Hurricane Harvey

The Salvation Army is Making a Difference

HOUSTON-Nabors_Conroe-ESC-29~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

As my time in Houston comes to a close, I am overwhelmed with a range of emotions. The last two weeks have been inspiring, heartbreaking and exhausting.  When I first got to Houston, driving across town it wasn’t obvious at first if the passing neighborhoods had endured any flooding. But as the days went by and people had the opportunity to start cleaning, mounds of trash started emerging along the streets – evidence of how Harvey had ruined their homes and impacted their lives. Continue reading “The Salvation Army is Making a Difference”

Hurricane Harvey

Volunteers and Canteens: Partners in Serving with The Salvation Army

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Sandy Marshall of Georgetown, Texas with the Williamson County canteen serving in Houston

~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

The blazing sun in the cloudless Houston sky brought no relief to the residents cleaning out their Hurricane Harvey ravaged homes. But amidst the piles of dry wall, furniture and refrigerators along Seeker Street, a Williamson County (TX) Salvation Army mobile kitchen stood out like a beacon.

“We’ve been pushing out 1,000 meals over the last couple of days,” said Mike Marshall, a Salvation Army volunteer from Georgetown, Texas. Continue reading “Volunteers and Canteens: Partners in Serving with The Salvation Army”

Hurricane Irma

The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Deploys to Florida for Hurricane Irma Relief (Photos & Video)

21728135_10212346604212723_644584910783584305_nIn the wake of Hurricane Irma, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is sending aid to Florida in the form of disaster relief equipment and a team of local disaster relief responders. Four food and hydration mobile feeding units and a crew of eleven EDS staff and volunteers departed from Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, September 12.  An additional six EDS staff members are deploying today, September 13, to provide command and leadership support to other Salvation Army EDS crews that are currently on site in Florida, as well as crews who are arriving from across the nation.  The local EDS teams and equipment plan to be in Florida for approximately 14 days.  Hurricane season 2017 is The Salvation Army’s largest natural disaster response to date. Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Deploys to Florida for Hurricane Irma Relief (Photos & Video)”

Hurricane Harvey

Creative, High-Tech Solutions to Meet Hurricane Survivors Needs in Houston

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Web-Based Community Needs Assessment displayed on an iPad

~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

The Salvation Army, a leader in emergency disaster response, is equipped with a high-tech tool that will provide Houstonians recovering from Hurricane Harvey with more efficient and effective access to assistance. Continue reading “Creative, High-Tech Solutions to Meet Hurricane Survivors Needs in Houston”

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Emotional & Spiritual Care Speaks to the Hearts of Houstonians

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Akiko Black and Major Sujung Na in Houston, Texas

~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

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. Continue reading “Emotional & Spiritual Care Speaks to the Hearts of Houstonians”

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Hope and Healing in Houston

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Emotional & Spiritual Care teams deliver cleaning kits to families impacted by Hurricane Harvey

~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

The Incident Command center is a bee hive of activity with a team of Salvation Army staff and officers who are planning and executing disaster relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

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Hurricane Harvey

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

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WWE Wrestler Mark Henry with children at the Family Residence in Houston

~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

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. Continue reading “Hometown Football Star Vince Young, WWE’s Mark Henry, Visit Harvey Survivors”

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Social Media Connects Hurricane Survivors and Relief Aid in Houston

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Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE, gets a hug from Sandra Kizzee, Hurricane Harvey survivor in Houston, Texas

Social media transcended rain, flood waters, and 1,800 miles to bring much needed hurricane relief to one Houston community with help from The Salvation Army. It started with a message to The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Facebook page.

“Can 77044 zip code get some help from Salvation Army? C.E. King/Tidwell area need hot meal truck in their neighborhood. These families have lost everything and do not have transportation to a help center and no one has come through with meals for these families.”

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Hurricane Harvey

Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Preps for Deployment to Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Major Claranne Meitrott of Sussex Co., DE, at Philadelphia International Airport, 8/30/17

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is preparing for deployment to Texas to aid in the disaster response and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. With the widespread impact of the disaster already being felt and what could be an unprecedented relief effort, The Salvation Army’s Divisional EDS Department is readying a team of staff and volunteers to respond to Texas.

 

 

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