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More on Isaac From SA USA

August 28, 2012 by  

Tropical storm conditions forecasted to start overnight. At least 93 people are sleeping here tonight, because of Isaac. That number is expected to increase throughout the night. (courtesy of The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama)

Hurricane Isaac: Landfall Expected Wednesday Morning, 7 Years After Katrina

From Salvation Army USA

Residents of New Orleans may feel tropical storm force winds by midnight Monday in anticipation for Hurricane Isaac’s landfall on the Gulf Coast early Wednesday morning, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

In preparation for the storm, The Salvation Army is gearing up response teams and supplies in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, among other states, to provide food and hydration as well as emotional and spiritual care to all who may be impacted by the storm.

“We are taking every precaution to make sure that anyone who is impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac – resident or emergency responder – has all they need to make it through the storm, physically and spiritually,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our personnel are taking the storm very seriously and will be ready to respond and move into impacted areas to provide needed support.”

We continue to closely monitoring the storm track, with 24 mobile feeding units and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate deployment to the affected communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Each canteen, currently staged in Hattiesburg, MS, can serve 22,000 meals per day.

In addition to feeding and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
•        Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
•        Hygiene kits
•        Shower units
•        First-aid supplies
•        Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).  Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301.  Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

Updates courtesy of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website – click here to get the latest news on all of our disaster relief efforts.

Tornado Relief: Months Later

August 10, 2012 by  

From Salvation Army Indiana’s upcoming newsletter:

On March 2, a storm front quickly approached southern Indiana.

“We were pretty well aware there was going to be some kind of major weather event,” said Major Stephen Kiger of The Salvation Army New Albany. “So we were prepared. We put people in place.”

The Salvation Army was on the scene in Borden and Clark counties by 6 p.m. assisting first responders. It soon became clear that the devastation covered a much broader area.

“We established a site at the fire station there,” Kiger said. “Then we moved a canteen to the other side of the county. The canteen was there all though the night. As information came in, we realized there was a lot of destruction.”

Multiple sites were set up to assist volunteers and victims.

“There was a lot of confusion. It’s just hard to imagine what happened,” Kiger said. “People were just wandering around trying to find their family. Cell towers were down so there was no communication.”

During the disaster, the Salvation Army met physical needs as well as physical and emotional needs in southern Indiana.

“People were very upset. I can’t say just how important emotional and spiritual support is,” he said. “We were a lifeline and had an impact on people.”

Kiger recalled one of those emotional moments: “A volunteer was taking drinks down the street and passed a funeral home where there was one of the first services for a victim. The brother of the victim walked out and wrapped his arms around the volunteer and thanked her for all her help and support.”

In the aftermath of cleaning up, plans were made to rebuild.

“There has been a classic outpouring from all over our country,” Kiger said. “There was no place to even put the stuff. Some of it wasn’t what we needed at the time and was stored.”
Monetary donations were the biggest help in the early days of recovery. And now, months later, there is still so much to do.

“A good gathering of faith-based groups came together to create Volunteers Rebuilding Our Community,” Kiger said. “They are addressing the need to rebuild and repair. Right now 80 homes need to be rebuilt, and this group will build about 20 of them.”

Did you know?
In addition to meeting the needs of hundreds of tornado survivors and first responders, The Salvation Army also provided $532,215 in long-term assistance to 1,680 individuals in southern Indiana. Thanks to donors like you, they are now rebuilding their lives.

Haitian Students Return To Reconstructed Schools: Good News About The Salvation Army’s Continued Work In Haiti

November 5, 2011 by  

Nearly 700 students started the school year in newly repaired Salvation Army school buildings. The Haiti Recovery and Development School Renovation and Construction team worked hard during the summer months to start, and finish, repairs on four of six priority schools scheduled for improvements in 2011.

Not only were project manager David White and assistant project manager Raymond Cédoine working hard to ensure schools were ready for the start of classes, but they were building local capacity by training a maintenance team in repair and upkeep of the buildings. The work included masonry and carpentry work, roofing, latrine and electrical repair and installation of water catchment systems.

Heavy rains contributing to impassable road conditions have slowed progress on schools in Bellegarde and Campeche, but work should be completed by Christmas. ‘We have met many challenges and overcome them with everyday problem solving and great determination,’ said David.

By the end of 2014, almost 20 schools affected by the earthquake will have been repaired and reconstructed. There are seven schools slated for 2012, including two new constructions.

David said, ‘We are excited about the wonderful repaired and constructed schools The Salvation Army in Haiti is receiving.’

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Haitian Students Return To Reconstructed Schools: Good News About The Salvation Army’s Continued Work In Haiti

November 4, 2011 by  

Nearly 700 students started the school year in newly repaired Salvation Army school buildings. The Haiti Recovery and Development School Renovation and Construction team worked hard during the summer months to start, and finish, repairs on four of six priority schools scheduled for improvements in 2011.

Not only were project manager David White and assistant project manager Raymond Cédoine working hard to ensure schools were ready for the start of classes, but they were building local capacity by training a maintenance team in repair and upkeep of the buildings. The work included masonry and carpentry work, roofing, latrine and electrical repair and installation of water catchment systems.

Heavy rains contributing to impassable road conditions have slowed progress on schools in Bellegarde and Campeche, but work should be completed by Christmas. ‘We have met many challenges and overcome them with everyday problem solving and great determination,’ said David.

By the end of 2014, almost 20 schools affected by the earthquake will have been repaired and reconstructed. There are seven schools slated for 2012, including two new constructions.

David said, ‘We are excited about the wonderful repaired and constructed schools The Salvation Army in Haiti is receiving.’

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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