The Salvation Army Responds to Carbon Monoxide Evacuation in Portsmouth

Salvation Army personnel throughout Hampton Roads are responding to the carbon monoxide presence in the 1700 block of South Street in Portsmouth that left two people dead. Approximately 100 other residents in the area were evacuated after their respective buildings tested positive for high levels of carbon monoxide.

On Saturday, June 23, a Salvation Army mobile kitchen unit and volunteers from area churches will be at the site to provide lunch and dinner as well as emotional and spiritual assistance to the displaced residents in the area. Beginning Friday, June 22 and throughout the duration of residents’ displacement, Salvation Army officers will be available to assist with residents’ needs.

Captain Brett Meredith, Area Commander of The Salvation Army, shares, “I am concerned for the welfare of those who have been displaced by the carbon monoxide and that our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost their lives. The Salvation Army stands ready to minister to the residents whether it is by serving a meal or having a listening ear or saying a prayer.”

In the short-term aftermath of the deaths and high carbon monoxide levels, Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units will be positioned in the following area:

-Swanson Homes Community Center (1800 South St, Portsmouth, VA) serving lunch and dinner

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by high carbon monoxide levels visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $5 via their phone bill by text messaging the word SALHR to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘carbon monoxide relief’ on all checks.

    • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
    • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
    • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
    • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
    • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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