The Salvation Army continues to respond as disasters grow increasingly destructive

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Trained disaster professionals prepare improved capacities to serve millions of people

ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As natural disasters become more frequent and destructive across the United States, The Salvation Army stands ready to help millions of survivors and first responders with essential services. Many communities are increasingly in need of a helping hand as inflation rises and the effects of past disasters linger. 2022 should have:

  • 14-21 named storms during Atlantic hurricane season
  • 2,083,238 acres burned in wildfires
  • $3.7 billion in tornado damage
  • 14.5 million households or people at risk of being affected

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Salvation Army Disaster Emergency Services
As one of the nation’s largest disaster relief organizations, The Salvation Army is already on the front lines responding to needs and can quickly activate response efforts specific to each affected community. In 2021 alone, The Salvation Army responded to 8,441 disasters; helped more than 2.3 million people following hurricanes, wildfires, winter storms, heat waves, tornadoes and other events; and provided more than $8.3 million in financial assistance to survivors.

The Salvation Army is on the ground Southeast Kentucky after historic floods hit the area and coordinate their efforts with national and local authorities, as well as other participating relief agencies. Salvation Army teams responding to the disaster plan to continue providing meals, drinks, snacks, cleaning kits, and emotional and spiritual care for as long as their services are needed. Visit https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org to learn more about how the Salvation Army serves Southeast Kentucky.

Emergency Preparedness
Trained Salvation Army personnel and volunteers have served in the aftermath of every major disaster since 1900. In addition to providing disaster preparedness training programs across the country to prepare individuals and communities for emergencies, the Salvation Army also has a disaster preparedness manual available.

Immediate emergency response
When disaster strikes, The Salvation Army works with organizations and federal authorities to:

  • Identify and mobilize resources through our national network of disaster professionals and service points located in all 50 states
  • Support survivors and first responders with mobile units that provide food, hydration, hygiene products, and emotional and spiritual care

Emotional and spiritual care
Some effects of disasters are invisible – many survivors and first responders suffer from emotional stress and trauma. The Salvation Army provides the vital emotional and spiritual care they need. It can mean a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen to. Other times it takes a hug and a prayer.

Long term disaster recovery
The Salvation Army leads recovery efforts as long as the needs of a given community persist. This often means that we stay to help months or even years after a disaster. Salvation Army disaster response professionals work with all levels of government to develop a long-term, far-reaching disaster recovery plan that addresses basic needs, addresses restoration projects and of reconstruction and includes the dispersal of financial aid and donated goods.

Disaster Media Communications
As a relief organization within the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), The Salvation Army has helped grow FEMA’s National Response Network and is constantly improving how it responds to disasters. emergency situations and communicates during them. This year, the organization led relief groups in changing the way information is disseminated during disasters.

Starlink Connectivity: In the South, rapid response teams have been equipped with Starlink connectivity to help deliver information and images from the ground immediately after a disaster, assisting other relief organizations and providing immediate insight into affected areas, even before the press arrives.

SMS alert system: The Salvation Army has also set up a national SMS alert system to provide immediate and useful information to members of the media who have opted in and plan to cover each disaster. Information includes service locations, images, spokesperson information, affected area information, and service statistics.

  • If you are a journalist, editor, producer or other member of the media, you can sign up for Salvation Army SMS alerts by clicking here. Everyone who signs up will only receive disaster alerts.

How you can help
The best way to support survivors is to make a financial contribution, which enables The Salvation Army to meet immediate and long-term needs. During emergency disasters, 100% of designated donations are used to support specific relief efforts. Those who are able to donate can do so through a variety of convenient and secure methods:

  • Visit SalvationArmyUSA.org
  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Donate via Amazon Alexa by saying, “Alexa, donate to the Salvation Army”
  • Or text “STORM” to 51555
  • Share this asset through your social media channels

For more information about Salvation Army Disaster Emergency Services and how we serve in times of need, visit Disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army helps more than 25 million Americans each year overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardship through a range of social services. By providing food to the hungry, emergency relief to disaster survivors, rehabilitation to those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and clothing and shelter to those in need, the Salvation Army does the most good in 7,200 operations centers across the country. In the event of a disaster, 100% of donations to The Salvation Army are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked #2 on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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