(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.”
Over the last three days EDS has served more than 650 meals, along with more than 1,500 beverages/bottles of water. They have also distributed more than 220 gallons of water to those without drinkable water. Additionally this week, crews have distributed more than 1,000 clean-up kits to residents in Berks, Bradford, Columbia, Susquehanna, Schuylkill and Sullivan Counties.
The Salvation Army Hamburg Service Center and 1st United Church of Christ in Hamburg have partnered to distribute free clothing and supplies to Hamburg residents impacted by the floods on Monday, August 20, 2pm – 6pm at the church located at 2 S. Pine Street, Hamburg, Berks County. Photo ID is required to receive supplies.
The Salvation Army Hamburg Family Store & Service Center is accepting in-kind donations for locally impacted residents. Requested items include: cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, paper towels, as well as (new or gently used) bedding and bath towels.
Donations may be dropped off at The Salvation Army Hamburg Family Store & Service Center, 700 S. Fourth Street #C, Hamburg, PA, through Saturday, August 18. Items may also be dropped off at the 1st United Church of Christ, 2 S. Pine Street, Hamburg, on Monday, August 20, 2pm – 6pm.
To support The Salvation Army’s local flood relief efforts, text PAFlood to 41444 using a smartphone. Then follow the links to make a secure online credit card donation – or – CLICK HERE – and make a secure online donation from your PC.
Checks should be mailed to: The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, 701 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Please write PA Flood Relief in the memo.
“Emergency response and support in times of disaster are possible due to the preparation of The Salvation Army volunteers and staff on the local level providing vital community assessment, direction, and assistance,” said Rebecca Netznik, Regional Manager of The Salvation Army Service Extension. “We are also extremely grateful for everyone who is working countless hours to provide comfort and hope to our neighbors in need.”
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.
About The Salvation Army:
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, please visit www.SalvationArmyPA.org