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.
Much thanks to Envoys Brad and Gina Harris from The Salvation Army’s Pottsville Corps Community Center. They were on-site providing tireless and necessary care, assistance and spiritual comfort to flood victims.
On July 26 – PA Gov. Tom Wolf and Rep. Mike Tobash toured flood damaged areas of Schuylkill County, PA. They met in Tremont with Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel from Eastern PA & DE, Envoy Brad Harris and Nicholas Stoops, Deputy Director for EDS Operations, along with other first responders who have been providing disaster relief to communities hit hard by the recent flooding.
EDS is committed to serving Eastern and Central PA flood victims and first responders in need of food, comfort and care- for as long as necessary. In addition to Tremont, EDS officers, staff and volunteers provided frontline disaster relief and recovery operations in other flooded communities, including: Klingerstown, Orangeville, Palmyra and Hummelstown.