Disaster Recovery

Piercing the Darkness: Shining a Light into the Community

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:22
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Clervania Lahens wasn’t expecting much for her birthday gift – perhaps some dark chocolate or a lovely bouquet of wildflowers.  She would have even settled for a few moments of peace and quiet, especially since she shares her home with her husband and two sets of twins ages 3 and 15, as well as her other children ages 5, 11, 17, and 20. Never in her wildest dreams would she have believed her birthday gift would [READ MORE]

Volunteer Discovered Passion to Serve Others at The Salvation Army

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:01
Dallas, Texas (September 18, 2017) – Staci Forester watched the forecast and reality of Hurricane Harvey unfold from her home in Ohio, as the storm caused devastation along the Texas coastline. The impact and catastrophic effect on Texans struck home with Staci, as she grew up in Fort Worth and has many family and friends living in the Lone Star state. Staci is a nurse with a background in emergency medical services, and first [READ MORE]

Paychecks Running Out, Businesses Still Closed After Irma, Army Meeting Need

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:10
Sebring, FL. –In Highlands County, Florida, power is slowly being restored but for many it’s been five days in the sweltering heat with no air conditioning, no water and no ice. As if that wasn’t enough, many businesses have not reopened and hourly workers have no new income. Melissa Gage is one of those workers. “Out of power since Sunday, it just seems like it keeps getting hotter,” [READ MORE]

Chaplain Deployed To Texas Describes Recovery Efforts, Experience

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:57
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity...
a time to tear down and a time to build”
(Ecclesiastes 3) On Monday, Sept. 10, I began my first day of a two-week deployment in Victoria, Texas doing hurricane relief work with The Salvation Army. I'm serving here on the Emotional & Spiritual Care Team. And after only a week, I've seen something that [READ MORE]

Hot Meals Bring Hope and a Sense of Community Across Lee County

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:21
(Fort Myers, FL) - One week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, The Salvation Army in Fort Myers continues to serve residents who are still without power. For many, hot meals served by The Salvation Army are the only meals they have had since before the storm. “It’s been a rocky road for us,” said Sharon Redman. “We’ve been trying to manage, but we’re doing the [READ MORE]

After Andrew ... After Irma ... Salvation Army Serves in Homestead, FL

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:50
Homestead, Fl - Janice McCray remembers the freight train sound hurricane Andrew made as her and the 13 members of her family huddled in a windowless restroom on the third floor of her apartment 25 years ago last month.  

“We opened the door to the restroom, walked out and looked up,” she said, “our roof was gone.”

Twenty-five years later, Janice once again huddled in a restroom [READ MORE]

Antigua and Barbuda: Hurricane Maria - Sep 2017

Reliefweb.int - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:00
GLIDE number: TC-2017-000136-ATG
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba (The Netherlands), British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe (France), Montserrat, Puerto Rico (The United States of America), Saint Barthélemy (France), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (The Netherlands)

Tropical Storm Maria has been upgraded to a category 3 hurricane as of Monday 18 September.

TS Maria constitutes a potential threat to the area previously affected by Hurricane Irma. (ECHO, 17 Sep 2017)

Date: 18 Sep 2017
Status: Alert

The Salvation Army Delivers!

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:26
It may not be pizza but it usually gets there in thirty minutes or less. It’s a Salvation Army officer delivering a meal to a Hurricane Irma survivor who can’t get out to the mobile feeding unit location. Sunday afternoon Captains Nakisha Carr and Natalie Jackson went door to door to reach residents of a Fernandina Beach, FL apartment complex who faced difficulty in reaching the site of The Salvation Army canteen set up in the parking lot a nearby [READ MORE]

We are Naples

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 17:10
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2017) – The pulsating buzz of activity rising from the parking lot of the Naples Coordinate is electric. This area, which serves as the staging area for The Army’s Collier County Hurricane Irma response team, is strategically covered with ten mobile feeding units, a field kitchen, three Polaris UTVs, pallets of supplies, and heavy duty equipment. Feverishly moving amongst the supplies and equipment, dedicated volunteers work to [READ MORE]

22 workers from 6 states in Sebring, Florida with 1 Goal...Bringing Hope

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 16:20
Sebring, FL – Hectic doesn’t begin to describe the last three weeks for The Salvation Army across the southern United States. Two major hurricanes in Harvey and Irma, and potentially a third in Maria. Canteen crews, staff, volunteers and equipment from all over the country have converged on Texas and Florida, and will for the forseeable future. That makes for some pretty interesting staffing situations. Like here in Sebring, Florida, officers, [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Harvey Update Houston, Saturday, Sept. 17

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 13:49
Houston, Texas (September 16, 2017) - Salvation Army workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Twenty-one (21) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to each serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to clean-up kits and other supplies. [READ MORE]

Emotional and Spiritual Care: Helping Families Recover after Disaster

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:43
Starke, FL (September 17, 2017)-His name is Jason, but he goes by Spiderman. His beautiful blue eyes are magnified by the thick glasses he wears. His goal for today is to find a playground to play on so he can practice his Spidey skills. Jason is five years old. During Irma, his apartment flooded. Jason’s clothes were high up in a closet, but the clothing of his three siblings and his mother were found strewn [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Serves in the Dark

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 10:25
Sebring, FL – Word has spread in Sebring, Florida and across Highlands County, when you see The Salvation Army canteen in front of the Family Store, food is ready. The Salvation Army is providing more than 3,000 meals a day, and it’s welcome relief for many residents and families in these towns of 10,000 people. Thousands in Highlands County are still affected every day by Hurricane Irma and its affects. 65% of residents [READ MORE]

I Saw The Salvation Army and I Knew You Would Listen: Finding Hope After Irma

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:39
Middleburg, FL (September 16, 2017)—A car drove into the parking lot at the Middleburg Library where The Salvation Army canteen from Goldsboro, N.C. was parked. A frail woman got out and motioned Salvation Army volunteer Danny Boyette over to her car. “I don’t need any food. I just need someone to talk to,” she told Danny. “I saw The Salvation Army and I knew you would listen.” She [READ MORE]

Mercy Chefs Do The Cooking in Rockport, Texas

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:28
Rockport, Texas (September 17, 2017) - The Salvation Army mobile feeding units are strategically stationed across the country, ready to respond to emergencies of all scales with the capacity to distribute hundreds of thousands of meals. Since Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas just three weeks ago, The Salvation Army have utilized these vehicles to provide more than 580,000 meals. To support emergency response operations, especially during [READ MORE]

They Lost Everything But Their Compassion for Others

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:13
St. Marys, GA (September 17, 2017) - An elderly couple tossed a ruined family photograph on to the growing piled of their flood-wrecked possessions. They lost everything when Hurricane Irma swept into their single story home. During the storm they stayed up all night fruitlessly attempting to sweep the water out with brooms. Then, exhausted and drenched, they surrendered their belongings to 12 inches of dirty water and retreated to higher ground. When [READ MORE]

Hurricane Survivors Find Comfort in Christ

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 08:57
Brunswick, GA (September 17, 2017) – “I have been trying to find something else to focus on so I can forget all of this,” said a Hurricane Irma survivor. First a family member got cancer, then the death of a loved one, and then her mother began the long road of Alzheimer’s. Add to that Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma. This woman survived one calamity after the other. Now, at the end of her emotional rope, she was ready [READ MORE]

My Wife and I Have Cried a River in the Past Few Days: Finding Hope after Irma

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 19:45
Middleburg, FL (September 16, 2017)—Sam walked up to The Salvation Army canteen parked on the main road that runs through Middleburg, Florida. He looked hot, tired, and was covered from head to toe with dirt. “I’m glad you are here. Can I get something to drink and take one back for my wife? We have been working on our house since this morning,” he said. Sam lives a quarter mile [READ MORE]

Always Enough Room on the Ark

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 19:30
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2017) – Most would think that already hosting in a 2 bedroom apartment  14 bodies looking for a place to lay their heads, 14 stomachs waiting for a nutritious meal, and 14 minds needing to be calmed amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Irma was enough but most are not Hilda Martinez. For her, there is always enough room on the ark.  Hilda, along with her husband, Jose, happened upon one of The Salvation Army’s [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Serves Over 3,000 meals Saturday Across Highlands County, FL

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 16:35
(Sebring, FL) – Word has spread in Sebring, Florida and across Highlands County, when you see The Salvation Army canteen in front of the Family Store, food is ready. It’s relief for many residents and families. Taina Mirio, stopped by with her daughter to pick up meals for her whole household. “It’s been very bad,” said Mirio. “I’ve thrown [READ MORE]


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