PHILADELPHIA (October 11, 2018) – The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) team is on standby to respond to the southern U.S. states impacted by Hurricane Michael. With the widespread damage of the storm already being felt and what is expected to be an extended relief effort, The Salvation Army’s divisional EDS department is readying a team of staff and volunteers for potential deployment. Robert Myers, Emergency Disaster Services Director, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE, anticipates sending personnel to serve on incident management teams, operate mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) and provide emotional and spiritual care to storm victims.
(September 14, 2018) The Salvation Army of Eastern PA and Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services is on standby for potential deployment in response to Hurricane Florence, as it makes its way inland along the coast of the Carolinas.
Since Monday, September 10, The Salvation Army has been working around the clock to mobilize response teams to prepare and respond to needs after landfall. More than 60 mobile feeding units from around the country are stationed along the coast to serve communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. Trained personnel are also preparing to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to individuals and families impacted by the storm and first responders. We are there before, during, and after the storm. Continue reading “The Salvation Army Responds to Hurricane Florence”
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH: The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE and its Emergency Disaster Services program are sharing need-to-know tips and tools to better prepare people to protect themselves, their families and their communities in times of disaster.
(August 16, 2018) The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) continued for a fourth day in its efforts to provide hope, care and comfort to clean-up crews, local officials and residents impacted by this week’s flash floods in central and eastern Pennsylvania. On Thursday, August 16, teams fanned out in communities through Berks, Bradford, Columbia, Susquehanna and Schuylkill Counties, providing meals, beverages and clean-up kits to local families.
Salvation Army representatives worked to connect residents with resources through partner agencies. They are working closely with local and state officials to continually assess needs and deliver service to impacted communities. This is all possible through a coordinated partnership with The Salvation Army’s Service Extension Units, Corps Community Centers and volunteers across the region.
In Columbia County on Thursday, a Salvation Army team went door-to-door in Bloomsburg, distributing clean-up kits to residents who are in need of cleaning their homes damaged by the floods. A Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding operation) provided food and drinks to those in need in Benton. Continue reading “For 4th Day, Pendel Provides Comfort, Care & Hope in PA Communities Hardest Hit by This Week’s Flash Floods”
(August 15, 2018) The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) has deployed additional teams of staff and volunteers to flood ravaged communities across eastern and central Pennsylvania, providing valuable support to first responders and locally impacted residents. As of Wednesday, August 15, EDS operations are underway in Berks, Bradford, Columbia, Susquehanna, Schuylkill and Sullivan Counties in response to devastating flash flooding that occurred earlier in the week. This is all possible through a coordinated partnership with The Salvation Army’s Service Extension Units, Corps Community Centers and volunteers across the region.
Currently, EDS has deployed four canteens (mobile feeding operations), as well as three support vehicles and three trailers to distribute food and beverages, as well as clean-up kits to residents who are in need of cleaning their homes damaged by the floods. Salvation Army representatives are also working closely with local and state officials to assess needs and deliver service to impacted communities.
“We are monitoring the Susquehanna River and a few of the major creeks for potential flood crests,” said Bob Myers, Emergency Disaster Services Director, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE. “If those bodies of water continue to rise, it will further increase our level of response.”
(Tuesday, August 14, 2018) In response to devastating flooding this week across eastern and central Pennsylvania, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) continues to provide crucial support to first responders and impacted residents. This is all possible through a coordinated partnership with The Salvation Army’s Corps Community Centers, Service Extension Units and volunteers across the region. Continue reading “Pendel Expands Support to Flood Ravaged Communities Across 4 Counties”
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) activated teams in Schuylkill County in response to significant flooding from summer storms in several local communities on Monday, August 13, 2018.
Staff and volunteers based at The Salvation Army of Pottsville and The Salvation Army’s Service Extension Unit supplyed meals for first responders and displaced residents in Tremont and Donaldson. They also provided coffee, water, and snacks to emergency responders at a command center established in Frackville. On Tuesday, EDS will be distributing clean-up kits to residents who are in need of cleaning their homes damaged by the floods. Continue reading “EDS Provides Comfort & Care to Schuylkill Co Communities Devastated by Flash Floods”
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) activated teams in Pine Grove and Tremont, PA on July 24, 2018 – in response to significant flooding in Schuylkill County that occurred earlier that week.
EDS deployed staff and volunteers to Pine Grove to provide food, water, comfort and care to displaced local residents and first responders assisting with evacuations. They prepared over 200 meals to people at a temporary shelter at the Pine Grove High School. EDS delivered 300 clean-up kits to residents who are in need of cleaning their homes damaged by the flood. EDS crews also provided feeding support for flood victims at an emergency shelter in Tremont.
Hundreds Evacuate to Philadelphia
Hundreds of families displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico have relocated to Philadelphia with little more than the clothes on their backs. The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is among several agencies in the city who are assisting these families as they rebuild their lives.
In response to the influx of Puerto Ricans evacuating to Philadelphia following Hurricane Maria, the city established a Disaster Assistance Service Center (DASC), located at Rivera Recreation Center at 5th Street and Allegheny Avenue. The Salvation Army has provided $97,600 of assistance to 424 families seeking assistance at the DASC in the form of $100 gift cards to Target (up to $300 per family). Continue reading “Hurricane Maria Relief: Philadelphia and Beyond”
~Captain Ted Tressler, The Salvation Army of Reading
As hurricane Irma formed and grew in the southern Atlantic, discussions began regarding how The Salvation Army would respond, given the potential storm path, the anticipated impact and the potential needs to be met. It was determined on Labor Day that two teams of two responders would be pre-positioned in the U.S. Virgin Islands. One team would go to St. Thomas and one would go to St. Croix, locations covered by The Salvation Army USA Eastern Territory that were most likely to be affected.
I was selected as a team member because of my extensive experience in serving the victims of natural disasters, my administrative and logistics expertise, as well as my professional training in pastoral, emotional and spiritual care. I was assigned to St. Croix. Upon arrival we immediately made an assessment of local resources and potential needs. We prepared by purchasing enough food, supplies and water to meet the needs of 200 individuals for 4 days, at which time additional local resources or outside resources should be available. Continue reading “Recovering from Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands: A Salvation Army Officer’s Experience on the Front Lines”