Empire State Division EDS Serves at Multi-Agency Resource Center in Response to Albany Block Fire

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:29
Albany, New York – On Wednesday May 22, 2019, The Salvation Army Albany Area Services EDS Team participated in a Multi-Agency Resources Center (MARC) at the request of the City of Albany and Capitol Region Organizations Assisting in Disasters (CROAD) in response to a large block fire that destroyed seven homes on Bradford Street in the City Sunday morning, The incident began at 5:00am Sunday at 140 Bradford Street and quickly spread through the shared walls [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Closely Monitoring Flooding in Areas of Arkansas and Oklahoma

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 22:16
Oklahoma City, OK (May 22, 2019) The Salvation Army is closely monitoring flood conditions in parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma as rivers continue to rise from recent torrential rains. Flooding is currently ongoing, and more flooding is forecast in the upcoming days as rivers continue to rise. “Several rivers are already at flood stage,” says Major Ben Lawrence, Divisional Secretary for The Arkansas-Oklahoma Salvation Army. “We are closely [READ MORE]

Governor Abbott Names Vice Chair And Appoints Five To OneStar National Service Commission

One Star Foundation - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 08:17
Governor Abbott Names Vice Chair And Appoints Five To OneStar National Service Commission

May 20, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Lonnie Hsia and Lori Stevens and reappointed Kirk Beckert, Ronnie Hagerty, Ph.D., and Roger O’Dell to the OneStar National Service Commission for terms set to expire on March 3, 2021. Additionally, the Governor named Annette Juba vice chair. The Board promotes volunteerism in Texas and oversees the administration of the AmeriCorps programs for the state.

Lonnie Hsia of Round Rock is a project manager at Applied Materials. He is a member of Project Management Institute and Agile Austin. He is a volunteer with CASA of Williamson County, Asian Family Support Services of Austin, and Refugee Services of Texas and a former volunteer with the SAFE Alliance. Hsia received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alaska and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Lori Stevens of Royse City is the CEO and Founder of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, an organization that raises and trains service dogs for disabled veterans. She has over 30 years of professional dog training experience and is an active member and evaluator for Assistance Dogs International, the only accreditation organization for service dogs worldwide. She is also a member of the International Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Stevens graduated from North Garland High School and the Animal Behavior University in San Diego and earned certifications from Karen Pryor Academy and as a professional trainer.

Kirk Beckert of Richardson is retired and is formerly the chief marketing officer at Texans Can Academies. Prior to that, he worked for Summit Consolidated Group and served as a teacher and coach at Richardson Independent School District. He has served in leadership positions as a board member of the Texas Association of Business and member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Beckert received a Bachelor of Science in hotel administration from Cornell University. He also completed graduate studies at the University of North Texas and holds a Region 10 alternative certification in special education.

Ronnie Hagerty, Ph.D. of Houston is assistant vice president of community relations and talent management for the United Way of Greater Houston. She is an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and former lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She serves as a board member for The Rose, and as an advisory committee member for the Houston Arts Alliance, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Career Gear, and University of Houston Downtown Master’s in Nonprofit Management program. She is a member of the PowerTools for Nonprofits Advisory Board and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. She was previously a member of Renewing our Communities Advisory Committee and the American Diabetes Association. Hagerty received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Saint Mary’s College – Notre Dame, Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston, and Doctor of Philosophy in leadership and change from Antioch University.

Roger O’Dell of El Paso is the executive director of Model Cities-El Paso and MRE/Higher Ground Hosting. He also owns PosiTrend Industries which serves as an energy cost containment consulting firm. Previously, he was the manager of credit and collections for El Paso Electric Company. He is a life member of the El Paso Jaycees and Junior Chamber International JCI Senate. He has previously held leadership positions in the community as co-founder and member of the El Paso Character Council, chairman of the Rio Grande Economics Association and Hospice of El Paso, co-founder of El Paso’s East Side Civic Association, member of El Paso Auto Theft Task Force, alumni member of the U.S. Marshalls Citizen Academy, board member of El Paso Pregnancy Help Center, and former chairman of deacons and chairman of trustees of Immanuel Baptist Church. O’Dell received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Annette Juba of Austin is the deputy director for AGE of Central Texas, a regional non-profit organization serving older adults and their family caregivers. She is former co-chair of the Aging Services Council and a University Field Affiliate in The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Juba received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Science in social work from The University of Texas at Austin.


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Governor Abbott Names Chair, Vice Chair And Appoints Six To OneStar Foundation

One Star Foundation - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 08:16
Governor Abbott Names Chair, Vice Chair And Appoints Six To OneStar Foundation

May 20, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Robert G. “Bob” Wright, II to the OneStar Foundation for a term set to expire on March 3, 2021. Additionally, the Governor appointed Elexis Grimes and Michael Parker for terms set to expire on March 3, 2020 and reappointed Yvonne S. “Bonnie” Brown, Benjamin A. Montañez, and Randy H. Skinner for terms set to expire on March 3, 2022. The Governor named Wright as chair and Brown as vice chair. The OneStar Foundation provides technical assistance, education, information and other support to Texas’ extensive volunteer community, and improving and strengthening the state’s volunteerism and community service infrastructure.

Robert G. “Bob” Wright, II is founding member and lead corporate and finance attorney of Wright Connatser PLLC. He is a senior lecturer on entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Dallas. Previously, he built and managed two computer game companies – ION Storm and Edge of Reality. He has served as a member of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee and as member of the Camp Fire USA Board of Trustees.  Wright received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Allegheny College and a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University.

Elexis Grimes of Cedar Park is the managing director of the Texas division of WEXCO International and serves as a School Board Member of Leander ISD. She is a former member of the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality and served on the steering and financial committees for Leander ISD. Currently, she volunteers with the Reveal Resource Center and previously with CARES. Grimes received a Bachelor of Science from New Mexico State University.

Michael Parker of Weatherford is managing partner of Parker LLP, a regional transportation and insurance litigation law firm. He currently holds the rank of Major in the Texas State Guard, and previously served with distinction in the California State Military Reserves. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association and its Ethics Committee, Access to Justice Committee, and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the United States Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces and the International Association of Special Investigation Units and a lifetime member of the State Guard Association of the United States and the National Guard Association of Texas. He is chair of the State Guard Association of the United States – JAG Training Academy. Parker received a Bachelor of Science from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Whittier Law School.

Yvonne S. “Bonnie” Brown of Raymondville is co-owner of three small businesses. Previously, she served as a high school teacher for 30 years. She is currently on the board of the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce and serves as secretary of the Harlingen Concert Association Board. Additionally, she is a board member of Communities Against Substance Abuse and has served on several non-profit boards including La Posada Providencia, HOPE board and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Brown received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Education from Pan American University.

Benjamin A. Montañez of San Antonio is a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright. His practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, and public company reporting and corporate governance matters. Previously, he was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, and served in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and Washington, D.C. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, he is a board member of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation. Montañez received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, a Master of Letters in International Business from the University of St. Andrews, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Randy H. Skinner of Dallas is the president of Strategic Justice Initiatives, Inc. and FEED 3 Inc. He is the former chairman of the City of Dallas Ethics Commission. He serves on the Re-Build Port Aransas committee in response to Hurricane Harvey Coastal Bend recovery. Additionally, he advises governmental municipalities on Opportunity Zones and Urban Revitalization. Skinner received a Bachelor of Arts from Howard Payne University and a Master of Divinity from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.


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Mass Response to the Call ‘Ready to Serve?’ at India South Western Youth Event

Salvation Army - International - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 06:21
On the final day of the ‘Ready to Serve’ event, more than 500 young people encountered the Holy Spirit and dedicated themselves to God 2019-05-22T11:21:13Z
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The Salvation Army Continues to Help People Affected by Cyclone Idai

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:57
More than two months after Cyclone Idai swept through southern Africa, The Salvation Army is helping people to rebuild their lives and homes 2019-05-21T20:57:34Z
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Rooftop Repasts

Team Rubicon USA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:13
Don’t ask Ron Najarro about wielding a hammer. Don’t ask him about the roofs the Greyshirts are nailing on, or the floorboards Elliott Tucker and team are installing throughout Collier County. Ask him what to eat instead. And then ask him where. Najarro may have a passion for military service, and for serving post military, … Read More


The Salvation Army Delivering Support After Central Texas Tornadoes

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 23:42
Dallas, Texas (May 20, 2019) – Severe storms produced destructive tornadoes in Central Texas over the weekend, May 18-19, 2019. Neighborhoods in the cities of San Angelo and Abilene sustained significant damage and The Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers quickly mobilized to deliver assistance and support to those affected. In Abilene, Saturday, Salvation Army staff and volunteers roamed affected neighborhoods and distributed [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Mobilizes for Flood Assistance in Texas

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:46
Freeport, Texas The Salvation Army Freeport Corps is responding to flooding across Brazoria County, Texas. Residents are still dealing with massive flooding after the area was drenched during last week's storms. “The County Emergency Manager asked us to be prepared to assist and we have our teams out providing a hot meal and a word of encouragement” stated Freeport Corps Officer Captain Justin [READ MORE]

Passing the Torch in Houston

Team Rubicon USA - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 16:01
Tonight, eight Clay Hunt Fellows of Cohort 6, all military veterans who came from across the country and have spent the past year helping rebuild Houston after Harvey, will graduate after their year of service. The Karbach Brewery biergarten is the perfect setting. It’s a colorful spot situated in the middle of a gray industrial … Read More


Salvation Army Joins Partners at NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour Stop in Charlotte

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:47
Charlotte, NC - It’s not every day that you hear “Charlotte” and “hurricane” in the same sentence. It certainly was the case 30 years ago, when Hurricane Hugo devastated the Charlotte area. And, then again, last week, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Awareness Tour made one of its five stops at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The Salvation Army, represented by NSC Division [READ MORE]

Empire State Division EDS Holds Full Scale Mass Care Exercise

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:12
Syracuse, NY – The Salvation Army Empire State Division Emergency Disaster Services conducted a Full-Scale Exercise on Saturday May 11, 2019 at Long Point Camp to test the ability to respond to a Family Reunification Center and provide Mass Feeding and Emotional and Spiritual Care to over 300 simulated High School students.  For the exercise, two Disaster Response Units were brought in from Rochester, NY and Canandaigua, NY while Feeding and ESC volunteers from Sidney, [READ MORE]

The Chief of the Staff and Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham Share with Salvationists and Supporters Across the USA Southern Territory

Salvation Army - International - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:49
The visit to the USA Southern by the Chief of the Staff and Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham (WSWM) began in Birmingham, Alabama 2019-05-13T09:49:18Z
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The Salvation Army Helps Multiple Communities Affected by Recent Storms

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 16:41
May 11, 2019 – Oklahoma City, OK - The Salvation Army of Arkansas and Oklahoma is providing emergency disaster services after a series of severe storms have impacted the two states since April 30.   A State of Emergency has been declared for over 70 counties across Arkansas and Oklahoma.  Flooding is becoming an issue in many areas of both states due to the amount of rain received over the past several weeks. Pine Bluff, [READ MORE]

Buffalo NY EDS Responds to Three Alarm Fire Overnight

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 08:00
Buffalo, NY - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team based in Buffalo, NY (Erie County) responded to a three alarm residential fire on Elmwood Avenue in the City of Buffalo Wednesday morning. The team provided canteen and hydration services to over 120 firefighters and first responders who were involved in fighting the large fire that impacted three homes.  The Salvation Army also provided water, snacks, blankets and emotional and [READ MORE]

Sarpy-Cass DRC Announces New Operating Hours

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:36
SALVATION ARMY SARPY-CASS DISASTER RESOURCE CENTER (DRC) ANNOUNCES NEW OPERATING HOURS AS FLOOD-RELIEF EFFORT MOVES INTO LONG-TERM RECOVERY PHASE   With flood-relief work now moving into the long-term recovery phase across most of The Salvation Army Western Division’s three-state geography, the Sarpy-Cass DRC’s operating hours are set to change.   Starting [READ MORE]

Council Bluffs (IA) Corps Expands Flood-Relief Efforts in Southwest Iowa with New Feeding Operation and Outreach Effort

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 16:43
SALVATION ARMY COUNCIL BLUFFS CORPS EXPANDS FLOOD-RELIEF EFFORTS IN SOUTHWEST IOWA WITH NEW FEEDING OPERATION AND OUTREACH EFFORT   The Salvation Army Council Bluffs Corps continues working its flood-relief efforts in southwest Iowa seven days a week—and is branching into new endeavors as it goes.   On Wednesday evenings starting May 8, the Corps [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Responds to Flooding in Three Canadian Provinces

Salvation Army - International - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 09:58
Rapidly melting snow and heavy rain has had a devastating effect on three Canadian provinces. The Salvation Army has been responding. 2019-05-01T14:58:24Z
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Chief of the Staff Leads Easter Celebrations at Croydon Citadel

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:50
The four-day Easter celebrations began on the evening of Maundy Thursday with a meditation of Easter music 2019-04-30T15:50:30Z
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Democratic People's Republic of Korea: DPR Korea: Drought - Apr 2019 - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 19:00
GLIDE number: DR-2019-000042-PRK
Disaster type: Drought
Affected countries: Democratic People's Republic of Korea

DPRK is currently experiencing a challenging food insecurity situation. Unusually little precipitation during the winter and spring so far is posing a serious threat to the spring harvest, at a time when the harvest in 2018 was the worst in a decade. Entering 2019, DPRK has experienced unusually erratic weather conditions with little precipitation, limiting the soil moisture for growth of winter and planting of spring crops as well as replenishment of water reservoirs for irrigation.

DPRK is already suffering from a protracted food crisis, making the population vulnerable to any further losses of harvest or food. Food production in 2018 in DPRK was the lowest over the past decade. It was 9.22 percent less than in 2017 and 10.66 percent less than the previous six-year average (2012-2017). According to FAO, the sharp decline of production was due to a decrease in total cropped area as well as yields. The yields suffered badly during the disasters in DPRK in 2018: heatwave, floods, and landslides. (IFRC, 6 May 2019)

Date: 30 Apr 2019
Status: Alert


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