Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria Relief: Philadelphia and Beyond

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Displaced Families Receive Christmas Assistance at The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters In Philadelphia on December 21

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”

Hurricane Irma

Recovering from Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands: A Salvation Army Officer’s Experience on the Front Lines

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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”

Hurricane Maria

Pendel Deploys Additional Personnel to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria Relief (video)

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Residents Line Up for Meals at a Corps Community Center in Puerto Rico

As the island of Puerto Rico slowly starts to recover from Hurricane Maria, The Salvation Army remains steadfast in its efforts to provide food, essential supplies, comfort and care to tens of thousands impacted by the storm.  Additional personnel from the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware (Pendel) Division deployed this week to aid in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Continue reading “Pendel Deploys Additional Personnel to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria Relief (video)”

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

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”