Carlos Alarcon concludes: 'We are glad to report that our officers have freedom of movement during the curfews. Caravans are being coordinated to bring supplies in safely. We are part of the group of recognized agencies for the administration of assistance from the Government in the assigned zones.'

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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SALVATION ARMY ASSISTS LATEST SURVIVOR
Update

 March 4, 2010

Chile: The Salvation Army in Chile began providing emergency services immediately following the devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake on February 27, 2010. The crisis continues to unfold as many remain missing and the death toll rises. Salvation Army officers, church members, and volunteers are providing support and comfort to those affected.

The Salvation Army (TSA) is networking with other Christian evangelical groups to help ensure the needs of the people are met. Coordinated meetings with other faith-based groups have led to The Salvation Army emerging as the leader in how to respond to such a massive need. The Christian evangelical groups have agreed to provide resources and cooperate with The Salvation Army to meet needs of those affected by the earthquake and Tsunami. Items that are being provided by these partners include donations of clothing, non-perishable foods, bed linens, cots, and tents.

The Salvation Army is involved in the following:
Santiago Metropolitan region:

  • In the Brazil neighborhood, approximately 1,500 – 2,000 persons are being served daily. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, service began with basics such as bread, sandwiches and coffee. Hot meals and more substantial breakfasts are now being offered. Water, first aid supplies, blankets, candles and other emergency supplies have been provided as well.

Southern Chile:

  • As reported previously, the hardest hit areas are Concepcion (750,000 pop. and located slightly inland), Valdivia, Haulpen, and Tajquiana, a port city. The emergency disaster headquarters are being established at the Hualpencillo Corps which is located between the coast and Concepcion. Many of the tents erected at the Corps are displaced Corps Officers and Corps members whose homes have been washed away.
  • The Haulpencillo Corps has a kitchen where meals can be prepared. An emergency disaster team arrived on Monday from Valdivia with goods and resources that could be handed out to the most affected areas.
  • Beginning on Monday, March 1, vans and other TSA emergency vehicles began delivering meals to those hardest hit by the Tsunami which caused a considerable amount of loss of property and lives.
  • On Tuesday, a second emergency disaster services team is expected from the Corps located in Osorno. They are bringing a generator purchased by local funds to help provide electricity so additional services can be provided. Additionally, they are bringing in additional food to be packaged and/or cooked and sent out to survivors.
  • One of the main ingredients that will be distributed is flour. Bread is a main Chilean staple for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so the flour will be greatly appreciated.
  • There is concern about food distribution due to the unrest and looting that has been occurring. TSA is hopeful they will be provided some protection from local police.

In the next two days, a team of emergency disaster personnel from the Central Chile division will be caravanning to Southern Chile to take supplies and help in the relief efforts. The Chilean government announced on Monday that there were some routes available to the southern part of Chile. Supplies are being purchased by funding already received from International Headquarters as well as local donations. Some of the supplies that will be delivered include:

  • Milk donated by the Swiss government
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Clothing donated by Canada, USA Central, and USA Eastern territories
  • Linens including blankets and bedding
  • Tents
  • Purified water
  • Tools to assist with clearing efforts

Lt. Colonel F. Bradford Bailey, Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army South America West, states “Communication is almost non-existent with many parts to the south including the hardest hit areas near Concepcion so it is difficult to ascertain all of the needs. Also, it is important to note the sacrifice of many of the Salvation Army officers, corps members, and other volunteers. Aftershocks continue to create havoc as well as many do not even have a place to call home; however, they continue to ignore their own needs and help others.” An example is the Disaster Coordinator who is not able to live in his quarters. He has been directing the relief efforts from the territorial headquarters where he is living out of the kitchen.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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THE SALVATION ARMY EXPANDS EMERGENCY DISASTER RELIEF RESPONSE IN CHILE
Update

 March 3, 2010

Chile: The Salvation Army is expanding its emergency relief response in Concepcion to those who have suffered as a result of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated much of Chile during the early hours of Saturday morning (27 February). Government approval has been given for The Salvation Army to use an emergency service canteen (mobile feeding unit), currently in Santiago, for the provision of relief in Concepcion–one of the most damaged cities.

Three vehicles carrying provisions and Salvation Army emergency relief personnel arrived recently in Concepcion from Valdivia. They will soon be joined by other Salvation Army relief teams traveling from Puerto Montt and Osorno.

Tents housing 60 displaced families have been set up at Hualpencillo Corps (Salvation Army church) near Concepcion. The corps officers (ministers) in Concepcion, who are organizing emergency relief to the community, are also sleeping in a tent because of severe damage incurred by Salvation Army property as a result of earthquake aftershocks.

Emergency relief is also being provided by The Salvation Army in Santiago and Os Valparaiso.

The Salvation Army South America West Territorial Secretary for Business Administration Lt. Colonel Maria Alarcon reports: 'In various locations electricity, water and gas services have been cut off. Telephone communication is slowly being re-established. The lack of communication has made it very difficult to obtain information about some Salvation Army centers. However, we have been able to establish some communication through Skype for limited amounts of time.'

The colonel says that as well as the damage to Salvation Army property in Concepcion, corps properties at Angol, Quinta Normal and Lo Vial have been affected, as has the El Faro Men's Residence.

All Salvation Army officers in the central Chile area are accounted for and The Salvation Army divisional commander for south Chile confirms that all Salvation Army personnel in his area are safe.

However, more than 700 people have died in this disaster and around two million have been affected by the tragedy. Lt. Colonel Alarcon describes the effects of the earthquake as 'unimaginable'. She says the airport in Santiago has been seriously damaged and flights have been suspended. 'Also many of the hospitals suffered considerable structural damage and as a result have been evacuated.'

When the disaster struck on Saturday 27 February Salvation Army emergency services were immediately mobilized to provide support and comfort.

The earthquake epicenter was approximately 90 miles (150 kilometers) north west of the city of Concepción in southern Chile which is approximately 350 miles (600 kilometers) from the capital of Santiago. 'Nevertheless, the quake was of a 7.0 magnitude in the Santiago metropolitan region,' says the Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army South America West Territory, Lt. Colonel F. Bradford Bailey.

The area most affected by the earthquake was between the cities Os Temuco and Chillan, with Concepcion hardest hit.

The emergency services coordinator for The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) in London, Lt. Colonel Mike Caffull, reports that IHQ has already agreed to provide financial assistance for the Chilean Salvationists' relief response. He says the IHQ emergency services team will be involved in coordination of whatever practical assistance is required by The Salvation Army in Chile regarding relief efforts.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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IMMEDIATE SALVATION ARMY RESPONSE TO DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE
Update

 February 28, 2010

Chile: Following a devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile during the early hours of Saturday morning (27 February), affecting around two million people, Salvation Army emergency services were immediately mobilized to provide support and comfort.

International financial assistance is already on the way from The Salvation Army international headquarters in London.

The earthquake epicenter was approximately 90 miles (150 kilometers) north west of the city of Concepción in Southern Chile which is approximately 350 miles (approximately 600 kilometers) from the capital of Santiago, 'nevertheless, the quake was of a 7.0 magnitude in the Santiago metropolitan region', says the Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army South America West Territory, Lt. Colonel F. Bradford Bailey.

The area most affected by the earthquake was between the cities Os Temuco and Chillan, with Concepcion hardest hit, reports the South America West Territory Secretary for Business Administration Lt. Colonel Maria Alarcon. She adds, 'I have never seen such destruction here before, though I have worked in many disaster situations - they don't compare with this'. The Lt. Colonel says the immediate need is still food, water and medicine.

Lt. Colonel Alarcon also reports that tents to house 60 displaced families have been set up on the patio of the Hualpencillo Corps near Concepcion and that Salvation Army officers are traveling from Puerto Montt and Osorno, in Southern Chile, to Concepcion to join The Salvation Army emergency relief response team.

'Our officers are all fine, but a lot of Salvation Army properties are damaged especially the older ones made of adobe bricks. The worst damage in Santiago has occurred at Quinta Normal and Lo Vial Corps, and El Faro Men's Residence,' adds the Lt. Colonel Alarcon.

Territorial Commander for the South American West Territory, Commissioner Jorge A. Ferreira (currently in Ecuador) reports that The Salvation Army is also carrying out emergency relief work in the city of Os Valparaiso on the west coast of Chile. The Commissioner adds that it had been planned to dedicate a recently arrived mobile Salvation Army emergency services canteen (a donation from USA Southern Territory) on 4 March, 'however, this is now already being used to serve those in need'.

In the early hours following the earthquake Lt. Colonel Bailey said that the immediate Salvation Army response included providing food, water, first aid kits, emergency packets, blankets, candles and other urgently required supplies.

He added that people had flocked to the streets 'as numerous aftershocks continue to pummel' the country, severely affecting older buildings in the more historical areas of the larger cities.

Water, gas and electricity were immediately cut off in areas affected by the earthquake and will stay disconnected until relevant emergency crews can assess the damage and prioritize immediate needs.

Lt. Colonel Bailey said that it has been extremely difficult to communicate with Salvation Army centers throughout the country as all phone lines (mobile and land) have been disrupted. 'Some computer based communication, especially Skype, has been providing an alternative way for those in other countries to communicate with people in Chile.'

The emergency services coordinator for The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) in London, Lt. Colonel Mike Caffull, reports that IHQ has already agreed to provide financial assistance for the Chilean Salvationists relief response. He says assistance coordinated by the IHQ emergency team will also be provided regarding ongoing relief in the medium and long term.

Please pray for the people of Chile.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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IMMEDIATE SALVATION ARMY RESPONSE TO DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE

 February 27, 2010

Chile: Following a devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile during the early hours of Saturday morning (27 February) Salvation Army emergency services were immediately mobilized to provide support and comfort and international financial assistance is already on the way.

Lt. Colonel Mike Caffull, the emergency services coordinator for The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) in London reports that IHQ has already agreed to provide financial assistance for the Chilean Salvationists initial relief response. He said assistance coordinated by the IHQ emergency team will also be provided regarding ongoing relief in the medium and long term.

Chief Secretary for The Salvation Army in South America West, Lt. Colonel F. Bradford Bailey says that the immediate response is to provide food, water, first aid kits, emergency packets, blankets, candles and other urgently required supplies. A recently arrived mobile canteen (a donation from the USA Southern Territory) is one of the key relief vehicles.

The earthquake epicenter was approximately 90 miles (150 kilometers) north-west of the city of Concepción in Southern Chile. Lt. Colonel Bailey says that this is approximately 350 miles (600 kilometers) from the capital of Santiago, 'nevertheless, the quake was of a 7.0 magnitude in the Santiago metropolitan region'. He adds that people have flocked to the streets 'as numerous aftershocks continue to pummel' the country, severely affecting older buildings in the more historical areas of the larger cities.

Water, gas and electricity has been cut off in affected areas and will stay disconnected until relevant emergency crews can assess the damage and prioritize immediate needs.

The colonel says that in these early hours after the quake it has been extremely difficult to communicate with Salvation Army centers throughout the country as all phone lines (mobile and land) have been disrupted. 'However, preliminary reports are reassuring in terms of Salvation Army personnel.' He is reported to have said.

At the time of writing this news release the colonel was not able to provide information regarding Salvation Army property.

The Salvation Army has been active in the country of Chile since October 1909. Please pray for the people of Chile.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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SALVATION ARMY RESPONDING TO TSUNAMI THREAT IN HAWAII

 February 27, 2010

Alexandria, Virginia: National Headquarters has advised that all corps and program units in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands are currently in a stand by and preparation mode awaiting the threatened Tsunami as a result of this morning’s devastating earthquake that hit the country of Chile.

Corps estimated to be in the Tsunami Evacuation Zones evacuated all personnel to higher ground. Today, several corps opened their facilities to corps families that are evacuating from beach areas. The Kahului Corps has opened as a shelter for homeless individuals who have been living on beaches. The Lihue corps has also opened its doors as a location for homeless individuals evacuated by local government authorities.

Current predictions say that the first wave will hit the Hawaiian Islands shortly after 11:00 a.m. (HST) According to historical and scientific data predictions are that Hilo will be hit the hardest. Salvation Army personnel at the Hilo Corps are being evacuated to higher ground as the thrift store and the corps building is in the Tsunami Evacuation Zone.

The following is the latest update from the Pacific Tsunami Warning center:

A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE ALONG COASTLINES OF ALL ISLANDS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. URGENT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY.

A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.

TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD.

THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS 1105 AM HST SAT 27 FEB 2010

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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EMERGENCY DISASTER SERVICES BULLETIN
8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile

 February 27, 2010

Chile: Our thoughts and prayers must be with the people of Chile and especially Chile's own Salvation Army officers, Soldiers, employees who are responding to the devastating earthquake. The Salvation Army has been working in Chile since 1909. The following bulletin will be followed with updates as information of the Army's response is received. Below this is a link to video footage posted on YouTube. This is a clip from the video, "A Life Saving Army" and features the work of The Salvation Army in Chile, The original program also featured Salvation Army programs in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

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The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via online donations here, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, via postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728, and now by texting the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account.

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