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The Salvation Army Feeds First Responders In Lime Gulch Fire

Denver, CO (June 20, 2013)—The Salvation Army has responded to a request for aid in the Lime Gulch Fire that erupted yesterday evening. Disaster service personnel from The Salvation Army’s Denver Metro team provided breakfast to 150 first responders and law enforcement personnel this morning and expect numbers to rise to nearly 325 this evening.

The Salvation Army continues to aid evacuees returning to the area impacted by the Black Forest Fire. Emergency Disaster Services teams from Colorado Springs and Casper, WY provided over 8,000 food and hydration items yesterday to evacuees moving through re-entry zones and remain at these locations today.

The Salvation Army remains available to provide additional assistance to residents at the Disaster Assistance Center located at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs, CO 80907. Recovery efforts to counter the Black Forest Fire’s extensive devastation will be long-term, and The Salvation Army plans to be present as long as there is need. Still today, The Salvation Army continues to provide recovery aid to those impacted by last summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon and High Park fires.

Monetary donations are desperately needed to help The Salvation Army help those affected during the long recovery ahead. The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.

To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Fires” and sent to:

The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304

In-kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

Courtney Culpepper
Public Relations & Special Events Director
THE SALVATION ARMY I INTERMOUNTAIN DIVISION
1370 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80203

Office: 303-860-5460 I Mobile: 702-402-4449
Email: Courtney.Culpepper@usw.salvationarmy.org

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*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 igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Continues Black Forest Fire Relief Efforts

Salvation Army Continues Black Forest Fire Relief Efforts

Firefighters and residents of Colorado Springs welcomed rain on Sunday that assisted with efforts to combat the area’s Black Forest Fire which has been blazing since June 11. The fire, which has destroyed 14,280 acres and 484 homes, was reported as 65% contained on Sunday.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews remain on site providing food, hydration and additional assistance to those impacted by this disaster. An EDS team from Casper, WY continues to assist firefighters at the Black Forest Fire Station #1 with food and drinks. Other feeding services such as this continue at the Emergency Operations Center, the Penrose Event Center and the Kit Carson Stables.

Salvation Army Continues Black Forest Fire Relief Efforts

Salvation Army Continues Black Forest Fire Relief Efforts

With the help of other organizations, The Salvation Army is also providing a wide range of assistance, including emotional and spiritual care, at the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. in Colorado Springs between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The organization’s disaster services advantage is its size and scope. The Salvation Army can be found serving in most communities even before disaster strikes, which makes mobilizing, serving and providing long-term relief that much more efficient.

Still assisting impacted residents of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, The Salvation Army is coordinating with various agencies to discuss plans for Black Forest Fire recovery efforts in the months ahead and will continue to serve Coloradans in crisis so long as we are needed.

To donate, please visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires”. Visit The Salvation Army Intermountain Division’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/imsalvationarmy.

Ride The Rockies Crosses The Finish Line, Rallies Community Members’ Support

Denver, CO (June 14, 2013)—Tomorrow, 2,000 cyclists will triumphantly breeze past the finish line after their week-long Ride the Rockies trek. Their arrival at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs is an incredibly energized event expected to draw quite the crowd. And this year, the celebration will be coupled with an opportunity to rally community members around those impacted by the Black Forest Fire.

During the afternoon celebration, the event’s host, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, will honor The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts with a special gift designated to aid in the Colorado fires. The gift will be received onstage by Salvation Army Captains Tom Stambaugh and Eric Wilkerson, who are working tirelessly to provide food, hydration and additional aid to those impacted by the wildfire.

The 3,000 community members present will also be invited to donate their time and resources to The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Care and Share. Since the Black Forest Fire erupted Tuesday, these organizations have continually provided food, hydration, shelter and additional support to first responders and evacuees.

WHAT: The closing celebration of Ride the Rockies will garner community support for those impacted by the Black Forest Fire and will honor organizations including The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Care and Share.

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2013
1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cheyenne Mountain Resort
3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Salvation Army Continues To Provide Assistance to Fire Victims in Lewiston, Maine

LEWISTON, Maine—The Salvation Army facility at 67 Park Street is open to assist families and individuals who were affected by the fires that destroyed 79 apartments leaving almost 180 people homeless. The assistance office is open Monday – Friday 9am to 2pm, and is staffed with volunteers ready to provide non-perishable food and household items to those in need.

Three major apartment building fires all within a week struck downtown Lewiston and the Salvation Army Emergency Canteen was at the scene providing meals and beverages to firefighters and the displaced residents. To date, Over 400 meals and 1000 snacks have been provided, plus 2000 beverages such as coffee, water and Gatorade.

Lieutenant Jason Brake, commanding officer in Lewiston, “We will now provide help at our facility on Park Street. The community has responded very generously to our request for nonperishable items such as diapers, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, can goods and more,” stated Lt. Brake.

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The Salvation Army continues to collect nonperishable items for fire victims at their facility at 67 Park Street. Also, monetary donations are being accepted, The Salvation Army’s “Lewiston Fires” P.O. Box 178, Lewiston, ME 04243.

Relief Effort Continues After Lewiston, Maine, Fire

Lewiston, Maine (May 7, 2013)—Fire investigators and residents were busy sorting through rubble Thursday after a fire heavily damaged three apartment buildings and left ten people homeless in Lewiston Wednesday night.

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have been assisting residents helping them find temporary shelter and food. Tenants could be seen boarding up windows and removing damaged items from their apartments Thursday afternoon as the cleanup effort continued.

Salvation Army Lt. Jason Brake says while many residents have already found short term help, the focus now becomes getting tenants permanently back on their feet.

“When these things happen, people have a lot of things to put back together,” Brake said. “We always say if someone has extra things that you don’t need, we will take those. We sort through them, and we make sure those who need them get those items. We take monetary donations, clothing donations and furniture donations, and we make sure they get to those who are in need.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

For more information about the Red Cross & Salvation Army relief effort contact them at:
American Red Cross, 1180 Lisbon St. Lewiston, 207-795-4004
Salvation Army, 67 Park St. Lewiston, 207-783-0801

Salvation Army Remains on Scene Providing Assistance to Fire Victims & Responders in Lewiston, Maine

Lewiston, Maine (May 6, 2013)—The Salvation Army disaster canteen has been providing meals for emergency workers and victims of the fires since last week. Over 300 meals have been served and 1000 beverages such as coffee, water and Gatorade.

Lieutenant Jason Brake, commanding officer in Lewiston has been at the scene of the fires, helping the families, firefighters and other agencies with relief efforts. His team of volunteers has transported many homeless families to an emergency shelter at the Lewiston High School. Also, The Salvation Army has helped serve meals at the shelter.

Firefighters are battling the third major apartment fire in Lewiston in a week. More than 180 people have been left homeless by two previous fires in the past week, one last Monday and one on Saturday. All three were in the same general area.

Salvation Army canteens are fully equipped mobile kitchens that are able to provide meals but also carry additional resources, including water, snacks, and hygiene products.

The Salvation Army is collecting nonperishable items for fire victims at their facility at 67 Park Street. Also, monetary donations are being accepted, The Salvation Army’s “Lewiston Fires” P.O. Box 178, Lewiston, ME 04243.

 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

Salvation Army Assistance Continues for Those Impacted by Oklahoma Wildfires

Oklahoma City, OK (August 9, 2012)—Reports indicate over 103,000 acres have burned in Oklahoma since last Friday with approximately 375 homes destroyed. The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division continues to have feeding units on stand-by across the State of Oklahoma due to the continued fire danger through Saturday.

The Salvation Army has Disaster Social Services personnel located in four Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCS) around the state providing financial assistance and vouchers for clothing to affected households. MARCs are currently open in Mannford (Creek County), Luther (Oklahoma County), Glencoe (Payne County), and Noble (Cleveland County). To date, we have opened more than 117 cases consisting of more than 261 persons. Many individuals and families are still expected to come through the centers as some are just now able to assess the damage and loss of their homes. The MARCS will remain open at least through Saturday.

Since the wildfire outbreak, The Salvation Army provided over 2,500 meals, 4,534 drinks, and over 2,600 snacks. Over 300 man-hours have been recorded for volunteers, employees, and Officers.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The best way to help those impacted by the wildfires is to make a financial contribution.

Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Online: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
(There is a banner at the top to click on to Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts)

Mail: The Salvation Army
Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
PO Box 12600
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. The Salvation Army is very grateful to the public for its support to help those in need. We will continue to meet the needs of those families and individuals impacted by these disasters as long as we have the resources to do so.

Oklahoma Wildfire Activity & Response Continues

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (August 6, 2012) – Wildfires have now burned over 93,000 acres in Oklahoma since last Friday. A statewide Burn Ban is in effect along with a State of Emergency for all 77 counties. The Salvation Army has provided over 2,300 meals, 4,285 drinks and 2,480 snacks to responders and those impacted by the wildfires. The Army is assisting with the immediate and short-term needs of fire survivors, while also addressing the needs of emergency personnel as they continue fighting the ongoing fires.

The Salvation Army is also working in cooperation with Oklahoma Emergency Management and multiple non-profit and governmental agencies to offer assistance to all residents impacted by the various wildfires at designated Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC). Disaster Social Services personnel from the impacted areas are providing emergency financial assistance to those households who seek assistance at the center.

The Salvation Army is committed to providing emergency assistance as well as emotional and spiritual care to survivors. We will continue to meet the needs of those families and individuals impacted by these disasters as long as we have the resources to do so.

Wildfire Response

Cleveland County—The fire is contained and responders remain on site monitoring for hot spots. The Central Oklahoma Area Command provided breakfast to first responders this morning and served lunch in conjunction with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

The Salvation Army will be participating in MARC in Noble to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The center is located at 12 Points Baptist Church, 15601 East Etowah Road, Noble, OK. The center will open on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at Noon and remain open until 8 PM. The hours for Wednesday through Friday will be 10 AM until 7 PM.

Creek County—Due to the generous donations of the public, Tulsa Area Command was able to deliver a pallet of Gatorade, cases of water, and snacks to the Incident Command Post near Mannford, OK where firefighters and emergency personnel continue their tireless efforts. They also coordinated delivery of ice to the site.

Oklahoma County—The Salvation Army is participating in MARC to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Luther High School Auditorium located at 178th & Luther Road.

Payne County—The Salvation Army of Stillwater will be participating in MARC in Glencoe to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The Center is located at the United Methodist Church, 113 South Perry Avenue, Glencoe, OK. The center will open on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at Noon and remain open until 8 PM.

Pittsburg County—The Salvation Army of McAlester is on site at the McAlester Lake fire providing meals, snacks and hydrations to responders on the scene.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The best way to help fire survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution.

Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Online: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
(There is a banner at the top to click on to Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts)

Mail: The Salvation Army
Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
PO Box 12600
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. The Salvation Army is very grateful to the public for its support to help those in need.

Salvation Army Continues Response to Wildfires Across Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (August 4 – 9:45 PM)—The Salvation Army continues to respond to multiple wildfire locations. Wildfires have burned over 52,000 acres across Oklahoma and many continue to burn and are not contained. The Salvation Army is serving food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care. Canteens across Oklahoma remain on stand-by for their services as needed in other areas.

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Cleveland County—The fire near Noble continues to burn. The Central Oklahoma Area Command served over 650 meals as well as hydration to first responders at the Incident Command. The Salvation Army will be assisted by the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team beginning with lunch on Sunday morning, August 5. The Salvation Army will be serving breakfast.

Oklahoma County—A fire in Luther, located east of Oklahoma City, continues to burn. The Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen provided breakfast to approximately 200 responders this morning. Additionally, The Salvation Army will be part of a Disaster Assistance Center at the Luther High School Auditorium tomorrow, located at 178th & Luther Road, from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Payne County—The Salvation Army of Enid will be reporting to the Glencoe High School on Sunday morning where they will coordinate services with Payne County Emergency Management.

Pittsburg County—The Salvation Army of McAlester is reporting to the Incident Command located at McAlester Lake Road and Cross Timbers to serve snacks and hydration to first responders.

Pottawatomie County—The Salvation Army of Shawnee took their catering truck to serve those affected by the wildfire as well as first responders. They provided over 250 drinks and over 100 snacks including granola bars, crackers, gum, fruit bars and oranges. Additionally, they assisted the Central Oklahoma Area Command in Cleveland County.

Additional fires throughout Oklahoma continue to be reported in Lincoln and Logan counties as well as a very large fire that began in Creek County.

The Salvation Army is also working closely with VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). The Salvation Army will be accepting donations of water and Gatorade to distribute to those organizations active in response. The Salvation Army will open their warehouse, located at 924 S. Hudson in the morning at 9:00 AM. It will remain open until 3:00 PM. The Salvation Army will gather, sort, palletize, and then distribute donated items as needed to other organizations responding in the state. This is being requested by Oklahoma Emergency Management.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Oklahoma wildfires. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

The Salvation Army will stay involved for as long as they are needed. Additional information will be provided as it is available.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Oklahoma Wildfires

Oklahoma City, OK (August 4, 2012)—In the past several hours, The Salvation Army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen (mobile feeding unit) has responded to multiple wildfire sites in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area to assist first responders. A statewide Burn Ban is in effect for all 77 counties in Oklahoma. There is a Red Flag Warning and Extreme fire danger in many counties today. Humidity of 12% to 20% is expected with winds of 15 – 25 mph predicted. Temperatures are forecast for 102 – 113.

Due to high fire danger across the state, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated. At a statewide level, The Salvation Army is working with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and other State agencies. The Salvation Army units continue to work with their local emergency managers, first responders, and community partners. The Salvation Army is prepared to serve food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the wildfires.

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Blaine County—The Salvation Army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen was requested by Blaine County Emergency Management to serve meals to first responders fighting a fire that was near Geary. Over 200 meals were served along with many snacks, water and Gatorade. Additionally, 40 meals were sent to Canadian County (Concho) for first responders fighting a fire in the area.

Oklahoma County—A fire in Luther, located east of Oklahoma City, continues to burn. According to early reports, more than 30 structures have been destroyed. The Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen provided breakfast to approximately 200 responders this morning.

Cleveland County—Fires continue to burn near Noble and Slaughterville and homes continue to be evacuated. Early reports indicate over 75 structures have been destroyed. The Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen will be serving lunch and dinner to first responders at the Incident Command in Cleveland County.

Additional fires throughout Oklahoma have been reported in Lincoln, Logan and Muskogee counties as well as Elk City in Roger Mills County, Ft. Cobb in Caddo County, Mannford in Creek County, Ninnekah in Grady County, and Preston in Okmulgee County and Wewoka in Seminole County.

The Salvation Army is also working closely with VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). Feed the Children, Oklahoma VOAD partner, has agreed to accept donations of water and Gatorade and distribute to those organizations active in response. Feed The Children opened their warehouse, located at 31 N. McCormick Avenue, at 9:00 AM this morning. It will remain open until 3:00 PM today. Feed the Children will gather, sort, palletize, and then distribute donated items as needed to other organizations responding in the state.

The Salvation Army will stay on site for as long as they are needed. Additional information will be provided as it is available.

For the most up to date disaster response information, check the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Website, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.