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The Salvation Army Supports Isaac’s Forgotten Population

August 29, 2012 by  

Homeless Shelters full of needy and fearful people

Jackson, Miss. (August 28, 2012) – Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are actively serving residents of Hurricane Isaac impacted areas.

In New Orleans, Pascagoula, Miss. and Mobile, Ala. Salvation Army Homeless Shelters are filled to maximum capacity.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is already seeing an increase of people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

“Scared,” explains one man waiting outside The Salvation Army. “I’ve been through seven hurricanes, and I’m scared.”

With tropical storm conditions forecasted overnight, The Salvation Army is expecting more people to line up looking for shelter. Those numbers could swell even higher because the Waterfront Rescue Mission has closed through Thursday, due to its location.

“In emergency situations, we will open our doors to as many people as possible who are in need of a safe place to sleep. We will continue to provide shelter to the homeless throughout storm,” said Major Mark Brown, Coastal Alabama Area Commander.

For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings back anxious memories of previous storms. Herman Southland was living in Bayou la Batre when Hurricane Katrina hit. He woke up in the middle of the night to find his home flooded. Southland and his wife cut through their ceiling and spent two days on their roof, waiting for rescue. Now he’s homeless, and worries that he could get stranded again.

Another man explains that without a shelter like The Salvation Army, he is forced to sleep in parking garages during a storm.

The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in New Orleans continues to make accommodations for the influx of homeless seeking shelter from the storm. Already near capacity prior to Hurricane Isaac, the homeless shelter has now begun placing temporary cots around the building to handle the overflow.

In Pascagoula, Miss. fifty-five men, women and children enjoyed a hot lunchtime meal  and will ride out the storm.

The Salvation Army Homeless and Emergency shelter operates 365 days a year, providing shelter, feeding and emotional support.

“The Salvation Army shelter in Pascagoula runs like a well oiled machine,” stated Major Terry Ray, Area Commander for The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast Area Command. “They are always ready to take in those in need and share the love of Jesus with all.”

Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast continue to mobilize to respond to Hurricane Isaac, as it moves inland tonight. Army units in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and one fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response.  Additionally, The Salvation Army is prepared to supplement Gulf Coast states with canteens from inland states, as was necessary in response to Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to food, hydration and emotional 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
  • Communications support

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed of all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

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.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Isaac, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

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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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