Salvation Army Teams Return from Carolinas & Prepare for Hurricane Michael

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 17:40
Jackson, MS— With Hurricane Michael churning in the Gulf Coast and expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle today as a major Category 4 hurricane, Salvation Army emergency response teams throughout the southeastern United States are readying to respond. The last of The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi (ALM) Division teams headed home yesterday from Hurricane Florence service in the Carolinas—just in time to prepare [READ MORE]

Finding Perspective and Gratitude in North Carolina

Team Rubicon USA - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 15:04
I went to Team Rubicon to help others, and I gained gratitude and perspective in return.


Palu, Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami: Leaning in to Disaster Response

Team Rubicon USA - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 09:51
On September 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia, also triggering a tsunami that measured up to 18 feet in some areas. 1,649 people are known to have died following the earthquake and tsunami, and 265 are still missing. To date, 71,000 people have been displaced from their homes and are living in shelters. On … Read More


The Salvation Army Prepares for Hurricane Michael

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 08:54
LUTZ, FL (October 9, 2018) – After strengthening over the weekend, Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast as a Category 3 storm. The Salvation Army has placed all disaster relief resources across the state of Florida on standby, including mobile feeding kitchens, trained personnel, and supplies. The Salvation Army has established a command center in Tampa and is prepared to mobilize [READ MORE]

India: Tropical Cyclone Titli - Oct 2018 - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: TC-2018-000162-IND
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: India

The very severe cyclonic storm, ‘TITLI’ is being monitored by the coastal Doppler Weather Radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip. The latest observations indicate that the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘TITLI’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of about 18 kmph during past 06 hours and lay cantered at 1430 hrs IST of today, the 10th October 2018 over Westcentral Bay of Bengal near latitude 17.2°N and longitude 85.5°E, about 230 km south-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 190 km southeast of Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). It is very likely to intensify further during next 12 hours. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha & adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur & Kalingapatnam around morning of 11th October. Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually. (RSMC/India Meteorological Department, 10 Oct 2018)

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Date: 09 Oct 2018
Status: Alert

Restoring Power and Hope in the Wake of Hurricane Florence

Team Rubicon USA - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 10:22
A chance encounter with two TR members led to one Wilmington family getting their power and hope restored after their home was damaged during Hurricane Florence.


Haiti: Haiti: Earthquake - Oct 2018 - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: EQ-2018-000160-HTI
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Haiti

A 5.9 magnitude (11 km depth) earthquake struck off the Northwestern coast of Haiti on 7 October at 00:11 UTC. The epicentre of the earthquake was located about 19 km Northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix. The earthquake was felt across the country. There was no tsunami warning in effect. According to the Haitian Civil Protection Agency, 10 people have been killed and at least 135 people injured. The Agency also reports that some houses and buildings have been destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island.(DG ECHO, GDACS, USGS, 7 Oct 2018)

Date: 07 Oct 2018
Status: Alert

Honduras: Honduras: Floods - Oct 2018 - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: FL-2018-000164-HND
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Honduras

Heavy rains that started on 4 October in Honduras have caused flooding and landslides across the country. Most damage has been reported in Francisco Morazán, Valle, and Choluteca departments, where a red alert was issued by the government. 12,076 people have been affected by the floods. 963 homes were damaged, including 169 flooded, and nine completely destroyed. Among them, 7,234 people have been evacuated, and 6,789 moved to 78 temporary shelters....The COPECO (Comité de Alertas de la Comisión Permanente de Contingencias) announced on 10 October that it was monitoring the formation of another lowpressure system in the north of Darién gulf between Colombia and Panama over the next five days. This low-pressure system is likely to bring further heavy rainfalls, and there is a risk a cyclone might form...As of 11 October, the red and green alerts are still maintained for all eight affected departments in Honduras. Rain and hurricane seasons are expected to continue until November, likely to result in further flooding. (ACAPS, 11 Oct 2018)

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Date: 05 Oct 2018
Status: Alert

Salvation Army Hosts Congressmen Scalise and Rouzer at Hurricane Relief Center

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 17:06
Photo: Major Mark Craddock (center) tours Congressman Steve Scalise (on right) and Congressman David Rouzer (on left) through The Salvation Army's disaster distribution center in Wilmington, NC.  Opened in partnership with local government officials from New Hanover County, the center is providing assistance to survivors of Hurricane Florence. Wilmington, NC (October 4, 2018)  House Majority [READ MORE]

‘Major role’ for international community in long-term Indonesia disaster response says Salvation Army leader in Palu

Salvation Army - International - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:44
Speaking from his ruined hometown, Lieut-Colonel Yusak Tampai praises courage and determination of Salvationists and volunteers 2018-10-04T17:44:17Z
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The Salvation Army Responds to Active Shooter Incident in Florence, SC

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:47
Florence, S.C. (October 4, 2018) – On Wednesday afternoon, October 3, 2018, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster personnel in Florence, South Carolina deployed a mobile feeding unit and team to provide neighborhood residents, law enforcement and other first responders food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care following an active shooter incident in a residential area. One law enforcement officer was killed and six others were wounded.


Tragedy In The Midst of Disaster

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:07
Conway, SC -- Crisis serves to focus your attention – this is true for those in the midst of the crisis and those surrounded by it, responding to it.  During these times, it is easy to forget much of the world continues to move forward. When waist-deep in crisis – in the case of the flooding after Hurricane Florence this is both figurative and literal – you can become laser focused on a goal.  That focus might be finding [READ MORE]

Therapy Dogs Now Integral Part of Salvation Army Disaster Response

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:19
Wilmington, NC (October 3, 2018) – The Salvation Army has responded to every major disaster in the United States since the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas in 1900. For the first time in this long history of disaster response, The Salvation Army has partnered with Therapy Dogs International to work alongside them in relief efforts. Therapy Dogs International (TDI) is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping handlers [READ MORE]

Reservation to Salvation

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:19
Florence, SC (October 3, 2018) His name is Bridger, Bridger HoldsTheEnemy. That’s what it translates as from the original Crow language. Bridger grew up on a reservation of the Crow Nation in Montana. His father passed away before he was born and his mother battled alcoholism after. For the first five years of his life he shuttled among the homes of relatives and cared for a younger sibling. “I sort of had my childhood taken away,” [READ MORE]

The General Installs New Leaders for the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 18:29
London's Regent Hall was filled with Salvationists and friends to witness the installation of Commissioners Anthony and Gillian Cotterill as leaders 2018-10-02T23:29:23Z
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Salvation Army Participates in Multi-Agency Distribution

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:27
Conway, SC – The Waccamaw VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) stepped up in an amazing way to man multi-agency distributions to those impacted by the widespread flooding across Horry County, South Carolina.  As impressive as the distribution effort was, the work leading up to it was even more so. Staff and volunteers from Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Lowcountry Food Bank, United Way, Waccamaw Community Foundation and The [READ MORE]

Little Caesars Helps The Salvation Army Show Love to New Hanover County Staff

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 14:05
Wilmington, NC (October 2, 2018) – Having weathered Hurricane Florence and the flooding that followed, the residents of the Cape Fear region of North Carolina are now heading into the clean-up and recovery phase. The Salvation Army has been with them every step of the way, and will continue to aid in long-term recovery with valuable allies like the staff of New Hanover County. When presented with the opportunity from Little Caesars [READ MORE]

Everyone We Serve Has a Name

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:07
Florence, SC (October 1, 2018) Dillon, Gresham, Nichols, Sellers. Each are small communities served by The Salvation Army of Florence. On the morning of the first day of the new month, The Salvation Army prepared for another day of service to families and individuals who had been impacted by flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Two Mobile Feeding Units, one from Greenville, SC, and one from Shreveport, Louisiana, Emotional and Spiritual Care officers, [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Responder Helps Fellow Navy Mom Impacted by Florence

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:53
Wilmington, NC (October 1, 2018) - Susan Gilbert, proud Navy mom and Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army in Tupelo, Mississippi, found herself headed to North Carolina to serve as a Mobile Feeding Coordinator in the wake of Hurricane Florence. As the storm was coming through, Susan saw a fellow Navy mom post a request in their online group asking for prayers for her home and family. The woman, Theresa, lives in North Carolina [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Shares Hope and Help After Disasters

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:15
Conway, SC – The community is working to find a sense of normalcy, even as some parts of the community are still cut off by flood water.  On Sunday, community members and visitors filed into The Salvation Army’s chapel, passing fluttering flags and pallets of drinking water—a sign of the times. Those in attendance comforted each other and found comfort in the group—sharing stories of water damage, narrow-escape, and service [READ MORE]


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