The Salvation Army is at the fore-front during disasters, helping those in need.

The Salvation Army on the Move to Help South Georgia

The Salvation Army of Georgia is on the move to confront the panorama of destruction across southern areas of the Peach State after Hurricane Michael swept through earlier Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Hurricane Michael Incident Management Team (IMT) is relocating their center of operations from Atlanta to Albany, GA, and closer to the most heavily impacted areas in the state.

Michael hit Georgia with the intensity of a category 3 hurricane, after slamming into the Florida panhandle just a few miles-per-hour short of being labeled a category 5 hurricane. Raging winds and heavy rains initially appeared significant and widespread, but short of catastrophic. “This is a story that is yet unfolding,” said Captain Erik Henry, Georgia Incident Management Team Commander. “We are here to help people impacted by the storm and will continually assess the best deployment of our resources to do so.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia charged fifteen canteens (mobile feeding units), along with specially disaster-trained crews, to relieve specific areas of southern Georgia most affected. Each canteen has the capacity to serve an average of 750 meals per day.

Salvation Army canteens from Albany, Augusta, Macon and Marietta, GA will be serving those affected in the greater Albany, GA area. Canteens from Bainbridge, Elberton, Newnan, and Lawrenceville, GA will focus relief efforts in the most southwestern part of the state around the city of  Bainbridge.

In times of disaster, The Salvation Army traditionally serves and prepares meals from its mobile canteens, helps distribute cleaning supplies, and offers comfort to those impacted. According to Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergency Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia, “The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution,” she adds, “Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.”

How to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks.)
  • Donate online: HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmymusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

The Salvation Army of Georgia Readies as Michael Slams Florida Panhandle

Michael is an intense category 4 hurricane — the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the Florida panhandle. After slamming ashore, Michael will continue northeast as a category 2 hurricane, raging through Southern Georgia across Bainbridge, Thomasville and Savannah with weather unlike anything they have seen before.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units (canteens) and other resources from across the southern U.S. are stationed to quickly provide feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual care throughout impacted areas.

“Hurricane Michael is a powerful storm,” Says Major Charles Powell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We are ready and poised to minister in the name of Jesus to those who are hurting — to be there for them in their time of need. We want to be a ray of light in their time of darkness that brings peace to their minds and hearts.”

In Georgia, twenty-one canteens stand ready to deploy to areas affected in Georgia. A Salvation Army Incident Management Team (IMT) monitors the storm progress and impact from their operations center located in The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters building Atlanta, Georgia. From this location, The Salvation Army of Georgia can coordinate and communicate with Salvation Army locations and resources across the state, and with state and local officials in efforts to respond effectively where resources are needed most. The current focus centers on the 108 counties in South Georgia placed under a state of emergency by Governor Nathan Deal.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” says Captain Erik Henry, Incident Commander for the Georgia Incident Management Team, “Once we see exactly how the storm impacts our state, we will be able to redeploy our resources as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia is already in action providing drinks and meals in key locations for first responders, evacuees and those seeking help including; Albany, Americus, Augusta, Douglas, Dublin, Macon, Tifton and Thomasville. Many other locations are on standby ready to respond when needed

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks.)
  • Donate online: HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

The Salvation Army Georgia Division Readies Resources in Anticipation of Hurricane Florence

ATLANTA, GA (September 11, 2018) – The Salvation Army of Georgia is mobilized and moving rapidly in anticipation of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the eastern U.S. coast. Four Georgia Salvation Army canteens (mobile kitchen units) from Atlanta, Newnan, Dublin, and Valdosta, Georgia, and their accompanying disaster-trained staff, crew and volunteers are enroute toward pre-planned staging centers in North and South Carolina. Additional staff and crew from Elberton and Vidalia, Georgia are part of the Georgia contingent. These units will join forces with other Salvation Army units responding from the Carolinas and other parts of the southeastern U.S. to provide mass feeding, hydration and spiritual care to those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence is an intense and powerful storm bringing bad memories along with its promise of fierce winds, tidal surges and rising waters. It is being compared to other storms that ravaged the Carolinas in years past; Hugo, Floyd, Matthew and Hazel. But Florence is different – it has the potential to be more powerful than Hurricane Hazel – the most powerful storm to hit the Carolinas in 1954 with devastating winds of 130 mph.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” says Lanita Lloyd, Emergency Disaster Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia, “Once we see exactly how the storm impacts the eastern coast, we will be able to deploy and redeploy our resources as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia has a standing fleet of 21 canteens designed for rapid and free-standing response in times of emergency. The remaining Georgia canteens not deployed to the Carolinas are on stand-by ready to serve at potential evacuation centers in Georgia and impacted areas along the eastern U.S. coast. Disaster-trained staff and volunteers also stand ready to serve as needed on canteens or at designated Georgia evacuee shelters for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

In times of disaster, the best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

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.

Salvation Army Staged for Deployment as Hurricane Irma Heads for Georgia

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (September 11, 2017) – The Salvation Army in Georgia is ready to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers as Hurricane Irma makes its way up the western Florida coast Sunday and Monday and impacts Georgia late Monday afternoon. Disaster units are staged and ready to serve, and additional resources outside Georgia are ready to mobilize and offer additional assistance as needed.

A total of 18 mobile kitchens (canteens) – each with the capacity to serve an average of 750 meals per day – are either currently staged in, or ready to deploy to, anticipated impact areas throughout the state. An Incident Management Team (IMT) is positioned in Atlanta to coordinate the ongoing disaster response, but is ready to move closer to impacted areas if needed.

“We are staging critical relief supplies in key locations in preparation and will deploy close to the worst affected areas in the coming days,” said Major Douglas McClure, The Salvation Army Georgia Incident Management Team Commander. “We are grateful to our partners during times of disaster who provide essential disaster supplies.”

As Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared the entire state of Georgia under a state of emergency today ahead of Irma’s appearance, Salvation Army units throughout the state are working closely with local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and community partners. Many have opened their doors as emergency shelters and others are supporting city and American Red Cross shelter operations with mass feeding.

Currently, The Salvation Army in Georgia has served over 4,000 meals, 7,000 snacks and beverages, and provided emotional and spiritual care to over 3,000 individuals.

“The Salvation Army is already at work in many communities that find themselves in the path of the storm,” said McClure. “Georgia can rest assured The Salvation Army is here and committed to serving the needs of those impacted as long as is needed.”

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

For the latest information on The Salvation Army disaster response, please visit www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyGeorgia and www.twitter.com/TSAGeorgia

Signs of Hope

Hope is an amazing thing. It can take a person by the hand and lead them out of the depths of despair. It can raise up a community out of unthinkable disaster. And it can bless us with immeasurable spiritual riches in the midst of desperate times.

When Hurricane Harvey hit the tiny coastal town of Port Lavaca, Texas, many people found themselves dazed and confused. In the aftermath of the storm, their little community was left for a time with no power, tainted water, and scarce, if any, word as to how bad the situation was in their little corner of Texas. Uncertainty prevailed.

But imagine facing the storm when you cannot hear or communicate with anyone to express your fear or how much you need help. There is no aloneness like silence in a raging storm. No more feeling of hopelessness than not being able to make yourself understood in a life-threatening situation.

“What do you want?” The Salvation Army canteen volunteers asked. “How many meals?” Trying a little louder they asked the woman energetically motioning to them, “Are you OK?”

With increased worry and frantic expressions, the woman signed to the volunteers that she was deaf, but to no avail. The volunteers did not understand what she communicating to them in sign language – I AM DEAF.

Peering through the canteen window, new soldier and recent Baylor University graduate, Laura Stevenson, saw the commotion just below her. She quickly stepped out of the canteen and approached the deaf woman signing “It’s OK, I’ve been signing for five years! What do you want?”

Worry and tension faded into joy and laughter as the woman signed back to Laura, “I did not know you would have people who signed – this is amazing!”

The following signing conversations were filled with more joy and laughter as the woman signs to Laura of her desperate situation. “My house is completely destroyed. If you did not have food, I would not have been able to eat today,” she signed. As Laura signs back to her that The Salvation Army will be here for as long as the community needs and that she can come as many times as she wants, her hope was restored.

According to Laura, signing is a very conceptual language and much of it is beyond words. Laura says she never got the deaf woman’s name. Maybe names are not that important when hope and joy transcend uncertainty and despair.

Laura and her husband Tyler, a Salvation Army Mission Specialist at the Waco, Texas corps, plan to become Salvation Army officers and look forward to entering Evangeline Booth College next year. “We love helping people and being a part of what The Salvation Army stands for,” says Laura, “because we are known for being the hands and feet of Christ.”

Yes, it is a very bright and hopeful sign that the mission of The Salvation Army, to share the Gospel and help others in their time of need, will steadfastly march on with people like the Stevenson’s joining the ranks.

How you can give help and hope

The best way to give help and hope after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Mail Checks to:

The Salvation Army PO Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks.

Text to Give: STORM to 51555

The Salvation Army Stands Strong in Victoria

Victoria, Texas (September 4, 2017) In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. To date, The Salvation Army has deployed 92 mobile feeding units (canteens) to impacted areas in the state of Texas from across the country. Joining them are Salvation Army trained disaster workers from across the United States and Canada.

In the greater Victoria area, The Salvation Army is currently providing feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual care at various sites in Victoria, Colhoun, Refugio, and Goliad counties.

The Salvation Army has a standing fleet of canteens designed for rapid and free-standing response in times of emergency. “Ten Salvation Army canteens from Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma are specifically deployed to serve Victoria and surrounding areas,” said Captain Chris Powell, The Salvation Army Incident Management Team Director serving the Victoria area. “The canteens are stocked twice a day with food and drinks ready to serve affected areas. They have the ability to respond quickly to changing conditions to serve those in need.”

To date The Salvation Army has served approximately 4,000 meals and snacks, and 8,000 drinks a day in the greater Victoria area. Response to The Salvation Army’s presence has been extremely positive and appreciative. “My house is destroyed and I would not have eaten today if you had not been here,” said a woman from Port Lavaca, “Thank you!”

“The Salvation Army has been on the ground helping residents get back on their feet so they can start to rebuild,” said Lieutenant Jeremy Mockabee, Operations Chief for The Salvation Army’s Victoria Incident Management Team. “The Salvation Army is here standing strong for the local community, ready to respond aggressively and serve compassionately as long as we are needed.”

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Mail Checks to:

The Salvation Army PO Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks.

Text to Give: STORM to 51555

 

The Salvation Army of Georgia Canteens on the Way to Texas

Eleven mobile feeding units (canteens) from The Salvation Army of Georgia are on the way to Texas destined to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Georgia canteens join 42 other canteens from around the southeast that have been on the ground in Texas since before Hurricane Harvey made landfall early last week.

The canteens will deploy to Houston with 27 Salvation Army staff, officers, and volunteers to help with relief efforts. They join 60 other volunteer teams and mobile feeding units already in Texas In the upcoming weeks, The Salvation Army will continue to send teams as needed, with an additional 450 canteens on standby throughout the United States.

“So far, nearly sixty inches of rain has fallen in the Gulf Coast region. The Salvation Army served victims after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Matthew, but we’ve never seen anything like this. We will be on the ground in Texas to help those impacted by this disaster as long as we’re needed,” says Salvation Army Major Mark Woodcock.

The Salvation Army has a fleet of mobile feeding units designed for rapid and free-standing response in times of emergency. The canteens can be stocked with three full days of food and drinks, and can serve 1,500 meals per day. After deployment, the mobile canteens can be restocked and moved throughout affected areas.

On Tuesday, the first of several of Georgia’s Salvation Army Incident Management Teams (IMT) deployed to one of the hardest hit areas around the city of Victoria, Texas. The IMT will monitor the continually changing situation in the area and communicate with state and local officials to coordinate efforts and respond effectively. In addition, a representative from The Salvation Army will work with the State Operational Command (SOC), located in Austin, Texas, to help coordinate relief efforts among federal, state and local organizations.

Those who want to help people directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are asked to donate in the following ways:

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Text to give: text STORM51555

To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmymusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

 

Georgia Team Serving in Texas

Captain Chris Powell of Brunswick, Georgia, leads Hurricane Harvey relief efforts for the Georgia Incident Management Team in Victoria, Texas.  read more…

Georgia Salvation Army Team Deploys for Victoria TX for Hurricane Harvey

The Salvation Army of Georgia is prepared and on stand-by, ready to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“The impact of this hurricane is dramatic,” says Lanita Lloyd, Emergency Disaster Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “Due to the size of the population impacted, including Houston, Texas, the county’s fourth largest city, we anticipate this will be the largest and longest emergency response in the history of The Salvation Army in America.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia has a fleet of mobile feeding units (canteens) designed for rapid and free-standing response in times of emergency. Eighteen Salvation Army canteens in Georgia stand ready to be deployed wherever needed at a moment’s notice to help those in need. The canteens can be stocked with three full days of food and drinks ready to serve affected areas. After deployment, the mobile canteens have the ability to restock and move throughout affected areas.

A specially trained and experienced Incident Command Team (ICT) is currently deploying to one of the hardest hit areas around the city of Victoria, Texas. The ICT will monitor the continually changing situation in the area and communicate with state and local officials to coordinate efforts and respond effectively. In addition, a representative from The Salvation Amy will work with the State Operational Command (SOC), located in San Antonio, Texas, to help coordinate relief efforts among federal, state and local organizations.

In times of disaster, The Salvation Army traditionally serves and prepares meals from its mobile canteens, helps distribute cleaning supplies, and offers comfort to those impacted. According to Lanita Lloyd, “The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution.” Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing, used furniture, and other items to your local Salvation Army Family Store.

Those who want to help people directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are asked to consider the following ways to help;

Donations may be made:

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by phone: 1-800–SAL-ARMY

Mail checks to: The Salvation Army P.O. BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ on all checks.

To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

The Salvation Army Continues Long-Term Recovery in Georgia

The Salvation Army Rebuilding Homes and Lives Throughout Impacted Area

TSA continues South Georgia reliefALBANY, GA (June 19, 2017) – The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term emergency relief services to residents whose lives were forever changed in January 2017 following a series of deadly tornadoes that ravaged parts of South Georgia.

Within minutes of the first tornadoes touching down, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) teams deployed multiple mobile feeding units throughout affected areas. Over 19,500 meals, snacks, and drinks were provided, as well as emotional and spiritual care, to thousands of survivors throughout impacted areas.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado outbreak in South Georgia was one of the largest on record. Twenty tornadoes hit Georgia within a three-day period between January 21 and 23, tearing a 70-mile path through five Georgia counties. Over 15,000 families were affected by the storms, with over 500 homes destroyed and another 1,700 reporting damage.

“From day one, The Salvation Army has been helping individuals and families who suffered due to the tornadoes” said Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “These events have affected our communities – where we live and serve every day – our neighbors. We are committed to supporting long-term recovery efforts throughout Georgia.”

The Albany and Dougherty County areas were hit hardest by the tornadoes. As the disaster operation eventually transitioned from immediate response to long-term recovery, The Albany Salvation Army joined with local churches, businesses, and other organizations to establish a Long-Term Recovery Group to support relief efforts as a team. In those affected areas where a long-term recovery group does not exist, The Salvation Army will continue to assess and help fulfill the needs of impacted families.

It is anticipated that the long-term recovery will last through the summer, or until available funds run out. To date, The Salvation Army has raised over $300,000 for immediate and long-term recovery efforts. According to Major Kelley English, The Salvation Army officer for Albany, GA, the need still outweighs the resources available and any continued support would greatly help affected South Georgia communities in their quest to return to normal.

“Some people have exhausted their FEMA and insurance money to help get them back to normal, or had no money at all,” said Major English. “It’s great to be able to help people in their time of need in a real, tangible, and significant way.”

The Salvation Army’s focus is to help with unmet needs, which are those not obtained through FEMA, insurance, and other similar sources. Qualified households are able to obtain up to $3,000 as reimbursement for expenses like home repair, appliance replacement, medicine, temporary housing, and other disaster-related expenses.

“Long-term recovery is a difficult path. The process of rebuilding homes and lives takes time and patience,” said Major English. “The Salvation Army will work with local governments, organizations and community members to make sure every individual and family affected by these tornadoes is helped.”

Those seeking assistance for tornado-related expenses are asked to contact The Salvation Army of Albany, GA at 229-435-1428.

How to Help

The best way to help people before, during, and through the long-term recovery efforts of a disaster is to make a financial donation. Financial donations enable disaster responders and aid providers to meet the specific needs of disaster survivors when and where they are needed most.

Financial donations go directly toward long-term relief efforts for those affected by the 2017 South Georgia tornadoes and can be made;

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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. Eighty-two 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.