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April 26th:

Since the earthquake on January 12th, The Salvation Army has provided:

8,505,890 meals
18,784 bottles of cooknig oil
7,680 baby food bottles
2,314 tents
5,100 tarps/plastic sheeting
4,683 hygeine kits
2,606 water jugs
184 eye glasses
932 duffle bags
208 coolers
30 mattresses/sleeping mats
3,024 water containers
7,024 buckets
12 cots
2,000 tote bags
54 boxes of medical gloves
163 boxes of medical supplies
34 boxes of medical drapes
25 wheelbarrows
25 sledge hammers
25 pairs of goggles
300 pairs of gloves
8 cleaning kits
1,912 gallons of water
100 flash lights

And, in addition, have served 26,195 patients at a clinic.

March 29th:
Four Million Meals Distributed by The Salvation Army in Haiti

More than 10 weeks after the January 12 earthquake that brought devastation to Haiti, the number of meals distributed by The Salvation Army has now passed four million.

Most of the meals have been given out in Port-au-Prince, where The Salvation Army has responsibility for 20,000 people living in temporary shelters. But throughout Haiti, food items continue to be distributed to small towns, churches, schools and in other locations.

The Salvation Army has served in Haiti since 1950 and had 200 officers and staff there before the earthquake. Because many relationships were already established, the Army has been able to organize the distribution of food, non-food items and medical care on a large scale, as well as offering spiritual support.

The Salvation Army is working with an organization called Numana to provide its packaged meals, which consist of rice, soy, freeze-dried vegetables with chicken flavoring and vitamins to help the immune system. Each packet given out contains a meal for five people.

There are still 7,374,220 Numana meals in the pipeline, some already in Haiti ready for distribution and the rest waiting to be delivered. Meals are being packaged by volunteers at mass events throughout the USA. Over one weekend in Bell, California, volunteers packaged 1,022,736 meals. Rice and beans are also being shipped as they are a staple food for Haitians.

February 20th:
To date, international Salvation Army emergency response teams, along with the nearly 700 personnel permanently stationed in Haiti, have provided more than 2.8 million meals, 500,000 gallons of water, 2,900 tents and 1,500 personal hygiene kits. In addition, more than 18,000 people have received needed care from Salvation Army medical teams.

Since the earthquake, The Salvation Army has worked with shipping companies FedEx, UPS and DHL for logistical support - delivering 821,500 pounds of emergency relief supplies, including more than 2 million meals provided by international hunger relief organization Numana, Inc., for an estimated 20,000 earthquake survivors living near the Army's compound in Port-au-Prince.

Through the use of FedEx's Custom Critical System, which offers 24/7 delivery service throughout the United States and internationally, food was delivered to a Salvation Army staging area in Miami from any city in the country. Food was delivered by FedEx in less than 36 hours, due to the company's use of two drivers in one truck driving nonstop.

From Miami, UPS flew supplies for Salvation Army relief teams to Port-au-Prince or, in some cases, to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Supplies were then delivered by truck from Santo Domingo into the affected city of Port-au-Prince.

Following the delivery of supplies in Port-au-Prince, DHL provided storage space for Salvation Army supplies at the Port-au-Prince airport. DHL also allowed The Salvation Army to use much needed fuel for delivery vehicles.

"It's impossible to over-state the value these companies have supplied to The Salvation Army, allowing the people of Haiti to receive life-saving food and supplies," said Lt. Col. Starrett. "Without the assistance of Fed Ex, UPS and DHL, we would not be where we are now in the process of developing long-term recovery plans for Haiti."

The Salvation Army has been coordinating services with other relief organizations as the lead agency for the United Nations in the community surrounding its main compound in the Saint Martin neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. A tent city in a soccer stadium near the compound has become the temporary home for nearly 20,000 individuals. At the compound, the Army has registered families so that appropriate aid supplies can be ordered and distributed, established a water purification system which provides 30,000 gallons of water daily, and re-opened an elementary school for 100 children aged three to six years.

Recognizing safety concerns at the camps, Salvation Army food rations are printed with a warning, written in both English and Creole, against human trafficking. Recipients are instructed to beware of people who are offering jobs in foreign countries and those who are offering money, food, shelter, or drugs in exchange for sex.  Additionally, as a deterrent to gender based violence, the Army's stadium generator has been repaired in order for it to be operational during key times of the evening. A security team, equipped with flashlights and high visibility vests, conducts day and night patrols. 

"We have been extremely fortunate that no known acts of violence have occurred at our camp in Port-au-Prince," added Lt. Col. Starrett. "But, we are committed to ensuring that safety and order is maintained as we continue to meet needs."

The Salvation Army has also established service sites in Petit Goave and Jacmel and distribution sites in Croix-des-Bouquets (6 miles east of Port-au-Prince) and Balan (18 miles east of Port-au-Prince). Its medical clinic continues to treat more than 250 people a day on-site, with several transfers daily to the hospital.  

February 19th:
Salvation Army personnel provided initial triage to the latest survivor of the Haitian earthquake.  Evan Ocinia, a 28 year old man, was brought to The Army's clinic in the Delmas 2 neighborhood of Port-au-Prince after being miraculously pulled from the rubble in the Lionshead marketplace on the morning of February 8th.  Two men digging thorough the rubble heard Evans calling out to them.  They pulled him out and took him to The Army's clinic.

"Evan was extremely dehydrated and had skin wounds but he didn't appear to have any critical wounds or broken bones," according to Major Evelyn Chavez, Emotional and Spiritual Care Officer.  "He was able to hold his head up on his own and take some small sips of water from the doctor who accompanied the transport."

Salvation Army personnel transported Evan to the University of Miami Hospital, which is located adjacent to the airport in Port au Prince.

The Salvation Army has assumed responsibility for the care of nearly 20,000 people living in the temporary camp near its compound in Port-au-Prince.  In addition, service sites are located in Petit Goave and Jacmel and distribution sites are in Croix-des-Bouquets (6 mi east of PAP) and Balan (18 mi east of PAP). Its medical clinic continues to treat more than 250 people a day on-site, with several transfers daily to the hospital.  

February 15th:
The United Nations names The Salvation Army the "lead agency" responsible for the well-being of the Haiti earthquake survivors and to serve that community and have a prominent voice to communicate their needs of food, water, shelter and security.

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February 13th:
In the first month of this disaster, The Salvation Army has delivered 558,000 pounds of relief supplies for the suffering people of Haiti.

"The logistical precision of this operation is amazing," remarked Major George Polarek, Assistant Director of The Salvation Army's World Services Office.  "From point of origin to point of delivery, we have depended on the generous support and expertise of these transportation giants."  To date, among other items, 2.6 million meals, nearly 3,000 tents, and 8,710 pounds of medical supplies were delivered to Haiti.

"Fed Ex filled a critical logistical gap in our delivery of goods to our launching point in Miami," according to Bob Myers, Logistics Chief for the Haiti Incident Command Team. 

"We could not get food to Miami fast enough.  It was taking 3 days, which was unacceptable in light of the circumstances.  Through Fed Ex's generous donation of their Custom Critical system, food was delivered to Miami, from anywhere in the country, in less than 36 hours."  The expediency of this delivery is due to the use of two drivers in one truck driving nonstop. 

Myers added, "Without the use of Fed Ex's Custom Critical, we would not have been able to ship over one million meals to Haiti within the first ten days.  Their generosity directly saved lives."

From Miami, UPS flew relief supplies into Port-au-Prince.  When they could not fly into Port-au-Prince, they flew into Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, then trucked the supplies over the mountains for distribution in Haiti.  UPS' ensured that The Army was able to keep much needed supplies moving into Haiti.

DHL provided valuable storage space at the Port-au-Prince Airport.  In addition, when there was no fuel available for sale, DHL provided free fuel for The Army's delivery vehicles.  Without this support, relief supplies would not have gotten to the devastated areas.

Polarek explained, "We are keenly aware that our relief efforts are only possible through partners such as Fed Ex, UPS, and DHL.  They enable us to be the hands of Christ to suffering people."

The Salvation Army has assumed responsibility for the care of nearly 20,000 people living in the temporary camp near its compound in Port-au-Prince. 

In addition, service sites are located in Petit Goave and Jacmel and distribution sites are in Croix-des-Bouquets (6 mi east of PAP) and Balan (18 mi east of PAP). Its medical clinic continues to treat more than 250 people a day on-site, with several transfers daily to the hospital.  

February 6th - Stats Update:

8 x 8 tents                                2,900 tents delivered
Cots                                            480 cots delivered

Patients served                               16,110 individuals
MASH tents                                                   1 tent
Medical supplies                            8,710 lbs. delivered
Hygiene kits                                 1,500 kits delivered

Misc. Items:
Rubbermaid coolers                     480 coolers delivered
Duffle bags                           310 duffel bags delivered
Canvas tote bags                      10,000 bags delivered

Cargo flights                                              10 flights
Cargo items                                           556,000 lbs.

February 6th:
The Salvation Army continues to be a beacon of hope for individuals and families whose lives were devastated by the earthquake. 

While the Haiti Relief Team maintains support and provides assistance for 20,000 individuals in an area adjacent to their compound in Port-au-Prince, they have reached out to other areas of the country - diligently meeting needs at the point of need at the time of need. 

There has been a steady, marked improvement in the overall situation in the four weeks since the earthquake. Our own operation has been refined with improved local logistics, communication and accommodations. In addition, better coordination of air traffic means transportation for freight is improved, as well. 

Relief ministries include the following:

The Salvation Army Relief Team has established service compounds in three communities - Port-au-Prince, Petit Goave (Satellite), and Jacmel (Satellite).  In addition, services are provided to the communities of Croix-des-Bouquets (6 mi east of PAP) and Balan (18 mi east of PAP).

After being alerted by personnel from the Canadian Military, The Army's Jacmel Assessment Team investigated Decouze, which is a rural site between Port-au-Prince and Jacmel.  The team discovered 500 families who had been completely without outside help since the earthquake.  The community was clearly in shock but grateful that, finally, "someone from a foreign land had noticed their plight."  A determination of future service will be made in the coming days.

The Salvation Army is being recognized internationally as an expert in effectively and efficiently handling this crisis.  WORLD Magazine published an article on February 2nd highlighting this phenomenon. 

Excerpts include the following:

"The UN estimates that as many as 1 million people are homeless, and UN emergency coordinator John Holmes acknowledged that aid delivery remains painfully slow.  But in other parts of town, private aid groups are quietly getting work done...[The Army distributed] an estimated 552,000 meals [in] less than four hours...While the UN grapples with the maddening conditions of delivering aid in Haiti, groups like The Salvation Army are proving a point: Some of the best aid is coming from the groups with long standing connections on the ground...Despite the damage, within days Salvation Army staffers formed a plan to be the lead group providing care for a crowd nearing 20,000 people near their compound.  At a UN meeting last Monday, The Salvation Army was one of just five non-governmental organizations with a concrete plan for managing a camp."

In order to increase efficiency, a UPS Trackpad Project is being developed.  The Trackpads, provided by UPS, are laptop/handheld scanner/laminated ID cards with barcodes, which will monitor which families receive food at the Point-au-Prince distribution point.  This project is expected to begin within the coming weeks.

The Salvation Army distributed food, blankets, kitchen sets, plastic sheeting, and hygiene kits to 600 families from the Jacmel compound.

In collaboration with World Concern, The Salvation Army distributed hygiene kits at the Port-au-Prince distribution point.

February 2nd:
At 2:00 pm local time yesterday, the convoy of trucks arrived.  Escorted by four vehicles carrying approximately 40 members of the US 82nd Airborne Division, The Salvation Army quickly took command of the access road which bisects its properties in the Delmas 2 district in Port-Au-Prince.  

Within minutes of their arrival, the container trucks were in place, the Salvation Army and military personnel had taken their places, the doors were opened and food began to move.  

For the dozens of staff and volunteers on-site for this 4th food distribution, this was about service.   For the thousands of displaced people gathered on that dusty road this afternoon, this was about continued survival.

As smoke billowed from the ravine of smoldering rubbish which runs along the narrow road, family members followed in turn to present their food ration card for a stamp.   As the line inched forward, each bearer of a card received food. 

The packages (containing rice, beans, and vegetables) provide a family of 5 with a week's worth of nutrition.   An estimated 552,000 meals were distributed this afternoon in less than four hours.

Hunger and fatigue are evident on the faces of those going through the line.  Life in the camp surrounding the Salvation Army property is not easy.  Sanitation remains an ongoing concern and the emergency response continues to unfold day by day. 

It would be easy to think that there are no signs of hope amidst the rubble of the neighborhood.    And yet today there were small gestures which made the difference.  A group of three young volunteers, doing their best to keep the distribution line moving quickly, spotted an elderly woman who appeared to be a bit unsure of the process.  They paused long enough to help her close the box and lift her food to her head to carry it to the camp.  It took only 10 seconds, but it mattered.  In the midst of chaos and despair, there is still a place for respect. 

January 30th:
While the situation in Haiti continues to be very serious, The Salvation Army Relief Team is providing massive amounts of food, water and other relief materials to the people in Haiti. 

The team in Haiti received a shipment of 18 pallets of food, representing 213,840 meals along with 4 pallets (over 5,100 individual bottles) of water on Saturday.

A subsequent delivery of 35 pallets of food (415,800 meals) was in route with a scheduled Sunday arrival time in Port-au-Prince.  These meals were accompanied by 8 pallets of water which provided over 1300 gallon jugs of water for distribution.

Team members were coordinating with the US Army 82nd Airborne to arrange a food delivery of over 174,000 meals to a particularly hard hit neighborhood in Port-au-Prince which had not received any major food distributions before now.

Meetings were held and partnerships continued to be forged as The Salvation Army convened meetings in its role as Camp Managers for the approximately 20,000 displaced people now finding whatever shelter they can in the Delmas 2 neighborhood. 

Critically important issues being addressed is water and sanitation, the provision of medium-term shelter, various NFI's (non-food items) including kitchen and cooking kits, etc., and, of course, regular and reliable deliveries of food.  On-going medical services and the timely restoration of education programs for displaced children are also priorities.

This weekend was also a transition time for the team as some members transitioned out of Haiti and new team members began arriving.  International emergency personnel continue to provide support and assistance for our Haitian Salvation Army Officers and staff who have been working heroically and self-sacrificially ever since the earthquake.

Medical services continued seamlessly this weekend despite the arrival of a new team of doctors, nurses, and support staff to replace outgoing medical personnel.

Massive community packaging events are being conducted (with more in the planning stage) in communities around the USA.  This continues to be a critical link in the supply chain that has allowed The Salvation Army to deliver well over 1.3 million meals already and will ensure that these life-saving deliveries continue until local systems can be restored.

Early estimates are that The Salvation Army will be required to supply over 1 million meals per week for at least the next six weeks in order to sustain displaced families until regular and sustainable UN deliveries of food can be put into place. 

January 28th:
While continuing to develop the work providing support and assistance to the thousands of displaced families sheltering adjacent to our compound in Port-au-Prince, the Haiti Relief Team in the field continues to reach out and extend help and hope to even more people in Haiti:

The Salvation Army Relief Team, supported by the US Army 82nd Airborne, accomplished the delivery of over 174,000 meals to the coastal community of Petit Goave.  To our knowledge, this was the very first major delivery of food to earthquake survivors in this affected area.

Assessment visits are being organized to Leogane and Jacmel to investigate the level of need and the logistics of extending relief operations to these communities.

An assessment team visit to the Le Bon Samaritan orphanage in Port-au-Prince resulted in a delivery of twenty tents and seven cases of food.  A commitment to continue weekly deliveries of food to the 130 children there was made.  Other orphanages in the area are also receiving visits to assess their needs.

In spite of receiving significant damage to the building, the ‘College Verena' school located in the Salvation Army compound has developed a daily feeding program that serves 600 children per day.

Work continues with partner agencies to provide a package of comprehensive services and resources to the families sheltering in the soccer field an plaza adjacent to The Salvation Army's PaP compound.

Classes continued for 100 preschoolers.

Medical treatment continued to be provided to earthquake survivors with an average of well over 200 people being treated each day.

January 27th:
Salvation Army relief team members in Port-au-Prince accepted a shipment of 18 pallets of food and four pallets of bottled water sent over from the logistics team in Miami.  These pallets of food represent over 213,000 meals.

Food sufficient for 11,000 meals was given to support a group of Haitian technicians who are working to restore the communication system in Haiti.  Lack of good communication remains one of the significant challenges that continue to hamper the effective coordination of relief efforts.

Over 100 preschoolers attended classes again today. 

Approximately 250 patients received medical attention from doctors at The Salvation Army compound.

Arrangements to facilitate a food and water distribution in Petit Goave were finalized in preparation for what is believed to be the first major delivery of relief aid that will reach earthquake survivors in this coastal community.

Salvation Army personnel continued to network with other agencies to coordinate essential services for the thousands of families we are standing alongside of in Port-au-Prince. 

Team members in Haiti continue to be supported by logistics managers and many hundreds of volunteers as food and other critically needed supplies are purchased, repackaged, and then shipped to the warehousing facility in Miami to be readied for final shipment to Haiti and ultimately distributed to families who have been displaced and rendered homeless by the earthquake. 

This is truly a massive effort that must be managed throughout the entire process in order to ensure that an uninterrupted supply of relief goods are available to the people of Haiti while the country's infrastructure is rebuilt and normal supply chains are reestablished.

January 25th:
Another airplane with an additional 52,000 pounds of relief supplies left Miami and touched down at the airport at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This brings the total weight of supplies being delivered to Haiti to 132,000 pounds - consisting of 350,000 meals, 18,480 gallons of water, 260 tents as well as tarps, baby items and assorted medical supplies.

Classes resumed today for 100 preschoolers in makeshift classrooms among the earthquake survivors. This represents a huge step in starting to return some semblance of normalcy to the lives of children who have suffered great trauma. Twelve soccer balls were quickly ‘snapped up' by local children.

Team members, aided by the US Army's 82nd Airborne, distributed over 231,000 meals to displaced families located around the Army's Compound in Port-au-Prince. 

In sharp contrast to stories of angry and unruly crowds, our team has reported that there was spontaneous applause from the people at the end of our distribution.

In addition to the over quarter million meals distributed, team members also provided over 1,600 gallon jugs of water and 12,000 individual bottles of water.

Medical treatment continued today with over 300 people receiving various forms of treatment.  Illnesses and injuries being presented at the clinic seem to be getting ‘less traumatic' than those seen in recent days.

January 24th:
Salvation Army Establishing Earthquake Relief Operation in Petit Goave, Haiti 

The coastal community of Petit Goave (Little Gulf) on the north coast of the Haiti peninsular will be the next community to benefit from Salvation Army Earthquake relief efforts.

Major Emmanuel Michaud and Captain Serge Lainne, Haitian born Salvation Army Officers serving in Chicago. Il and Miami. FL respectively did an assessment yesterday to determine the post Earthquake circumstances of this community where a Salvation Army Corps and School is presently located.

In describing what he saw in Petit Goave Major Michaud said, "Getting there will be ragged and rugged because the roads are badly damaged but with caution, care and God's help we can transport volunteers, materials and hope to these people."

Captain Lainne noted that the Corps and School facilities appeared to have minor damage but fully usable.

The Mayor, when visited by these two officers, expressed appreciation for and pledged full cooperation the efforts of the Army's efforts, in partnership with The United Nations. This city of 200,000 is estimated to have lost 1,500 and had another 3,000 persons injured in the Quake.

Within a six mile radius there are approximately 6,000 living in temporary housing such as tents and "make-shift" shelters.

Beginning tomorrow, January 25, 2010 the two officers who did the initial assessment will be assigned as the Advance Coordination Team for the Petit Goave effort.

Major Cedric Hills, The Army's International Emergency Services Program Command Officer for the entire Haiti effort expressed great glee for this very important "next step" as the Army's response team expands its efforts to assist Major Lecien Lamartiuere, Haiti Divisional Commander, as he leads his officers, soldiers, staff and volunteers in this entire recovery effort.

Major Lamartiuere first encountered The Salvation Army in 1982 when a friend invited hi to attend a Corps meeting in Port au Prince. He, as a Baptist, was so blessed, inspired and moved by the spirit of Salvationists in worship that when he went home to Petit Goave, he started a corps. Of course, as a non-Salvationist the work was not given official  Corps status until eight years later when the , now Major and Divisional Commander, sent himself to the Army's Training College in Kingston, Jamaica. Because his successor was a Salvation Army Officer, the work in Petit Goave was officially recognized. Major Lamartiuere said, "I understand the official and non official dates but, in my heart, the Corps opened in 1982."

He added how happy he is that the relief effort will start in Petit Goave.

January 23rd:
Soccer Stadium Becomes Home to Many 

In the shadow of The Salvation Army complex in the Saint Martine region of Port Au Prince , Haiti there stands-actually once stood a 10,000 person arena designed for soccer and music concerts.

The earthquake that severely damaged much of the Capital city destroyed all but the first three rows of spectator seats. The upper seats collapsed outward and left the arena field and the remaining seats in-tact. Quickly the whole area became a new residential area with tents, temporary walls of cardboard and plastic sheeting became home to, perhaps, 10,000 people.

In February 1950 The Salvation Army launched operations in this neighborhood.

Since that day the folks of St Martine have been neighbors and many have become members of The Salvation Army Corps (church).

Now these folks are looking to the Army for water and food and medical care. A network collaborative with several other agencies who have responded to the emergency is providing basic survival supplies to these neighbors as plans are coordinated with government officials about the long term. Medical services of the highest quality are being provided in a clinic that already was fully functional before the earthquake.

Now the clinic functions also as a hospital with volunteer doctors performing basic medical care, emergency treatment and even some surgical procedures.

Prior to the earthquake there was a school, a children's home, a Corps and Divisional Headquarters (administrative offices) on this site. Many of the buildings were completely destroyed in the quake and others are so badly damaged they cannot be used.

As we walked through the "village" with Bob Poff who works at The Salvation Army scores of men, women and children stopped and many embrace him in a show of gratitude  for the Army's ministry and for Bob's personal ministry before and now after the Earthquake.

Additional Information...

Another 295 families were given medical treatment.

Registration has begun of the estimated 10,000 people who have taken shelter in makeshift tents, etc. in a soccer field adjacent to the Army's compound in Port-au-Prince. This registration is important as UN deliveries of food rations will eventually tied to numbers of registered people in any given district.

Food and water from the Army's first major shipment of relief supplies was delivered to Port-au- Prince after having been brought over land by UPS trucks from Santo Domingo. Team member Craig Arnold was instrumental in coordinating the logistics of this delivery with our partners at UPS. 

Team members continue to attend UN ‘Cluster Meetings' in order to coordinate our relief activities with other major organizations and ensure the most efficient use of resources and most efficient allocation of precious relief materials and services.  Food and Water will be distributed as soon as logistics for an orderly distribution are arranged and coordinated with the support of the UN. 

Today, the UN Shelter Cluster designated TSA as the ‘lead agency' for the soccer stadium and another ‘plaza', both adjacent to the Army's compound.  This designation gives The Salvation Army official responsibility to care for over 20,000 people who have been made homeless by the earthquake.

January 22nd:
Salvation Army's First Shipment of Emergency Supplies en route to Haiti                                  

‘Wheels are up' on The Salvation Army's first "major" shipment of emergency supplies into Haiti following the devastating earthquake that has caused untold grief and suffering in the small island nation.  

Donors, volunteers, and the generosity of the American people have all contributed to this first major shipment of Salvation Army relief materials to Haiti. More shipments are being scheduled to follow shortly. 

Details of this first shipment: 

Flight has originated from The Salvation Army warehouse in Miami where relief supplies are being staged. 

Flight is being facilitated through United Parcel Service who are flying the shipment into Santa Domingo, DR, and will then truck the goods to Port-au-Prince in Haiti to be distributed by Salvation Army Relief Teams.

Shipment consists of  80,000 pounds of emergency food and water, including 20 pallets of food that will provide over 91,000 meals.  The remainder of the shipment consists of water - packaged in ½ litre bottles and gallon jugs.

January 22nd:
Haiti Aid - By the Numbers

Here's a breakdown of important numbers highlighting the hard work of our personnel on-the-ground in the Port-au-Prince area:

  • 260 + - The number of people provided medical treatment each day by Salvation Army medical teams.
  • 802 - The total number of patients who have received treatment by medical professionals at The Salvation Army compound as of Thursday, Jan 21.
  • 10,000 - The capacity in liters of a water bladder installed near The Salvation Army Port-au-Prince compound, along with a water purification filtering system to provide clean water to distressed Haitians.
  • 10,000 - The amount of MRE's (Meals Ready-to-Eat) distributed by the Salvation Army on Thursday with the help of UN security personnel. MRE's were provided by the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP).
  • 4,000 - The number of pairs of light-weight shoes provided to disaster victims on Thursday.
  • 42 - The total amount of international emergency disaster responders deployed to Haiti by The Salvation Army.
  • 14 - The number of medical professionals assisting Salvation Army personnel.
  • 75+ - The number of Haitians who have decided to commit their lives to Christ and are being encouraged through The Salvation Army's spiritual counseling and church-related activities.
  • 700 - The amount of Salvation Army officers and staff permanently stationed in Haiti who are responding to the needs of people there.
  • 60 - Years The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti operating schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities through community centers across the country.


January 21st:
Since response began, The Salvation Army has distributed more than 14,000 meal kits to families in Port Au Prince.

More than 600 people have been given medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.

The Salvation Army has established a supply line from south Florida to Port au Prince to deliver aid and supplies to its disaster response teams, including more than 2 million meals within the next week to two weeks.

January 20th:
The Salvation Army is in the midst of its largest International relief effort since the Tsunami in 2005.

More than 700 officers and staff permanently stationed in Haiti are responding to the needs of the people there.

All Salvation Army personnel on-the-ground are accounted for following a 6.1 magnitude aftershock earthquake that impacted near Port Au Prince Wednesday morning.

Dozens of Salvation Army disaster response workers and medical teams from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been sent to Haiti and are administering aid.

The Salvation Army has established a supply line from south Florida to Port au Prince to deliver aid and supplies to its disaster response teams, including more than 2-million meals by next week.

Assessment teams have been in the country since Friday, January 15, planning a long-term response to help people rebuild their homes and lives.

The Salvation Army is working with the Haiti government, the U.S. military, FEMA, the United Nations, other NGOs and its corporate partners to implement a broad response to the tragedy.

Since Monday, The Salvation Army has distributed 14,000 meal kits to families in Port Au Prince.

The provisions are enough to supply a family with five days of food.

Workers on-the-ground have observed that food is such a desperate need that many people with even severe wounds will line up to receive food BEFORE seeking medical treatment because they feel that the lack of food is the greater threat to their immediate survival.

At the main Salvation Army compound in Port Au Prince, a 10,000-gallon water purification system is operational and serving survivors.

More than 400 people have been given medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.

Dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical specialists from United States, Canada, the U.K. and other countries are treating hundreds of people per day in Port Au Prince and elsewhere.

Specifically, doctors and nurses have been working at an orphanage to administer formula and oral electrolytes to infants who have had little help since the earthquake struck.

In the U.S., The Salvation Army has organized a base of operations in south Florida and is moving supplies and personnel regularly, within the constraints or changing air traffic restrictions at the airport in Port Au Prince.

A cargo plane containing medical and other supplies is scheduled to arrive in Port Au Prince today.

Massive shipments of water, food, sheltering and other emergency supplies being secured, organized, and staged for shipment to Haiti and distribution through four existing Aid Centers.

January 19th:
Salvation Army Provides Food for 7,000 Haitians, Medical Care to Hundreds - Richmond Area Commander, Captain David Worthy, in Haiti to Assist with Relief Efforts

Nearly 7,000 people were given a five-day supply of food Monday by The Salvation Army in Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of others, including infants at an orphanage, received medical care from Salvation Army doctors who are responding to the earthquake. 

"Thousands of people are living in a makeshift shanty city right next to a Salvation Army compound in Port-au-Prince," said Captain David Worthy, The Salvation Army's Richmond Area Commander. 

Captain Worthy, who arrived in Haiti on Friday, January 15th, has been in contact with Richmond Area Command staff via text messaging, Facebook and email. 

"Amidst tragedy, there remains hope," added Worthy.

In the U.S., more personnel and supplies are being sent to the country to join the 700 Salvation Army workers who are permanently stationed in Haiti. 

Additionally, in Port-au-Prince, a 14-person Salvation Army medical team provided care to nearly 200 people Monday, suturing wounds and treating broken bones. Two doctors and a nurse administered formula and oral electrolyte solution to dozens of orphans left with little help since the earthquake six days ago devastated the country and left their orphanage in shambles. At the orphanage, volunteers affiliated with the Mennonites repaired the water system. 

"Our teams heard there was a need at the orphanage and we responded," said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary, based in Alexandria, VA. 

"This is but one of many, many situations where medical needs were in short supply, and we were able to respond in time, to help."  

The medical teams, according to Maj. Hood, have already run into problems with a lack of diesel fuel to operate generators for lighting, forcing them to stop working at dusk. 

In addition, The Salvation Army is working to send an anesthesiologist to support medical procedures. 

The medical teams, as well as other specially trained volunteers, officers and staff from across the country and Canada, are being flown via donated corporate jet aircraft from airports in South Florida as flights are available. 

The Salvation Army's supply line of critical resources is being funneled through South Florida via cargo aircraft. 

Currently, FedEx is helping The Salvation Army move more than one million pre-packaged meals from Kansas and Iowa, and tents and flashlights from the Coleman Co., are being sent along with other donations and purchased goods.  

January 18th:
Salvation Army relief teams are now on the ground in Haiti, distributing limited supplies in Port Au Prince and planning the organization's long-term response.

A Salvation Army disaster canteen (mobile kitchen) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is currently operational, serving tuna, rice, beans, water and coffee at a medical site in Port Au Prince.

Several planes are shuttling personnel and cargo from the continental United States to the disaster zone and supplies are being distributed now on a limited basis. These flights will continue in the coming days with medical teams and others moving in country.

At The Salvation Army's main compound at Delmas 2 in Port Au Prince, outreach and ministry continues.

There remains a critical need locally for basic survival supplies including water, food, medical supplies and shelter.

"People who have nothing now have less," Lt. Colonel Dan Starrett, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office, said.

"This is a difficult time, but the Haitian people are a people of hope."

Even before donations are processed, The Salvation Army is committing and spending money on relief efforts in Haiti and donations are critical to help ensure that the long-term needs of the Haitian people are met.

January 17th:
The Fort Lauderdale Command continues to receive incoming Salvation Army personnel (including an IHQ EDS delegation) and will continue to arrange air transport into Haiti via private air-craft.  The corps has done a remarkable job in fulfilling these responsibility and ensuring that key personnel are able to deploy to the island.  

Flights, in small private aircraft, will continue through the weekend as personnel are deployed to Port au Prince.

The New Orleans Area Command has facilitated a contact with the NOLA Naval Air Station. 

The Command is working with NHQ/SAWSO and the base to try to secure military aircraft to transport badly needed supplies (food and water) into the island.

January 16th:
Assessment team is on the ground in Haiti.

The Salvation Army assessment team is on the ground in Haiti, distributing limited supplies in Port Au Prince and planning the organization's local response.

The team arrived via private plane in Cape Haitient and drove eight hours to Port Au Prince, arriving on Friday morning.

Two additional planes carried personnel and cargo to the disaster zone and supplies are being distributed now on a limited basis.

The planes will return to Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday to restock and dliver more personnel and supplies as soon as possible.

There is still a critical need locally for basic survival supplies, including food, water and shelter.

January 15th:
In the United States, hundreds of volunteers will be working through the weekend to prepare and package one million ready to eat meals.

The event will take place from Noon to 10 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the El Dorado, Kansas to support Salvation Army relief efforts in Haiti.

The meals, which consist of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables and vitamins and can be cooked in boiling water - come courtesy of Numana, Inc. 

The million meals will total more than 150,000 pounds once boxed. An additional 285,000 meals, also prepared by Numana, Inc., are currently awaiting shipment from Des Moines, Iowa.

No time table has been set for the delivery of the meals, but The Salvation Army is currently coordinating with other agencies to get these supplies where they are needed.

As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army's intiail focus will be to assess the immediate needs of the people affected by the earthquake, then utilize its resources to mobilize and ship food, water and other critical goods to where they are most needed.   

January 15th:
Captain David Worthy, Richmond Area Commander, boards a plane bound for Haiti.

He will arrive sometime this afternoon.

January 14th:
Major Tom Louden and the team landed the plane in Cap Haitien today. They have driven three hours on treacherous roads in the dark tonight in two SUV's and are driving three more hours in the morning starting at 5:00 am to get to Port au Prince by 8:00 am. 

They are safe tonight in a Catholic Parish. 

As they pulled into the parrish, they got a flat tire on one of the SUV's. They were having to get someone local to fix it before they have to leave in the morning.

Kevin Smith got very sick on the journey. He started getting sick after they had to circle the airport so many times before they would finally let them land. They had to pull over several times for Kevin to relieve himself.  He can't keep anything down. They have some medications with them, but not much. The roads wind around so much. I am sure that didn't help his stomach!

Major Tom Louden said there were holes in the road the size of semi trucks that they had to go around on the edge of cliffs that had no guard rails. And you shake constantly as you go down the road. You can only go 20 miles per hour.

He said it looks like a bomb went off everywhere.

Houses are destroyed everywhere. He's never seen anything like it in his life. And he has not yet arrived in Port au Prince where it is worse!

He said people are walking around aimlessly everywhere and at times there were so many people in the street they had to wait for the street to clear to be able to pass through the crowds. 

Tomorrow at 7:00am another team is going to Haiti from Ft. Lauderdale. Major Ron Busroe, my brother, Captain David Worthy, Craig Arnold, and Colonel's Castor, Major Polarek, a Doctor, and someone from the Washington post will be going.

Pray that they will be able to land in Port au Prince. A plane full of cargo is going with them.

Art Stevenson, the pilot has been such a blessing. He is a Soldier from the Ft. Lauderdale Corps. 

As we have been purchasing supplies this evening, it seems like everywhere we go people are so willing to help us. People are going out their way to get the necessary items that we need.  We also had a young guy that works at Best Buy asked us to look for his father. It was hard for him not to get all choked up. 

Please continue to keep everyone in your prayers. A big "thank you"  to all The Salvation Army Officers, Employees, and Volunteers who are working around the clock to help make this relief effort happen. God bless each one of you.

Major Julie Anne Louden
Ft. Lauderdale Salvation Army

January 14th:
First Salvation Army Assessment Team Now in Haiti

The first emergency assessment team is now in Haiti.  The Salvation Army team includes Major Tom Louden, Captain Albert Cancia, Florida's Emergency Services Director, Kevin Smith, and two volunteer translators Serge Lalanne and Monsignor Jean Pierre.

This five person team departed Fort Lauderdale, FL, yesterday, and faced a very difficult flight. 

The team was delayed in the Turks & Caicos Islands last night and after an arduous flight to Port au Prince were again diverted as the Port au Prince airport was abruptly closed for most of the day.

Grounded planes clogged the airport's runways, stranded as the Haitian airport ran out of jet fuel.  The team was eventually able to land in Cap Haiten (along with many other diverted air flights), rented two mini-SUVs, and is undertaking a very difficult drive from Cap Haiten to Port au Prince tonight. 

This is a very hard journey, but the team hopes to arrive at The Salvation Army compound in Port au Prince late this evening.

A second team, including Major Ron Busroe, Major George Polarek, Richmond's own Captain David Worthy and Graig Arnold has charted a second aircraft and plans to leave Fort Lauderdale early tomorrow morning. 

The hope is that Port au Prince airport will be open to some air traffic tomorrow and the team can enter the country that way.


January 14th:
The Salvation Army mobilizing personnel and resources to send to Haiti in response to the earthquake.

This includes 44,000 lbs of emergency rations, packaged and ready to move from the Midwest.

  • 285,120 meals
  • 20 pallets, each box is 33 lbs, 66 boxes per pallet,
  • Each box has rice, soy and vitamins, and is plastic wrapped for disaster
  • The Salvation Army is working with other agencies to identify appropriate air transportation to move the already-packaged food as quickly as possible.

The first team of Salvation Army personnel to support staff in Haiti is scheduled to arrive in Port Au Prince today (Thursday, January 14th).

Additional teams and supplies are scheduled to deploy in the next 24 hours.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and its personnel were affected by the earthquake and are now working to assist people in need.

The Salvation operates schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities through some 60 Corps community centers across the country.

One Salvation Army compound near Port Au Prince experienced severe damage, including collapsed buildings; No one was injured in the collapse.

The Salvation Army in Haiti is currently assessing damage and need throughout the country.

Once damage and needs are assessed - and supplies arrive - The Salvation Army hopes to begin distribution on a small scale of items including food, water and tents.


January 13th:
Salvation Army Mobilizing Personnel, Resources to Aid with Haiti Relief

Army school, clinic damaged; staff on-site organizing emergency response

The Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti following a severe earthquake Tuesday that damaged much of the country's infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and currently operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the epicenter of the earthquake and at other locations in the country.

One of the facilities, or compounds as it is referred to, includes a home for more than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical clinic caring for 150-200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday welcomes nearly 1,000 people. The facility is less than 10 minutes from the National Palace and is in an area known as St. Martin that's home to predominantly poor living in the nation's capital.

According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port au Prince, no one in the compound was injured during the earthquake, but the children's home, the clinic and church suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely. People were sleeping in the parking lot overnight, while severe aftershocks continued to affect the country.

The second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used as an emergency operations center; damage was slight to this compound, according to Salvation Army reports from Haiti.

The Salvation Army hospital in Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince) reports some minor damage, but no injuries.

The Salvation Army's World Services Office, based in Alexandria, VA, has committed $50,000 to the relief effort and the organization is prepared to commit more financial resources, as well as food, water and other emergency supplies, to assist in the recovery.

The organization is preparing to send more than 44,000 lbs of pre-packaged emergency rations to the country, along with emergency disaster teams. The Salvation Army is working with other agencies to identify appropriate transportation for the food. As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army will be a part of the initial emergency response while assessing longer term needs of the residents.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti at this time and especially our Salvation Army officers and employees throughout the country," said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, who directs the Salvation Army World Services Office.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via,, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. 


Numana Rice delivered                        2,041,400 meals
MRE's delivered                                       6,900 meals
20oz. bottles of water                        23,328 servings
Jugs of water                                       6,720 gallons
Water filtration system              30,000 gallons per day
Total water supplied                           500,000 gallons


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