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The Salvation Army began offering assistance to disaster survivors after a major hurricane hit Galveston, Texas in September 1900, destroying the coastal city and killing thousands of people. At the request of The Salvation Army’s National Commander, Commissioner Frederick Booth-Tucker, officers from across the country moved into the Galveston area to help feed and shelter thousands of survivors, while also providing much needed emotional and spiritual support.

Since then, The Salvation Army has responded to natural disasters, transportation accidents, civil unrest situations, and terrorist attacks. By providing beverages, meals and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations.

While each disaster creates its own unique circumstances and special needs, Salvation Army disaster relief efforts focus on seven core services. These services may be modified based on the magnitude of the disaster and adapted to meet the specific needs of individual survivors.

Training

The first step in being ready to respond to an emergency is training. In partnership with other agencies, The Salvation Army’s disaster training program offers a variety of courses designed to help individuals and communities prepare for emergency events and become trained disaster volunteers.

Food Service

When disaster strikes, one of the first signs that help is on the way is often the arrival of a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit, offering meals, snacks and drinks to rescue workers and survivors.

Emotional and Spiritual Care

Motivated by Christian faith, The Salvation Army deploys specially trained individuals to offer emotional and spiritual care to rescue workers and disaster survivors.

Emergency Communications

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) includes a worldwide network of volunteer amateur radio operators and other communications specialists, who may be mobilized to transmit emergency information during a disaster event.

Disaster Social Services

After a family has lost everything in a disaster, The Salvation Army is there to provide emergency assistance to help meet survivors’ most urgent needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical services.

Donations Management

The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s leaders in responsibly collecting, sorting and distributing donated goods. The Salvation Army encourages cash donations as the best and most flexible way to help and solicits only those in-kind donations that can be effectively received and efficiently distributed.

Recovery

The Salvation Army supports long-term disaster recovery operations with flexible programming that is adaptable to the unique needs of individual communities.

Find out more, including how to volunteer with The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, by visiting SalArmyEDS.org.

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The organizations will work together to rebuild 30 homes damaged by Hurricane Irma

Naples, FL (September 19,2018)  Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, and The Salvation Army officially kicked off their partnership to help rebuild lives and homes that were impacted by Hurricane Irma. Over the next year, as part of Team Rubicon’s South Florida Rebuild Program, the two organizations will work together to identify and rebuild 30 homes damaged by Hurricane Irma in Collier County, Florida.

For its piece of the partnership, The Salvation Army will identify homes that meet established criteria for assistance as well as handle client services and case management. Team Rubicon, led by the military veterans of Cohort 8 of their Clay Hunt Fellows Program, will manage the construction and rebuild of these 30 homes.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of providing disaster relief and recovery around the world,” says Ashley Jones, Director of Social Services and Disaster Recovery for The Salvation Army. “Although it has now been one year since Hurricane Irma impacted Collier County, so many of our residents continue to rebuild. We are proud to partner with Team Rubicon in an effort to make sure all those in the community who need help receive it.”

In March 2018, Team Rubicon launched its home rebuild pilot program in Houston, Texas to support long-term recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This South Florida Home Rebuild Program will be built on the success and lessons learned from the Houston pilot.

“Team Rubicon is excited to launch this Home Rebuild Program in South Florida and for the opportunity to help get families impacted by Hurricane Irma back to a sense of pre-storm normalcy,” said David Venables, Deputy Director of Rebuild at Team Rubicon. “It’s a privilege to partner with The Salvation Army on this project. This organization brings deep community ties, resources and know-how that will help us rebuild homes and lives in South Florida.”

The launch of this program in South Florida marks a return to Collier County for Team Rubicon. Soon after Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm, Team Rubicon launched a response operation to provide immediate disaster relief. Now, the organization is returning to Collier County to address on-going, long-term recovery needs in impacted communities.

Team Rubicon boasts an 80,000-strong, highly-skilled volunteer force that helps communities stabilize and recover after a disaster. Since its 2010 inception, Team Rubicon has responded to over 285 disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.

 

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 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a wide 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 for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. To learn more, follow @SalArmyFlorida or visit www.SalvationArmyFlorida.org.

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Organization providing meals, serving first responders as they prepare for relief efforts

ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 14, 2018) – The Salvation Army’s national network of disaster staff and volunteers has been activated since Monday, September 10, to mobilize for storm preparation and response. Trained emergency disaster personnel are prepared to provide food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual support to survivors and first responders. Staff and volunteers are also serving at emergency shelters and staffing emergency operations centers. An incident command team and staging area for North and South Carolina has been established in Charlotte.

The Salvation Army has committed more than 60 mobile feeding units across four states to Hurricane Florence relief operations. Each canteen can provide up to 1,500 meals per day. The Salvation Army is also working closely with other charitable disaster responders, such as Operation BBQ Relief, who is staging a kitchen alongside Salvation Army units in Charlotte. As of September 14, The Salvation Army has provided more than 8,000 meals, 6,500 drinks and 5,000 snacks.

Because The Salvation Army has more than 7,600 centers of operation in the U.S., they’re often the first ones on the scene. And they don’t leave – as part of the communities they serve, they help people recover now and later rebuild.

“Donations from the generous public will help provide food, shelter and other valuable resources that survivors need,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild, which could take years.”

The best way to support the survivors of Hurricane Florence is by making a financial contribution. This gives relief organizations flexibility to quickly and efficiently meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.

To contribute to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, ask Amazon Alexa to “make a donation to The Salvation Army,” or text “STORM” to 51555.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations – during emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Lindsay Crossland, Director of Communications
P: 727-403-7766
E: Lindsay.Crossland@uss.salvationarmy.org 

LUTZ, FL (September 10, 2018) – Having strengthened from a tropical storm over the weekend, Hurricane Florence is expected to increase in significance as it approaches the southeastern United States. As the threat to Florida’s coast has lessened, The Salvation Army will deploy mobile feeding units, staff, and volunteers from across Florida to assist areas where the storm is expected to make landfall in North and South Carolina.

Teams from Clearwater, Cocoa, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Stuart, Tallahassee, and Vero Beach are preparing now to be in place mid-week in anticipation of serving impacted areas after the storm.

“The units being deployed each have the capacity to serve 500 – 1,500 meals per day,” says Steven Hartsook. Salvation Army Director of Emergency Disaster Services.

“The Salvation Army prepares all year to be able to serve where needed. Individual and family preparedness is crucial in advance of a disaster, and we want to remind everyone that the time to prepare for the next storm is now,” says Hartsook.

The Salvation Army will also deploy a 53’ refrigerated feeding support trailer from Florida to North Carolina to assist with transporting food and drinks to affected areas.

To support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence relief efforts, visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org. For updates on The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster response efforts, visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 135 years in the United States. Nearly 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyFlorida.org or follow on Twitter @SalArmyFlorida.

Clearwater Irma

With the help of faithful volunteers, donors, and community partners, The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Irma across Florida.

Here’s a glimpse of how we’ve been able to serve this past year through your generosity:

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  • As of July 2018, The Salvation Army has distributed more than $9million in aid to those affected by Hurricane Irma across Florida, with an additional $20million recovery plan in place to continue to meet the long-term needs of the impacted areas. Aid has included serving more than 1million meals, drinks and snacks, and providing nearly 5,000 nights of shelter.
  • The Salvation Army received $370,000 from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to help first responders, educators, low-income households and senior citizens replace appliances, complete home repairs, and cover rent and mortgage payments. Grants were distributed in amounts of $500 – $2,500, and these funds have assisted nearly 500 men, women, and children to date.
  • Through a partnership with The Home Depot, The Salvation Army is able to purchase supplies at a discounted rate for residents in Southwest Florida and the Florida Keys to repair and rebuild their homes. The Salvation Army has allocated $5million in recovery aid for this program.
  • In the first phase of the disaster response, The Salvation Army worked with partner agencies to cover insurance deductibles for damaged homes and automobiles to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
  • For individuals and families who have been displaced form their primary residence due to Irma, The Salvation Army offers relocation assistance. This may come in the form of purchasing a bus or airline ticket, renting a moving truck, or making a deposit on an apartment in their destination city.
  • The Salvation Army’s long-term recovery plans include the hardest hit region of Florida, which includes the Ft. Myers area (Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties), the Naples area (Collier County), and the Florida Keys (Monroe County).

To  help The Salvation Army continue to serve your neighbors in need:

June 15, 2016
Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org
Original Post: https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/news/2016/06/15/salvation-army-expands-services-to-families-&-responders-of-orlando-tragedy

Orlando, FL – Salvation Army disaster response teams from the Orlando and Sanford corps continue to provide support to first responders and families at The Pulse nightclub, providing food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care.

“Yesterday was a day of transition as we worked with the local, state, and federal teams to ensure the safety of the personnel on the ground,” said Major Ted Morris, Salvation Army Orlando Area Commander.  “With the heat index reaching into triple digits yesterday, people need to stay hydrated.  Heat exhaustion is a serious concern.”

Providing food and drinks is a core service of The Salvation Army, and while food service will continue, the more critical need is hydration.  In addition to its mobile canteens, The Salvation Army has also mobilized three Polaris utility task vehicles (UTVs) to more effectively distribute water and sports drinks to responder personnel throughout the secure area.   With streets blocked off to traffic, the Polaris UTVs have allowed teams to get resources to responders more efficiently, ensuring the safety of more than three hundred local, state, and federal personnel.

Major Ted Morris and Mr. Kelvin Coachman, Salvation Army Director of Social Services, are also coordinating with other community organizations to support families at the City of Orlando ‘one-stop’ assistance center, located at Camping World stadium.  The Salvation Army has positioned a second disaster response team at the stadium to provide hydration and snacks to family members seeking information and assistance.

“In the central Florida community, we support needy families every day, and in the days to come, we need to focus on finding resources for all those coping with this tragedy,” said Major Morris.  “Comfort may come in the forms of either financial assistance or physical aid, like hydration and snacks, but we also know that many of these families need to know that we care deeply and we grieve with them in their loss.”

The Salvation Army urges organizations wishing to partner in helping families recover to contact us at 407-423-8581.  Individuals, outside of Orlando, who wish to contribute may call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text “Orlando” to 41444.

“Yesterday, we received a generous donation of Gatorade and snacks from our local Sam’s Club,”  said Gene Daniels, Director of Operations at The Salvation Army Area Command.  “We were able to get that Gatorade immediately to the responders on scene thanks to our Polaris units and volunteers on the ground.  This is why we are here, showing the support and appreciation that we all feel for their efforts.”

Please continue to pray for the Orlando community.

 

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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Photo: Florida Governor Rick Scott vists with a Salvation Army disaster worker serving law-enforcement personnel near The Pulse nightclub.

June 13, 2016
Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

“Our mobile kitchen served throughout the night with water and coffee available to any responders or passersby,”  said Major Ted Morris, The Salvation Army Orlando Area Commander.  “We will continue to support responders and families with the generosity of our local community partners.   This morning, more restaurants arrived with breakfast foods and although we are grateful, we may have more than we need at this location.”

The Salvation Army is asking any commercial food vendors that are interested in supporting to please coordinate by calling The Salvation Army of Orlando at 407-423-8581.

The Salvation Army mobile kitchens, better known as canteens, prepare year round for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornados, but this week our volunteer teams have been called to action to serve along side our first responders in this time of tragedy.

“We ask everyone to join us in praying for those that have been affected by this attack,” Morris said.  “Our teams will continue to serve in coordination with emergency management and our partner organizations.”

If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please log on to our website at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY.   Those interested in becoming members of our disaster response team can register online or simply gain more information about The Salvation Army’s response to this tragic event.

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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Orlando, Fla – Sunday morning, Salvation Army disaster relief teams arrived on scene at Orange Avenue near the Orange Regional Medical Center providing food and hydration to responders.   Dinner was provided in partnership with generous restaurants like Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings.

June 12, 2016

Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

Original post link: https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/news/2016/06/12/salvation-army-responds-to-tragedy-in-orlando

Orlando, Florida – June 12, 2016 – The Salvation Army Orlando Disaster Relief team activated its mobile kitchen to support emergency responders with hydration and meals. Major Ted Morris, Orlando Area Commander is working with local officials and offering additional support as needed. Emotional and Spiritual Care teams have been placed on standby to support the Central Florida Community deal with this horrific tragedy.

“We were awakened this morning to this tragic news in Orlando. Our local disaster team members immediately reached out to ask how they could help their neighbors. This is why we train, this is why our volunteers serve and today we are here to comfort those impacted across our community.” stated Major Ted Morris. “Right now as we respond with hydration and food, we ask everyone to join us in praying for those families who lost dear loved ones and those who struggle to recover in hospitals around our area.”

Salvation Army units around Florida have been placed on standby to support families and responders as needed. We encourage those in the Central Florida area to check in with family and friends to establish that they are safe and well.

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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.