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Salvation Army Today—February 21, 2013

This week on Salvation Army Today we open a new Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, visit New Zealand, and see how the Miami Dolphins spent their Valentine’s Day.

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Salvation Army Dispatches Disaster Team to Coble, TN

Nashville, TN (February 2, 2013)—The Salvation Army in Nashville has responded to two communities affected by the early morning storms and tornadoes that occurred on January 30th.

In the Ranchwood Mobile Home Park on Dickerson Pike in Nashville, Tennessee, The Salvation Army served over 50 hot lunches to many families on Wednesday, January 30th. Approximately 75% of the 35 residences in the park were damaged by the strong storm and 8 homes were completely uninhabitable. Many of the homes had trees through the roofs and walls, in addition to other types of damage.

Authorities confirmed an EF2 tornado that hit the town of Coble, TN located in Hickman County. Approximately 11 homes were reported completely uninhabitable and many others had severe damage. Yesterday, January 31st, The Salvation Army served over 100 survivors and volunteers by distributing work gloves, hats, hand sanitizer and hot hand warmers, as they worked through the tumbling temperatures. Today, Friday, February 1st, The Salvation Army Disaster Team will return to Coble, TN, and set up at the Coble Country Store where they will distribute bottled water, gator aid, garbage bags and bleach to residents.

In the Ranchwood community, a couple shared how they were suddenly awoken Wednesday morning when a tree collapsed through their roof and pinned them down in bed. Early responders were able to free them of the entrapment. Salvation Army employee, Kristen Gillespie, said, “After the shock of being trapped, the couple had very high spirits.”

The Salvation Army will continue to assess the storm damage in surrounding communities and provide assistance as needed.

The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga Awards $142,850.00 in Long-Term Recovery Aid

Cleveland, TN (July 30, 2012)—Over one year after the deadly tornados that swept through the Tennessee Valley, The Salvation Army is still on the front-lines serving the unmet needs of storm survivors.

On Wednesday, August 1st, The Salvation Army will present a check of $58,700.00 to the Bradley County Schools for assistance serving the Michigan Avenue Elementary and Blue Springs Elementary Schools. The check presentation will take place during the Bradley County teacher in-service meeting located at The North Cleveland Church of God, 335 Eleventh Street NE at 8:00 AM.

On Thursday, August 2nd, The Salvation Army will present a check of $84,150.00 at the ground breaking ceremony of a home being rebuilt located at 1405 Lee Street SE. The check will be presented at the 11:00 AM ground breaking ceremony to the chair of the Bradley County Long Term Recovery Organization, Jim Pollier.

The Salvation Army began serving survivors immediately after the first tornado swept through the Southeast and continues to serve today! Because The Salvation Army commits to spending 100% of the money raised for a disaster on that disaster, The Salvation Army is able to assist with long term recovery needs. Though only $380,000.00 was raised locally, money poured into The Salvation Army’s territorial offices allowing the local Salvation Army to commit to $1.5 million dollars for the April 2011 Tornado Relief efforts.

To volunteer or to donate with ongoing assistance please visit www.csarmy.org, call 1-800-Sal-Army, or mail in a monetary donation to 822 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403. For more information please contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing, at 423-503-1801.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Georgia Division Supports WMD Response Exercises


Photo: Exercise participants (left to right) Captain Jose’Marquez, Major Shane Strickland (Commander), 2nd Lt. Ryan Schwartz (Operations Officer), First Sergeant Gregory Haines, Major Jim Smith and Jeff Jones.

Atlanta, GA (July 2, 2012) – For more than a century, The Salvation Army has endeavored to ease human sufferings wherever it is found. The Georgia Divisional Disaster Department, under the direction of Major Jim Smith (R), continues to respond when disaster strikes, and more importantly to assist in training exercises to ensure The Salvation Army Disaster team is ready when called.

Recently the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, organized by First Sergeant Gregory Haines invited The Salvation Army to be part of multi-state exercise with Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. Over 100 individuals from agencies that included the FBI, GBI, GEMA, Cobb County Fire and Rescue and Hazmat Teams, and Cobb County Police joined the full scale exercise. First Sergeant Haines, whose parents served as Salvation Army Officers, stated “This is a great way to include a great organization which we know can respond when called on and at a moment’s notice. We can depend on the Army because of, not only their expertise in disaster relief, but because of their commitment, services provided, and compassion to families affected in crisis.”

“It is important for the Disaster Services of The Salvation Army to be involved in these training exercises” stated Major Jim Smith. “The Army becomes part of the bigger team as local commands build relationships with the local responding agencies. These trainings help us understand the needs of the agencies so we can be prepared and serve those who need us in very difficult and strenuous times.“

As we approach Hurricane Season, The Salvation Army Georgia Division equipped with 24 canteens are capable of serving 1,500 meals per day, continues to train throughout the Division. In 20111 thousands of individuals were assisted during the Tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky as well as serving those affected by Hurricane Irene from Georgia to Pennsylvania.

Salvation Army Continues Long-Term Recovery in Southern States On One-Year Anniversary of Tornadoes

The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term emergency relief services to the residents whose lives were forever changed following a series of devastating tornadoes that ravaged parts of the southern United States in April 2011. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) teams immediately responded to the storms and provided 4.8 million meals, snacks and drinks, as well as material, emotional and spiritual care to survivors throughout all impacted states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

“These were a series of storms that not only changed lives one year ago, but changed lives forever and The Salvation Army will be in these communities to make these changes easier,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “From day one, The Salvation Army has been and will continue to be committed to the long-term recovery efforts by addressing the on-the-ground needs of families impacted throughout the South.”

Within minutes of the storms making landfall last year, The Salvation Army deployed multiple mobile feeding units throughout the southern states, providing warm meals, snacks and drinks, along with emotional support and basic materials to thousands of individuals. As the disaster operation transitioned from immediate response into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army is still on-site in many of these communities, providing continued support to those in need. Long-term recovery plans in support of communities and survivors of the April 2011 tornadoes in the southern United States include:

ALM Division (Serving Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi)
• As rebuilding continues across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army, in partnership with Long Term Recovery Committees in 13 communities, is working to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies in specific service areas, including:
      o Community capacity: Signature community projects were identified to help rebuild parks,

      community centers, and other projects by community leaders, long term recovery       committees, and The Salvation Army.
      o Disaster Social Services: The Salvation Army is providing direct financial assistance to

      survivors through trained case workers. This assistance is provided for essential living

     supplies, emergency household needs and rebuilding supplies.
      o Distribution centers: The Salvation Army continues to operate distribution centers for
      survivors in affected areas. Food boxes, donated furniture, clothing, and other recovery
     items are available through these warehouses.

• On Thursday, May 3, 2012 FedEx, The Salvation Army and NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin, are partnering to bring awareness to the importance of ongoing recovery efforts, specifically in the Tuscaloosa, AL area. Together, the two organizations and Hamlin will welcome a local family into a new home, which was built after the family’s original home was destroyed last spring. The home is the first to be rebuilt in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa.
• The Salvation Army and FedEx previously partnered on rebuilding communities in New Orleans, where the Army established the EnviRenew initiative that built environmentally friendly homes for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

GEO Division (Serving Georgia)
• The Salvation Army of Georgia immediately responded by serving nine counties, including Spalding, Lamar, Troup, LaGrange, Floyd, Bartow, Meriwether, Troup, and Rabun.
• The Salvation Army implemented a long-term recovery plan for these impacted areas, funded by $1 million received in donations, that includes assistance with building materials, appliances, household items, furniture, short-term case management for resettlement assistance and the hiring of three social workers. From this money spent, we have to able to serve 25 households, with 60 households awaiting immediate final approval.
• In addition, The Salvation Army is helping rebuild Spalding County’s historic 107 year-old Vaughn United Methodist Church, which was destroyed by the tornadoes. The Salvation Army is supporting the efforts of rebuilding the church by providing furnishing materials.

KTN Division (Serving Kentucky, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia)
• This weekend, as part of the one year anniversary of the tornadoes, The Salvation Army of KTN will take part memorial services and volunteer celebrations, recognizing the lives lost and the efforts of those working to rebuild lives throughout the area.
• The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga began serving storm survivors immediately after the first tornadoes swept through Bradley County the afternoon of April 27, and began service in Catoosa County later that evening. On April 28, disaster recovery response widened to include more of Bradley and Hamilton counties in TN and Catoosa, Walker and Dade counties in GA.
• The Greater Chattanooga Area Command served in all Disaster Response Centers weeks after the storm and hired additional case workers to better serve the needs of storm survivors in the long-term recovery efforts in each of these counties, which includes direct disaster recovery assistance and development of new community projects that were lost during the storms.
• The Salvation Army also provided warm meals and drinks, as well as emotional and spiritual care in Murfreesboro, TN and Danville, KY.

AOK Division (Serving Arkansas & Oklahoma)
• In Arkansas, The Salvation Army provided immediate emergency assistance to tornado survivors in the communities of Vilonia, Hot Springs Village, and Fountain Lake.
• The Salvation Army also worked with Oklahoma Emergency Management to facilitate services of food and drinks to Stillwell, Oklahoma.
• Currently, The Salvation Army is working to meeting the long-term recovery needs of disaster-affected households within these communities for as long as the Army is needed.

“Long-term recovery is a difficult path. The process of rebuilding homes and lives takes time and patience,” said Major Hood. “The Salvation Army will work with local governments, organizations and community members to make sure every individual and family will have a new place to call home.”

The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga–Still Serving a Year After the 2011 Tornadoes

Chattanooga, TN (April 27, 2012)—One year after deadly tornados swept through the Tennessee Valley, The Salvation Army is still on the front lines serving the unmet needs of storm survivors. Today begins a weekend long remembrance, as The Salvation Army partners with events in Dade and Catoosa Counties in GA and Hamilton and Bradley counties in Tennessee.

The Salvation Army began serving survivors immediately after the first tornados swept through and continues to serve today! The Salvation Army fed nearly 20,000 meals to families affected by the storm as well as emergency workers in the first days of clean up and provided over 50,000 beverages from seven different mobile kitchen vehicles. Still meeting the needs of our neighbors, The Salvation Army has served 475 households so far.

“No one household is the same in their needs,” states Sandy Leveall, Director of Social Services of The Salvation Army. “One family may need furniture or appliances while another needs a new roof that insurance did not cover. One family actually needed dental work as a result of their brick home crumbling around them and bricks flying into their faces and cracking their teeth.”

“The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga has never been this stretched with resources,” says Major Algerome Newsome, Area Commander. “With two major storm systems hitting within one year and with the struggling economy, we have never seen need so great and a budget so stretched.”

To donate to ongoing assistance please visit www.csarmy.org, call 1-800-Sal-Army, or mail in a monetary donation to 822 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403. For more information please contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing, at 423-503-1801.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.