Disaster Recovery

The Salvation Army Helping Montana Reservations Following Heavy Snowfalls

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:32
Montana (March 16, 2018) – The Salvation Army Emergency Services was contacted by Montana’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MTVOAD) to provide assistance following heavy snowfalls that greatly impacted the tribal regions of Montana. Food, warming supplies and hay for livestock were identified as items of urgent need.  In partnership with the Montana Department of Agriculture, The Salvation Army contributed $5,000.00 in [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Responds to FIU Bridge Collapse

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 21:04
Miami-Dade County, FL - Within hours, The Salvation Army Miami-Dade disaster services team arrived at the Florida International University Bridge Collapse to serve first responders.  Mr. Raymond Boyd, local disaster services coordinator began distributing water, coffee, and snacks to responders who had been on the scene since 2:30 pm.  A newly constructed pedestrian bridge collapsed onto vehicles that were stopped at a traffic light resulting in multiple fatalities.  [READ MORE]

Madagascar: Tropical Storm Eliakim - Mar 2018

Reliefweb.int - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: TC-2018-000023-MDG
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Madagascar

Severe Tropical Storm Eliakim made landfall in the Masoala Peninsula on 16 March at 10 a.m. local time. The weather system is expected to make a second landfall in the district of Mananara Nord in the afternoon of 16 March.
Eliakim is expected to bring intense rainfall, which could trigger widespread and lifethreatening flooding and mudslides in the coming days.
Locations on high alert (red) for major flooding include the SAVA, Analanjirofo, Sofia and Alaotra Mangoro regions. Evacuations are ongoing in areas expected to be hardest hit. (OCHA, 16 Mar 2018)

Date: 16 Mar 2018
Status: Alert

Salvation Army Serving Law Enforcement During San Antonio Standoff

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:56
San Antonio, Texas (March. 9, 2018) – The Salvation Army San Antonio Area Command Emergency Disaster Services team has spent three days providing food, drinks and support to law enforcement agencies working the scene of a police standoff. The Salvation Army deployed its mobile feeding unit to the scene in Northwest San Antonio on Wednesday afternoon where they began providing snacks, water, coffee and energy drinks to officers from agencies including the Bexar [READ MORE]

Central Arkansas Salvation Army Responds to Flooding in Lonoke County

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:15
March 7, 2018 (Little Rock) The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas is responding to the scene of flooding caused by a breached levee in Humnoke, Arkansas, located in Lonoke County. The mobile feeding unit (canteen) will be serving dinner at 12295 US Hwy 65 East, Humnoke, AR 72072. The Salvation Army dispatched the canteen to provide food and hydration to both first responders and those affected by the flooding.  A team of Salvation Army officers trained in [READ MORE]

Buffalo Area EDS Team Celebrates 75 Years of Service

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:40
Buffalo, NY – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team based in Buffalo, NY celebrates their 75th year of service to the community and first responders in Buffalo in 2018.  What started in 1943 with officers and soldiers serving coffee and water to firefighters at fire scenes has grown into a strong relationship with the City of Buffalo and Erie County Emergency Service today.  Our EDS Team is automatically dispatched [READ MORE]

Ogdensburg, NY EDS responds to North Country Fire

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:01
Ogdensburg, NY - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team based in Ogdensburg, NY responded to a multi alarm commercial fire in the City on Tuesday morning. The team provided canteen and hydration services to approximately 30 firefighters who were involved in fighting this fire, which destroyed a local auto garage.  “We are grateful to the Ogdensburg EDS Team for their continued service to [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Provides Aid and Comfort in Dalton,GA After School Emergency

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:25
DALTON, GA – The Salvation Army deployed a mobile feeding unit to the Dalton Convention Center to provide hydration and emotional and spiritual aid to first responders, students and family members affected after a high school teacher barricaded himself in a classroom and fired a shot through a window earlier this week. The students were evacuated to the Dalton Convention Center as part of the high school’s active shooter emergency plan. “Immediately [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Prepares Response to 7.5-magnitude Earthquake in Papua New Guinea

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:33
London, 28 February 2018/IHQ/ – AN estimated 10,000 households have been affected by a damaging earthquake which has caused devastation in the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces of central Papua New Guinea. The 7.5-magnitude quake, which shook the region in the early hours of Monday 26 February, has claimed at least 16 lives and injured 300 people. Roads and airstrips have been severely affected, making travel in and around the remote region even more difficult than usual. Communications [READ MORE]

Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea: Earthquake - Feb 2018

Reliefweb.int - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 18:00
GLIDE number: EQ-2018-000020-PNG
Disaster type: Earthquake, Land Slide
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck on 26 February (25 February UTC), with its epicentre in Nipa-Kutubu district, Southern Highlands province. The affected area is sparsely populated, with a dispersed population living in remote, rural communities. There are no major urban areas in the immediate vicinity although there is a gas pipeline in the area. There were some minor landslides following the earthquake, but as of 26 February no damage to infrastructure or homes has been reported. The National Disaster Centre is assessing the situation. (OCHA, 26 Feb 2018)

At 15.17 UTC on 26 February 2018, a major aftershock with a magnitude of 6.2 M occurred in the Southern Highlands province close to the location of the 7.5 M earthquake of 25 February. According to media, as of 27 February, at least 30 people have been killed and 300 have been injured, several houses have been buried due to landslides in the worst affected areas of Hela and Southern Highlands provinces. The search and rescue operations are still ongoing and the death toll is expected to rise. For the time being local authorities have not request international support. (ECHO, 27 Feb 2018)

Date: 25 Feb 2018
Status: Ongoing

Preparation and Prepositioning

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:45
Louisville, Kentucky — Not expected to crest until late Monday or early Tuesday, rising water is already forcing evacuations up and down the Ohio River Valley.   This month’s extensive rains could bring the highest Ohio River levels since the devastating flood of 1997 – and the second highest in more than 50 years. Led by Bo Sells, Divisional Disaster Services Director, for The Salvation Army’s [READ MORE]

Uganda: Uganda: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2018

Reliefweb.int - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:00
GLIDE number: EP-2018-000021-UGA
Disaster type: Epidemic
Affected countries: Uganda

On 23 February 2018, the Uganda Ministry of Health notified WHO of an outbreak of cholera in Kyangwali refugee settlement, located in Hoima district in the western part of the country. The outbreak started on 15 February 2018 when the index case, a 60-year-old man from Sebigoro Landing Site, developed acute watery diarrhoea and vomiting.
On the same day (15 February 2018), two children – one from a refugee reception centre and the other from a new refugee settlement – died of acute watery diarrhoea and severe dehydration. Four stool specimens collected from the initial cases were shipped to the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) in Kampala. Culture test results released on 19 February 2018 showed that two of the specimens isolated Vibrio cholerae O1 serotype Inaba, confirming the outbreak. Additional two specimens subsequently tested positive.
As of 23 February 2018, a total of 700 suspected cholera cases, including 27 deaths (case fatality rate 3.9%) were reported. The affected population are mostly newly arrived refugees and a few members of the host community. The most affected places are a landing site at the shores of Lake Albert and new refugee settlements in the neighbourhood. (WHO, 23 Feb 2018)

Date: 23 Feb 2018
Status: Alert

Swoneky Shares Mission at State Emergency Partner Meeting

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:57
The Salvation Army’s Swoneky Division recently organized a presentation at the Southeast Ohio Emergency Management Association meeting.  The regional meeting was organized to hear more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services.  The request from directors was to communicate our disaster competencies, experiences, and to create a space for dialog.  The ongoing Ohio River flooding event currently impacting the [READ MORE]
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