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History of The Salvation Army Disaster Services:
On September 8th, 1900, an unnamed hurricane devastated Galveston, Texas, Killing thousands. The City sustained extensive property damage and was virtually destroyed.
While survivors were still reeling from the onslaught of nature, The Salvation Army National Commander Frederick Booth-Tucker ordered officers from across America to the disaster site to provide practical assistance and spiritual care to the hurricane's survivors.
Since then, The Salvation Army has become a familiar presence at every major disaster site within the United States. The red shield has become a beacon of compassion and of immediate aid, emotional support, and spiritual counsel to the individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by forces beyond their control.
Recent Relief Efforts:
In recent years The Salvation Army in Richmond has been present during:
- The relief efforts of both Hurricane Isabel and Tropical Storm Gaston.
- The Richmond Disaster Team and many other teams from across the National Capitol and Virginia division took part in both relief and recovery efforts for the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
- The disaster team from Richmond has traveled to the tornado disaster sites in La Plata, Maryland and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to flooding in Tazewell, Virginia and West Virginia.
- The Pentagon and World Trade Center sites after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
- Most Recently, The Salvation Army Richmond Disaster Team was present in the relief efforts of both Hurricane Gustav and Ike. Both storms brought devastating winds and rain to the "Gulf coast" region. These storms left thousands without power food and water for days. In some areas citizens went weeks without power.
Volunteers and officers of The Salvation Army are always ready and prepared to serve when an emergency situation arises. The Richmond Area Command has more than 25 volunteers on-call to serve should a disaster situation occur. At least two mobile canteens emergency disaster vehicles are always stocked, bags are always packed and The Salvation Army is always ready to respond.