Hurricane Diane and The Salvation Army

Hurricane Diane Hits and The Salvation Army Helps

On This Day In History, August 7

In 1955 on the east coast, Hurricane Diane hits and The Salvation Army is there to serve with Disaster Relief Services. Hurricane Diane was the costliest Atlantic hurricane at the time and was one of three hurricanes to hit during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season. The flood waters damage was immense and it destroyed homes and buildings. The Salvation Army was there with Disaster Relief, providing food, clothing, and shelter. Doing The Most Good, in disasters!

Hurricane Diane Hits and The Salvation Army Helps
Photo from the Connecticut State Library website.

Disaster Services Continues in Oklahoma


May 23, 2013—Oklahoma City, OK—Despite thunderstorms and threat of severe weather, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams have worked diligently since the early hours of Sunday evening to provide support to first responders and those impacted in the Shawnee, Carney and Little Axe area as well as Moore, Oklahoma.

Now that the all persons have been accounted for in the destruction areas, families and individuals are being allowed back into their neighborhoods. As this occurs, The Salvation Army is ramping up its operations on the ground. Twelve Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from various locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma are roaming in the Shawnee and Moore devastation areas

As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army provided 4,684 hot and cold meals, 7,752 drinks (coffee, soda, juice and water) and 3,188 snacks. This assistance will continue for the foreseeable future as The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the residents of this community as they return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.

In addition to providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also securing warehousing and staging areas as they prepare to increase operations to serve all those affected by the tornadoes.

Monetary donations continue to be the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. The Salvation Army is unable to accept in kind donations at this time. By far the most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in Oklahoma, is by making a financial contribution:

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to,, or,,


*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Disaster Relief Takes on Local Flair In Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg, MS (February 14, 2013)—On Wednesday, as the sun broke through the clouds for the first time since before Sunday’s tornado, hundreds of volunteers emerged like bears from their hibernation to begin en masse the clean-up of Hattiesburg.

Across Hattiesburg, residents and strangers worked side by side to remove debris and trees from property ravaged by the EF4 Tornado. Supplementing these efforts were The Salvation Army’s feeding units filled with grilled chicken sandwiches and the fixings from the generous staff of Outback Steakhouse in Hattiesburg. For eight hours Wednesday the Outback team grilled over 2,000 fresh chicken breasts for their neighbors and the strangers arriving to clean up.

Demand for the sandwiches was so brisk that one feeding unit ran out of 200 meals in thirty minutes and was forced to restock with another 200 meals. Most recipients simply remarked that “this was the best meal that they had in days.”

In all over 2,250 meals were served by The Salvation Army on Wednesday.

Why would one spend eight hours cooking and delivering to people they did not even know? Why take so much care to prepare high quality food?

The answer reflects the passion that The Salvation Army and its partners have for providing for the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of storm survivors. Each hot meal not only provides the physical nourishment needed following a disaster, but also reflects the need of each survivor and first responder to know that they are important and deserving of dignity.

“Each hot meal and bottle of water reflects the love of Christ and the passion that The Salvation Army has for helping Hattiesburg recover,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army.

Thursday, The Salvation Army will be serving up Valentine’s treats to residents thanks to the generosity of Newk’s, Neal House Catering, and the Keg & Barrel.

The Salvation Army’s response to disasters is dependent upon the generosity of our donors.. Many times that support comes in the form of cash donations made through our website or generously mailed to one of our many locations. Other times, it comes in the form of support from businesses partnering with The Salvation Army to meet human needs in times of disaster.

Six Mobile feeding units will be working throughout the day on Thursday providing for the needs of residents.

Units will be positioned at the following locations:

  • Hattiesburg Unit: Petal, East 5th Avenue and James Street
  • Jackson Unit: CVS Pharmacy, Intersection of US Highway 49 and Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Mississippi Coast Unit: Neighborhoods East of USM
  • McComb Unit: Oak Grove, Roving Lake Serene, Bellewood, and Lakeshore Areas
  • Laurel Unit: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 900 East 8th Street, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Jackson Unit 2:Neighborhoods West and South of USM Roving

Units will also be distributing comfort/hygiene kits to residents recovering from the storm. Emotional and spiritual care officers will be available to provide support to residents.

Financial donations are still needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Disaster Relief. Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year. The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

FedEx Pledges $1.2 Million to Support Northeast Disaster Relief

Memphis, TN (October 31, 2012)—FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has committed $1.2 million in cash and in-kind transportation to support hurricane relief efforts across the northeast corridor of the United States. Existing relationships with humanitarian organizations will allow FedEx to lend transportation and logistics expertise to support several agencies in their vital relief work following the devastation.

FedEx will provide monetary or in-kind transportation support to the following relief organizations to assist with their relief efforts: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Heart to Heart International, and Direct Relief International. This support will allow these agencies to provide humanitarian relief to the hurricane victims, including food, shelter, clothing, medical supplies, and hygiene kits.

“FedEx team members around the globe are deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. “We will continue to work closely with several humanitarian and disaster relief organizations to assess the needs across the northeast and provide support to the areas hardest hit by the storm.”

FedEx has a long history of using its global network to deliver important and life-saving aid and support to lessen the pain and loss experienced by victims of natural disasters. Recent relief efforts include
•Donating $1 million in cash and in-kind transportation to assist those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011.
•Donating $1.8 million, including the transportation of more than one million pounds of critical supplies, to assist those affected by the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.
•Providing in-kind shipping for more than two million pounds of relief aid to those affected throughout the Gulf Coast region during the 2005 hurricane season.

To learn more about FedEx disaster relief efforts, visit or