Salvation Army Hurricane Dorian Response Adapts to Meet Needs in The Bahamas

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 09:51
Two months after the devastating Hurricane Dorian hit large swathes of The Bahamas, The Salvation Army’s emergency response continues 2019-11-12T15:51:05Z
Categories: NGOs

For Their Country, Veterans Go From Battledress to Grey Shirts

Team Rubicon USA - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:16
There is no must. There is no requirement to serve. In the United States, service is voluntary. Men and women sign up for the military. Fundamentally, they volunteer their time, their bodies, their minds. Sure, they get paid, but there’s more to it than that. Here, service is not compulsory, it’s a choice.  Perhaps that’s … Read More



Team Rubicon USA - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:49
Veterans Day is one of the holidays that means something more to all of us at Team Rubicon. We respond when disaster strikes at home and abroad, and we do so with a volunteer force made up of mostly military veterans. So, first and foremost, thank you to each generation of service men and women … Read More


World Leader of The Salvation Army General Brian Peddle meets His Holiness Pope Francis

Salvation Army - International - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:48
The Salvation Army's international leader spent time in discussion and prayer with the Pope at the Vatican 2019-11-08T15:48:04Z
Categories: NGOs

Retired General Bramwell H. Tillsley is Promoted to Glory

Salvation Army - International - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 10:02
General Bramwell H. Tillsley (Retired), The Salvation Army’s 14th international leader, was promoted to Glory on 2 November 2019 2019-11-04T16:02:42Z
Categories: NGOs

The General and Commissioner Peddle visit Asbury University and USA National Headquarters

Salvation Army - International - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 09:37
General Brian Peddle visited Asbury University to speak at a student chapel service, before a trip to the Army's USA National Headquarters 2019-11-04T15:37:14Z
Categories: NGOs

Answering the Call to Multiple Wildfires, The Salvation Army is Providing Assistance at Shelters

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 14:32
Thousand Oaks, CA. (October 30, 2019)  - The Thousand Oaks Community Center (2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks) saw an influx of evacuees as the nearby Easy Fire threatened thousands of homes. The Salvation Army, staffed with volunteers from theVentura Corps and Ventura Hope Center, was on site to serve 69 meals and provide spiritual ministry. It would be the 13th wildfire The Salvation Army would address [READ MORE]

To Withstand Hurricanes a Home Goes Gold

Team Rubicon USA - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:30
When Team Rubicon hands the keys to a home on Houston’s Tampa Street back to the owner next Friday, they’ll be turning over gold. The house, which Team Rubicon rebuilt following damage from Hurricane Harvey, is the first home in Texas to earn a Fortified Hurricane Gold certification. Developed by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home … Read More


Bangladesh: Tropical Cyclone Matmo/Bulbul - Nov 2019 - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 19:00
GLIDE number: TC-2019-000147-BGD
Disaster type: Flood, Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam

Tropical Cyclone MATMO formed over the South China Sea on 29 October, moving west-northwest towards Vietnam. On 30 October at 0.00 UTC, its centre was approximately 275 km east-southeast of Quy Nhon City (Binh Dinh Province, central Vietnam) with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (tropical storm). (ECHO, 30 Oct 2019)

Tropical depression MATMO was moving into Cambodia from Vietnam on 31 October and is expected to bring heavy rain to the central part of Thailand, where temperatures are also dropping over next few days. Strong winds and heavy rains have resulted in power loss and damaged buildings and houses in the southern central provinces of Binh Din and Phú Yên, Vietnam. The authorities evacuated around 15,000 households to safer places. A considerable rise of the water level of Rivers in Phú Yên, including Cai River have been observed representing a high flooding risk. In Quang Ngãi Province, many houses were damaged and trees were uprooted, particularly in local southern districts. (ECHO, 1 Nov 2019)

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control of Vietnam reported, that Typhoon Matmo has destroyed 179 houses, damaged 2,314 buildings and 35 schools in the provinces of Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Gia Lai and Thua Thien Hue. As of 4 November, 1 person is reported missing, 14 people have been injured and 20,000 displaced. (ECHO, 4 Nov 2019)

After passing over south-east Asia, Tropical Cyclone MATMO has reformed over the Bay of Bengal. On 7 November its centre was approximately 480 km south-west of Ayeyarwady Region...with maximum sustained winds of 93 km/h...On 7-8 November, rain and thunderstorms are forecast over eastern Myanmar, Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India) and strong winds in West Bengal. Preparedness planning is ongoing in the Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh, which hosts close to a million refugees. (ECHO, 7 Nov 2019)

The severe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm as it moves towards the West Bengal and Bangladesh coast. The system is likely to intensify further before turning north-east across the West Bengal - Bangladesh coast between Sagar Islands and Khepupara, across Sundarbans delta on 10 November with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 km/h to 135 km/h. Heavy to very heavy rain and strong winds are forecast over West Bengal and Odisha coasts in India, and Khulna and Barisal divisions in Bangladesh over the next 4 days. (ECHO, 8 Nov 2019)

As of 10 November, the system has weakened to a Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 80-90 km/h and centred over Southwestern part of Bangladesh. It is expected to further move northeasterly direction and weaken gradually. Significant damage of thatched houses, loss of standing crops (rice, vegetables, pulses, betel vine and orchards) and disruption of communications due to tree fall have been reported in the 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts of West Bengal (India) and in Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Borguna districts in Bangladesh. Localized flooding also informed due to storm surge and damaged embankments. (ECHO, 10 Nov 2019)

Date: 01 Nov 2019
Status: Ongoing

I was a career first responder who found a new home

Team Rubicon USA - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 15:07
This First Responders Day, I’d like to share a little about my experience and my career as a first responder.   I served 27 years with Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACOFD), retiring as a Captain. It was nothing short of a dream career and a career of a lifetime. I can honestly say I … Read More



Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 13:06
Kincade Fire Talking Points (Wednesday, October 30) Fire Info:
  • Fire started northeast of Geyserville late Wednesday, October 23
  • As of Wednesday morning (10-30) the fire was more than 76,000 acres and 30% contained
  • At least 206 structures have been destroyed and 40 structures have been damaged (check this link for the latest: [READ MORE]


Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 13:00
The Salvation Army Continues To Assist Kincade Fire Evacuees As Fire Crews Increase Containment Nonprofit has served at least 6,000 meals to evacuees in just a week since the fire began What:   The Salvation Army is continuing to feed Kincade Fire evacuees in Napa, San Rafael and Petaluma. So far, the nonprofit has served approximately 6,000 meals [READ MORE]

El Salvador: El Salvador: Floods - Oct 2019 - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 19:00
GLIDE number: FL-2019-000136-SLV
Disaster type: Flash Flood, Flood, Land Slide
Affected countries: El Salvador

Heavy precipitation in El Salvador began on 12 October 2019 due to the influence and combination of a lowpressure system. The continual rain led caused rockslides and landslides, as well as falling trees and collapse of slopes, which disrupted transit on highways and roads. Unofficial figures report that at least four people have died following the heavy rain that caused the current flooding and landslides in the country. The heavy rains led to a landslide and 70-metre deep hole in the Santa Lucia, Ilopango municipality in the San Salvador department. Hundreds of people were evacuated. Six homes were destroyed and around 400 others (of which 103 have been declared uninhabitable by Civil Protection) are at risk of collapse. To date, these households have received scarce support to address their short-term housing needs. (IFRC, 28 Oct 2019)

Date: 28 Oct 2019
Status: Ongoing

The Salvation Army Serves Corinth Community After Saturday's Severe Weather

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 10/27/2019 - 15:54
Corinth, Mississippi (October 27, 2019) - The Salvation Army is serving the public after Saturday's severe weather, which caused power outages and tree and wind damage to an unknown number of homes in the Corinth area. The Salvation Army of Corinth is providing meals for a local shelter that has opened in the wake of the storm. In addition to serving displaced residents, The Salvation Army is also providing meals for work crews at the request of the local Emergency Management Agency [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Reaching Unserved Areas After North Texas Tornadoes

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 15:28
DALLAS, Texas (October 24, 2019) – The Salvation Army North Texas Area Command shifted its geographic focus farther east for lunch service yesterday to Dallas’s northeast suburb of Richardson. A catering truck roamed through affected areas of the community to serve food, water, and snacks. Farther east, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services staff drove through Garland and Sachse in an effort to identify areas of [READ MORE]

A Letter from Chris Bugbee, OneStar’s New President & CEO

One Star Foundation - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 14:58

On October 2nd, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Chris Bugbee to the role of President & CEO of OneStar Foundation. As we transition into a new and exciting chapter in our leadership, Chris offers his greetings to our friends and partners and shares his priorities for the future of OneStar. You can read Chris' full bio here.

Dear friends of OneStar, 

I am humbled and honored to be appointed as OneStar Foundation’s President & CEO. It has been my privilege to serve as Chief Operating Officer since 2006, and over the past 13 years, I have cultivated a deep appreciation for the unique role OneStar fulfills as a bridge between nonprofits, government, business, and the citizens of Texas. I want to extend my gratitude to Elizabeth Darling for her vision and guidance, and I look forward to building on the legacy of past OneStar leaders. 

When OneStar was established in 2003, the Governor described Texans as “a dedicated and selfless people who have a long and proud history of responding when their neighbors need help” and cited the power of volunteer action to “transform our communities, our families and the lives of individual Texans, and enrich the life of the volunteer.” OneStar was created to harness and promote this extraordinary Texan spirit of service, and as we embark on a new chapter together, I look to this founding intent as my inspiration and guiding motivation. I share in your passion to make the great state of Texas even greater by strengthening our communities, supporting our neighbors in need, and finding long-term solutions to pressing social needs. To achieve this, I will be focusing on the following priorities. 

  • First, I will spend the coming weeks and months listening: reaching out to our stakeholders to learn directly from you how OneStar can best support your efforts and collaborate to best meet our shared goals. In a state as large as Texas, we need diverse solutions to address the complex and unique challenges that face our communities. I invite you to reach out and share your feedback and ideas on how we can better work together to achieve your goals.
  • Second, I will be aligning our strategies and clarifying OneStar’s role at the intersection of the public and private sectors. We have the privilege to work with a wide variety of partners – from state agencies and corporations to city councils and grassroots nonprofits – united by a common goal of making Texas a better place to live and work. By bringing these parties together and championing a range of needs and interests, OneStar is uniquely situated to foster collaborations that can lead to improved cross-sector communication and sustainable action.
  • Third, I hope to inspire more Texans to serve by being creative and flexible in the ways that we engage people. Service is a powerful vehicle for change that is boundlessly adaptable to the needs of your community, and in these busy times, OneStar wants to support Texans to give back in a way that makes sense to them. I want every Texan to be aware of the power they have to take action and make a difference, whether that be participating in a year of national service with AmeriCorps, or just speaking up for someone in need.

I would like to thank the OneStar board and staff and all our partners for your incredible support during this transition, and I look forward to continuing our dialogue and exploring opportunities to build on our current success. 

Warmest regards,

Chris Bugbee
OneStar Foundation

Categories: NGOs

Kenya: Kenya: Floods - Oct 2019 - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 19:00
GLIDE number: FL-2019-000138-KEN
Disaster type: Flash Flood, Flood, Land Slide
Affected countries: Kenya

Heavy rain has been affecting several counties since last week, causing flash flooding and landslides. According to media reports, as of 24 October, 9 people have died as a result, 4 in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, 4 in Wajir county and 1 in Turkana County. Thousands of people have been displaced and roads and houses have been damaged. (ECHO, 24 Oct 2019)

[H]eavy rain has affected large areas over the last week, causing flash flooding and landslides. The northern and north-eastern counties are most affected; as of 24 October, at least 21 people have died, thousands have been displaced, and houses, roads and other infrastructure have been damaged. The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned of continued, countrywide heavy rain and strong winds over the coming days. Further severe flooding is predicted, particularly along the Tana River. (ECHO, 26 Oct 2019)

Based on data from Kenya Red Cross staff and volunteers a total of 14,083HHs (approx. 84,367 people) have been affected, 21 deaths reported with 2 others injured. The number of displaced households is currently estimated at 6,000HHs. In addition, 531 acres of farmland have been destroyed and 21,675 livestock have been washed away. Assessments are continuously ongoing with a possibility of a significant increase in the number of affected populations. (IFRC, 29 Oct 2019)

Date: 24 Oct 2019
Status: Ongoing

The Salvation Army of North Texas Distributes Meals in Neighborhoods Affected by Tornadoes

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 14:30
DALLAS, Texas (October 22, 2019) – After nine tornadoes struck parts of North Texas on Sunday night, The Salvation Army stationed a mobile disaster kitchen at Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in North Dallas where a team of volunteers cooked food for disaster survivors. Once prepared, the food was packaged and transferred to two smaller food distribution trucks that were driven by workers into affected neighborhoods. Two hundred meals were also delivered [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Serving Affected Neighborhoods After Dallas Tornado

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 14:23
Dallas, Texas (October 21, 2019) – The Salvation Army of North Texas is providing assistance in affected communities after severe weather spawned a tornado that struck the Dallas area on Sunday evening. Several neighborhoods were left without power and structural damage has been reported throughout the areas of the city. A mobile kitchen and crew from The Salvation Army in Lewisville was activated on Sunday night and provided snacks [READ MORE]

Somalia: Somalia: Floods - Oct 2019 - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 19:00
GLIDE number: FL-2019-000133-SOM
Disaster type: Flash Flood, Flood
Affected countries: Somalia

Moderate to heavy rains continued in many parts of Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands over the last one week. River levels at Belet Weyne (Shabelle) are currently very high and the trend is expected to continue reaching over bank in the coming few days. Along Juba, the river levels are also high. The cumulative rainfall forecast for the coming week is calling for moderate to heavy rains across the country as well as the Ethiopian highlands. The river levels will therefore continue to rise with a high risk of flooding along the entire two channels. Flash floods are expected in built-up and low lying areas of Bay, Bakool and central regions given the forecast. (FAO, 18 Oct 2019)

Latest reports received in the evening of 21 October indicate that nearly 40 per cent of Belet Weyne town has been affected by flooding with an estimated 72,000 people having moved to Ceel Jaale highlands and surrounding areas. All villages in the north of Belet Weyne town have been affected and humanitarian partners are yet to establish the number of people displaced in these areas. The situation is further compounded by flooding from an outburst of minor tributaries in Belet Weyne, which has caused damage to farmland in villages such as Hawo Taako. Significant portions of crop land were also flooded in Bardheere in Gedo region, (where the river is already at bank full) and Bualle. Riverine communities have been asked to vacate their homes to higher ground with immediate effect. The rains will continue in the next seven days and river levels will continue to rise, further worsening the flood situation. (OCHA, 21 Oct 2019)

Date: 18 Oct 2019
Status: Alert
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