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Help is Here in Houston

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 09:13
Houston, Texas (September 8, 2017) – Caroline and Victor Martinez had their hands full during the past year. Raising their own four children on one income, along with two nieces and one nephew, was a real struggle. Their home in Fort Bend was flooded following a 20-inch rainfall in May 2016. After the flood, Victor had a heart attack that Caroline attributes to the stress of losing everything in the flood and attempting to rebuild. The family of 10 has been living in a trailer [READ MORE]

Emotional & Spiritual Care Speaks to the Hearts of Houstonians

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 09:08
As Houstonians continue with the arduous task of putting their lives back together in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army’s Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) givers are on the front lines offering prayer, comfort and hope. Majors Jamie Pennington, and Sujung Na are among dozens of Salvation Army officers serving on the ESC team in Houston.  They are dispatched to the hardest hit areas of the community where the streets are lined with piles of junk - – [READ MORE]

Sending Love and Supplies from Kansas to Texas

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 22:05
Dawn Robins has lived in Houston for 23 years although she is originally from southern Indiana. She is a proud graduate of New Albany High School, class of 1989. When Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas, she received several calls and messages from family and friends checking on her well-being. One such message was from a fellow New Albany class mate, Chief Tim Whitham, now with the Edwardsville Fire Department in Kansas. “Once Tim found out we were safe [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army of the Carolinas - Ready to Serve

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 14:03
Charlotte, N.C. (September 9, 2017)–Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) teams are on standby throughout North and South Carolina, ready to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers as Hurricane IRMA barrels its way toward Florida. Current computer models project IRMA making landfall in southwest Florida with a projected path into Georgia.  Counties along the South Carolina/Georgia border [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Partners with Feeding America of Tampa Bay to Distribute Meals

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 13:07
(Tampa, Fla.) Sept. 9, 2017 – As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma’s impact, The Salvation Army is partnering with state partners to support families and individuals who may be impacted by the storm. The Salvation Army of Florida gave more than 82,000 bottles of water and more than 27,000 boxes of shelf-stable meals to Feeding America of Tampa Bay.

The water and shelf-stable meals are being delivered to Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties, [READ MORE]

Georgia Readies as Irma Churns Toward U.S.

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:15
ATLANTA, GA (September 9, 2017) – Irma is intense, powerful, and huge. These types of hurricanes are bad news. It isn’t a kind forecast in store for Florida and Georgia as Irma relentlessly churns its way toward the U.S. Over five million Floridians and over half a million Georgians were asked to evacuate ahead of the massive storm taking aim to cut a swath of devastation up the Florida peninsula and into Georgia. Georgia Governor Nathan [READ MORE]

Disaster responses: A special message from General André Cox

Salvation Army - International - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 04:36
As The Salvation Army responds to disasters across the Caribbean, the southern states of the USA and South Asia, General Cox brings a special message websa@salvationarmy.org 2017-09-09T09:36:46Z
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Bringing Light to Those Suffering from Hurricane Harvey

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:00
Houston, Texas (September 8, 2017) – The two-person Salvation Army crew from Kentucky rolled into Houston after dark on August 29. Just as they were ready to head out on their mobile feeding unit the following morning, residents in the Redwood Heights apartments were seeing the sun – and dry ground – for the first time in days. Their day was made a little brighter when Lt. Jane Monroe and Capt. Sarah Quinn arrived in their parking lot in north Houston. Before [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army ALM Serving on Two Fronts, Waiting for Irma

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 15:59
JACKSON, MS – The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi is working to help residents affected by Harvey in Texas as well as evacuees leaving Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. Currently, twelve mobile feeding trucks or canteens with staff are working to provide food, drinks, snacks and emotional and spiritual care in several parts of Texas. As of Friday evening, The Salvation Army in Dothan and Selma, Alabama will support shelters [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army of Florida Activates All Units as Irma Threatens the State

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:05
(Tampa) Sept. 8, 2017 - While Florida residents are evacuating their communities in Hurricane Irma’s wake, Salvation Army units across the state are leaning in, ready to serve the affected communities with simple comforts: food, water and compassion.

All 47 Salvation Army units – from Pensacola to south Florida – are on standby and eager to assist residents in need.

Along with the 32 canteens (mobile kitchens), [READ MORE]

General Andre Cox Visits Houston in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:56
Houston, Texas (September 7, 2017) – The world leader of The Salvation Army, General André Cox, spent the day in Houston visiting with families impacted by Hurricane Harvey, as well as Salvation Army workers providing disaster relief. “It’s been humbling to see how The Army has been responding here in Houston. I’m not sure that I remember any time in recent history that we have had to mobilize just about all of our emergency response units [READ MORE]

South Texas Response Continues as General André Cox Visits Houston

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:34
Dallas, Texas (September 8, 2017) – As relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey continue across Southeast Texas, the international leader of The Salvation Army, General André Cox, visited Houston Thursday. General Cox spent the day meeting with The Salvation Army leadership team, visiting with survivors, and encouraging Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers involved in the response efforts. On Thursday morning, as teams prepared to depart for [READ MORE]

Camp Hope

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:16
Corpus Christi, TX (September 8, 2017) –Port Aransas, a popular beach town in Texas, was pummeled by Hurricane Harvey.  The storm devastated homes and businesses, causing many to be displaced, jobless, and hopeless. Salvation Army personnel has been providing food, water, and emotional and spiritual care to affected residents at a fixed feeding site near the Port Aransas Ferry as well as a roaming feeding truck. While [READ MORE]

The General Leads Zonal Conference in Indonesia

Salvation Army - International - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:48
General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox were guest leaders at The Salvation Army's South Pacific and East Asia Zonal Leaders Conference in Bali websa@salvationarmy.org 2017-09-08T11:48:41Z
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The Salvation Army Serves Devastated Caribbean Communities as Hurricane Irma Heads for Florida

Salvation Army - International - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 05:22
Hurricane Irma has caused devastation in parts of the Caribbean, rendering the island of Barbuda ‘barely habitable’ according to PM Gaston Browne websa@salvationarmy.org 2017-09-08T10:22:54Z
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One-Month Countdown Begins for Whole World Mobilising Celebration

Salvation Army - International - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 04:42
General André Cox is inviting the worldwide Salvation Army to join together for the Whole World Mobilising Celebration on Sunday 8 October 2017 websa@salvationarmy.org 2017-09-08T09:42:10Z
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Mexico: Mexico/Guatemala: Earthquake - Sep 2017

Reliefweb.int - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 19:00
GLIDE number: EQ-2017-000128-MEX
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico

Mexico

According to the [BBC], an 8.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale struck off the Pacific Coast of Mexico--around 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan--at 23:50 local time on Thursday, 7 September 2017 (04:50 [GMT] Friday). A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras; however, it was later lifted. An estimated 50 million Mexicans felt the tremor per the Mexican government. (IFRC, 8 Sep 2017)

Search and rescue operations continue and the death toll, according to national authorities, has now reached 90, of which 71 are in the state of Oaxaca, 15 in the state of Chiapas and 4 in the state of Tabasco. According to media, as of 11 September at 6.30 UTC, thousands of houses have been damaged and over 2 million people have been affected in the country. (ECHO, 11 Sep 2017)

Shelter destruction and damage to health and education infrastructure is most notable. However, there are also risks of food shortages in Oaxaca in Mexico as stores remain closed and prices are increasing. (ACAPS, 11 Sep 2017)

Guatemala

According to a report from Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook various departments in the country at 22:49 local time (04:49 GMT) for 1 and 33 seconds; the earthquake’s epicentre was 203 km to the west of San Marcos, with a profundity of 10 km. (IFRC, 8 Sep 2017)

Ongoing floods in Guatemala and recent mudslides in Mexico create additional vulnerabilities. (ACAPS, 11 Sep 2017)

The Government of Guatemala stated that the damage assessments and needs analysis of affected areas continue and that identified 18,810 people as affected by the disaster and damages to 2,570 houses for now. The assessments were developed by entities that are part of the System of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). (Gov't of Guatemala, 12 Sep 2017)

The department of San Marcos has been declared on red alert to be of service to the more than 10,600 affected by the 7.7 Richter scale earthquake that was registered in Guatemala. According to Conred's report, there were 205 incidents in San Marcos, which left 4 injured, 10,615 people affected, 1,752 victims, 714 homes with severe damage, of which 94 houses, 21 schools, 4 highways, 10 buildings and 5 churches affected. (Gov't of Guatemala, 13 Sep 2017)


Date: 08 Sep 2017
Status: Ongoing

Mexico: Mexico/Guatemala: Earthquake - Sep 2017

Reliefweb.int - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 19:00
GLIDE number: EQ-2017-000128-MEX
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico

Mexico

According to the [BBC], an 8.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale struck off the Pacific Coast of Mexico--around 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan--at 23:50 local time on Thursday, 7 September 2017 (04:50 [GMT] Friday). A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras; however, it was later lifted. An estimated 50 million Mexicans felt the tremor per the Mexican government. ((IFRC, 8 Sep 2017)

The death toll of the..earthquake...has now reached 61 fatalities. Chiapas and Oaxaca are the states where most damages have been registered; in particular, the municipality of Juchitán where most of the victims occurred. At this stage, no critical needs are being confirmed or identified by the government or the UN. However, the number of houses that have been destroyed or rendered inhabitable still remains unknown, the number of people in shelters is estimated at up to 10 000. There are no confirmed reports of important damages to critical infrastructure, although according to media at least one hospital in Juchitán is severely damaged. Power and water supply to affected areas is being restored. Hurricane Katia is expected to complicate the delivery of relief supplies to the hard-hit regions. (ECHO, 9 Sep 2017)

Guatemala

According to a report from Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook various departments in the country at 22:49 local time (04:49 GMT) for 1 and 33 seconds; the earthquake’s epicentre was 203 km to the west of San Marcos, with a profundity of 10 km. ((IFRC, 8 Sep 2017)


Date: 08 Sep 2017
Status: Alert

Hometown Football Star Vince Young, WWE's Mark Henry, Visit Harvey Survivors

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:39
The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Family Residence provides a place of safety and healing for women and children. Many are escaping domestic violence, crime, and generational poverty. Others moved here to escape Hurricane Harvey. While the families work to put their lives back together, some special visitors offered an evening of respite.  “I’m a Houstonian. I feel the pain,” said Vince Young about the impact of [READ MORE]

Are You Ready For Hurricane Season?

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 23:00
Information for this article courtesy of the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Before a Hurricane To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

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