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.
(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”
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”
~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.
The blazing sun in the cloudless Houston sky brought no relief to the residents cleaning out their Hurricane Harvey ravaged homes. But amidst the piles of dry wall, furniture and refrigerators along Seeker Street, a Williamson County (TX) Salvation Army mobile kitchen stood out like a beacon.
“We’ve been pushing out 1,000 meals over the last couple of days,” said Mike Marshall, a Salvation Army volunteer from Georgetown, Texas. Continue reading “Volunteers and Canteens: Partners in Serving with The Salvation Army”