In 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.
With a presence in every zip code, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to support survivors of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Since the onset of these two storms, various teams of EDS personnel from The Salvation Army’s Eastern PA and DE division have been sent to Texas, Louisiana and the Virgin Islands providing food, clothing, shelter and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this ongoing and unprecedented devastating weather event.
After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild, which will take years.
How People Can Help
Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected to be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.
Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Text to Give: STORM to 51555
Mail Checks to:
The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
** Please designate “Hurricane 2017” on all checks.
*At this time we are NOT accepting in-kind donations. Should guidance change on in-kind donations, specific information will go out at that time regarding what is being accepted and any related handling information.
About The Salvation Army Disaster Services
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) provides basic needs and services to victims of disaster, while also assisting first responders. Serving 1-2 million Americans in dozens of response efforts nationwide, EDS is often one of the first on the scene to aid emergency response efforts by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. The Salvation Army has been active in Emergency Disaster Services response for every major disaster in the United States since 1900.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
For more information about The Salvation Army, Eastern PA & DE, please visit: www.SalvationArmyPendel.org
For more information about The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey & Irma Disaster Relief Efforts, please visit: http://www.Disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org