The Salvation Army Responds to 10 Alarm Cambridge, MA Fire

On the evening of Sunday, December 4th, Massachusetts Emergency Disaster Services responded to what began as a 4 Alarm fire in a densely populated neighborhood in Cambridge, MA. The alarms quickly elevated to a 10th Alarm as winds pushed the flames from building to building and even across streets.  As one resident said, '"Within a few minutes there were four or five houses on fire, along with a few cars in the street. Just like that.” Three Emergency [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Provides Vital Emotional And Spiritual Care to Wildfire Survivors

Sevierville, TN – A toothbrush, a clean comfortable sweatshirt, a hug, a prayer.   On a normal day, you might not even think about these basics.   But for survivors of Tennessee’s worst wildfire in 100 years, today is no ordinary day.  Today, "just the basics," is a lifeline, a reminder of normalcy. The Salvation Army has a long history of swift and meaningful response to disaster situations.   [READ MORE]

More Than 800 Meals Served In Response To Storms in Polk and McMinn Counties

Chattanooga, TN – Before sunrise, the Chattanooga and Cleveland Salvation Army staff organized its disaster relief team to serve neighboring counties. Public Information Officer, Kimberly George, received word from local Emergency Management Directors, who were assessing the damage from overnight storms that swept through their counties, that assistance was needed.  Polk and McMinn counties received the most damage in Tennessee and asked for The Salvation [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Serving Alabama Communities Devastated by Overnight Tornadoes

 A line of thunderstorms dropped several tornadoes across the Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning. Six tornadoes were reported by emergency officials in Mississippi alone, but the most severe damage has been reported in Northeast Alabama near the towns of Rosalie and Ider. “We loaded are canteen and were serving before sunrise. We’ve served 200 people so far,” said Tracey Ridgeway, [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Serving After Tornadoes Moved Through TN Valley

Chattanooga, TN – After devastating storms ripped through the Tennessee Valley overnight and this morning, The Salvation Army has been asked to help serve emergency workers and residents of Polk and McMinn Counties in Tennessee and Jackson County, Alabama.  This morning 200 breakfast biscuits along with coffee and water, were taken to Rosalie, AL community  from The Jackson County Salvation Army Service Unit and to Polk County Tennessee from the Cleveland Tennessee [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Responds After Tornadoes in South-Central Tennessee

Winchester, Tennessee—Strong storms, with likely tornadoes, ripped through north-central Alabama and south-central Tennessee in the early morning hours causing significant property damage and blamed for the loss of at least three lives.  Salvation Army officials are coordinating with local and state Emergency Management Agencies. “We have trained volunteers already in place in Winchester [Tennessee], and have specialized response [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army assisting relief efforts in Sevier County following wildfires

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The Salvation Army’s Knoxville Area Command has mobilized its disaster response unit (Canteen) to serve the areas of Sevier County affected by Monday’s wildfire near Gatlinburg. The unit is operating out of the organization’s Sevierville location. Knoxville Area Commander, Major Todd Smith is overseeing The Salvation Army’s relief efforts. In a statement he said, "We’re calling on [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army responds to large Thanksgiving Day Fire in Upstate New York

Batavia, NY - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team based in Batavia, NY (Genesee County) was requested and responded to a large food processing plant fire in the Village of Elba, New York on Thanksgiving morning. The team provided canteen and hydration services to firefighters who were involved in fighting the fire at the largest onion processing facility in New York State.  Due to the size of the fire, over 100 firefighters from [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Responds After Gas Explosion In Canton, Ill.

(Canton, Ill.--Nov. 17, 2016)  The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response has been on the scene in downtown Canton after a gas main exploded, killing one man, injuring 11 others and leveling a building there on Wednesday evening. Police evacuated all buildings within a two block radius of the explosion, leaving many people temporarily homeless.  Canton Corps Officer Lt. Sarah Eddy [READ MORE]