Emergency Disaster Services

All throughout Carteret County, there are piles on the sides of the roads. Limbs and brush, furniture, mattresses, appliances and more

Cleaning Up Carteret County Begins, One Kit At A Time

All throughout Carteret County, there are piles on the sides of the roads. Limbs and brush, furniture, mattresses, appliances and more – all evidence of a community trying to put the pieces back together.

Now that power has been fully restored, people are returning to their homes to assess the damage and begin the arduous task of cleaning up. Many homes encountered flooding, so everything has been destroyed. People are ripping out carpet, and bleaching away the mold and mildew.

On Tuesday, Salvation Army crews canvassed the county, dropping off cleanup kits with much needed essentials including disinfectant, scrubbing brushes, gloves, towels and other supplies. These 5-gallon buckets are a start for these families facing a long road ahead.

“Our prayer is that these clean up kits are more than just what’s inside,” said Lt. Jeremy Lind. “We hope these are a little glimpse of Jesus.”

Lind, and other Salvation Army disaster workers, spent the morning driving to different Down East communities to check in on the local residents.

In Cedar Island, a community at the far eastern tip of Carteret County, the staff at the fire department was grateful.

“The Salvation Army has been our saving grace,” Fire Chief Rodney Smith said. “They were here from the beginning.” Larry Land, a board member with the local Salvation Army of Carteret County, has been dropping food and checking on this community on a regular basis. Now, the local Cedar Island fire department has turned its attention to take care of others who have been impacted even more.

In Marshallberg, the sign outside of the Marshallberg Fire Department read “Need clean up kits.” So, the Salvation Army’s arrival today was met with applause and pictures. “This is all we needed!” one local resident remarked.

In Otway, Marie and David were just returning from Florida. They evacuated and escaped the storm but their home certainly didn’t. Clean up kits and a tarp were all they needed.

“We just got back and don’t know where to start,” Marie said. “This is a huge help.” They took four buckets for their home and their neighbors.

In Harkers Island, The Salvation Army has had a constant presence, feeding and providing supplies and support. This morning, one resident summed up the experience: “What a blessing The Salvation Army has been to this community.”

In the small community of North River, residents are still picking up the pieces. “This was a bad one here. People underestimate it, but water is devastating,” Alton Davis, chief at the North River Fire Department said.

Davis himself saw extensive damage at his own home. Yet, he was thrilled to receive clean up kits. At the station this evening, Davis is hosting dinner and a supply pickup. Residents will be able to come by and receive clothing and cleaning supplies.

“Thank you for everything y’all have done,” Davis said. But, the community fire department has done just as much for its community. And, that has been the case at each of the small communities throughout Carteret County.

A message written on the side of a discarded refrigerator on Highway 70 said, ”Thank all of y’all.” In this case, it includes The Salvation Army, the utility workers from all over the country, and the neighbors who have been looking out for each other.

Hurricane Florence tracks closer to North and South Carolina, The Salvation Army is preparing to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care

Hurricane Florence tracks closer to North and South Carolina

As Hurricane Florence tracks closer to North and South Carolina, The Salvation Army is preparing to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to individuals and families impacted by the storm and first responders.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Overview – North and South Carolina

  • At the logistical staging location in Charlotte, North Carolina, twenty-five mobile feeding units and teams from the Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi (ALM) Division, Florida Division, and Georgia Division are prepared to deploy as soon as storm conditions allow.
  • The mobile feeding units were joined in Charlotte by twenty-five Emotional and Spiritual Care specialists who will provide comfort and hope to survivors, first responders, and volunteers who are helping with the disaster.
  • In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers will focus primarily on the immediate needs, providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals, families, and first responders.
  • Through coordination with local emergency management and disaster service partners, Salvation Army units across the Carolina are providing meals to evacuation shelters and emergency operations centers ahead of Hurricane Florence.
  • The Salvation Army is coordinating with numerous county emergency operations centers and serving in state emergency operations centers in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units have deployed to assigned service areas.

  • A mobile feeding unit from Clearwater, FL has been deployed to Kinston, NC and is on standby to provide support in the area.
  • Charlotte, NC mobile feeding unit and team deployed to provide support in Horry County/Conway, SC alongside the Conway mobile feeding unit.
  • Hickory, NC deployed to provide support in Washington, NC alongside the Washington mobile feeding unit.
  • Greensboro, NC deployed to provide support Elizabeth City, NC alongside the Elizabeth City mobile feeding unit.
  • Greenville, SC, and Anderson, SC deployed to provide support in Charleston, SC alongside the Charleston mobile feeding unit.
  • The Salvation Army in Charleston is serving in partnership with the South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief. This collaboration has fed many thousands over its multi-decade partnership. The Baptist Disaster Relief cooks the hot meals and The Salvation Army mobile feeding units provide the meals where needed.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Overview – Georgia 

  • A Georgia Incident Management Team, led by Disaster Services Director Lanita Lloyd, has been identified and is prepared to respond. This leadership team will coordinate the response in Georgia.
  • Additional Georgia mobile feeding units are now being prepared for activation along with teams to be deployed in the areas of need in Georgia.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Overview – National Capital and Virginia 

  • Three Incident Command Posts have been created and are ready to mobilize and serve.
  • Seven mobile feeding units from Kentucky-Tennessee Division are now stationed in Roanoke.
  • The Salvation Army is prepared to serve.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

  • We have served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
  • The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to support those affected by Hurricane Florence. Our national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers will be deployed to several locations, prepared to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors.
  • In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.
  • We are there before, during, and after the storm

You can support the ongoing relief work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555.

Florence

National Capital & Virginia Division Readies Response to Hurricane Florence

The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division is closely monitoring weather conditions as Hurricane Florence continues its path in the Atlantic Ocean. Most recent reports indicate that the Hurricane may make landfall to near Category 5 strength Thursday night along the North Carolina coast. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued yesterday for coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

“Together with our emergency response team in the Carolinas and our national disaster teams, we are closely monitoring the storm. We are ready to respond locally in coastal areas and beyond, where heavy rainfall and potential flooding may impact wide areas in Virginia,” said Major Chris Flanagan for The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division. “We pray that the impact will be light, but we are ready to provide relief to those affected by the storm and support our emergency management partners.”

The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to support those affected by Hurricane Florence, with trained disaster staff and volunteers and specialized equipment deploying to several locations. As in past disasters, The Salvation Army coordinates with community agencies and emergency management officials to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors. The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division has 8-10 mobile feeding units ready for disaster response throughout Virginia. Most of those units are on the road today and tomorrow, establishing staging areas in locations believed to be most impacted in the arrival and aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Salvation Army Williamsburg on the Scene of Helicopter Crash and Fire

Salvation Army Williamsburg on the Scene of Helicopter Crash and Fire

A townhome community adjacent to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, was the scene of a helicopter crash that killed at least one person and resulted in a fire on Sunday afternoon just before 4:45 p.m.

The accident scene is just about 100 yards from the new building for The Salvation Army of Williamsburg. Corp officers Lieutenants Jeremy and Whitney Lind provided bottled water, snacks, and spiritual care to the first responders, townhome residents, and neighbors. The Corps also offered the use of their parking lot to first responders and displaced residents. As the investigation continues into the cause of the crash that took the life of the helicopter pilot, the Corps will continue to monitor the scene and offer needed support.

 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go towww.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

The Salvation Army of Dane County's Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army of Dane County’s Emergency Disaster Services

PORTAGE, Wis. – The Salvation Army of Dane County’s Emergency Disaster Services response team is providing support to crews in Portage Tuesday as they continue to search for the body of a 13-year-old boy, the organization said Tuesday.

The Salvation Army said it’s providing hydration and food services to the boy’s family, EMTs and other first responders at the scene.

On Sunday at about 6 p.m., an officer was flagged down near Silver Lake Beach in Portageon a report of a person possibly drowning, according to the release. The boy was playing in the water near the boat launch at Silver Lake Beach, outside of the swim area.

Three days later, crews were still searching to recover his body.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the department has a dive team in the water, and the Department of Natural Resources and Milwaukee police are at Silver Lake with a sector scan sonar.

Authorities with the city, county and state departments have been at the scene to help in the search.

Lt. Keith Klafke said teams Tuesday were discussing the options left and worst-case scenario type of plans.

“We are using all the resources available and it is helpful to have these teams on hand,” Klafke said in the release. “Closing in on three days now, the other entities will help push the search into later today with more invasive search tactics.”

Klafke said the family has been an active part of the search process and everyone is working to keep false information out of the media.

“I can understand the frustration of not having your boy in your arms for three days, but through it all the family has exhibited the utmost cooperation and been extremely supportive of our efforts.”

Silver Lake and its access points, including the beach, boat landing, park and parking lot areas, were closed to the public as the search continued, Portage police said.

 

Salvation Army captain goes on search-and-rescue mission after the storm. Ward’s contributions weren’t over once the waters receded.

Salvation Army captain goes on search-and-rescue mission after the storm

The boat already carried great meaning before the storm of Hurricane Harvey.

It had been passed down through three generations of men, a family heirloom bearing cherished memories of father-son fishing trips. Its significance would rise with the rain.

As the commanding officer of the Salvation Army’s Houston Northwest Corps, Capt. Jay Ward was prepared to serve in the relief effort once Harvey passed, but plans changed when his 18-year-old son Christian read messages of despair on the Nextdoor app. The people in distress were less than two miles away.

“Dad, we’ve got a boat,” Christian said. “We have to go help.”

The Salvation Army of Maryland is deploying some of its officers to Texas to help with the relief effort from Hurricane Harvey. The Salvation Army in Maryland is gearing up to send 12 officers to Texas.

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So, wearing athletic shorts and tennis shoes with no socks, they headed out into the floodwaters.

Ward recalls a man waving from his second-story window with a look of desperation. Inside his home, a flat screen television hung on the wall, framed photographs decorated the mantle. Everything appeared normal, except for the three feet of water and their floating furniture.

“It was a really odd feeling,” Ward said. “If you didn’t look down, you would never know that his house was full of water.”

Ward and his son used the family boat to rescue that man, plus 40 more people and 10 dogs over the next two days last August.

Ward’s contributions weren’t over once the waters receded. His church and community center became the Salvation Army’s first incident command post in Houston. Volunteers from all over the country met there to coordinate canteen, hydration and spiritual counseling services.

In a month’s time, the organization would serve nearly 1 million meals by way of 90 mobile canteens throughout Texas.

“We are not a search-and-rescue organization,” said Alexis Thompson, director of development at the Salvation Army of Greater Houston. “But Captain Ward jumped in and knew that he had to do something.”

“Our mission is to meet human needs without discrimination, and he did that in his own way.”

Friday, June 1, marks the official start of the 2018 Hurricane season. The Salvation Army stands ready to serve if needed. Mobile feeding units

The Salvation Army Prepares for 2018 Hurricane Season

Atlanta, GA – Friday, June 1, marks the official start of the 2018 Hurricane season. The Salvation Army stands ready to serve if needed. Mobile feeding units are in place to respond and serve first responders and disaster survivors at a moment’s notice.  Trained disaster workers and volunteers are prepared to provided physical, emotional and spiritual support.

During the devastating 2017 hurricane season, The Salvation Army responded with one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history, second only to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  In response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory and Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams from across the United States and Canada deployed to Texas, Florida and Georgia, providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.

Hurricane Harvey Response

On August 24, 2017, The Salvation Army began deploying resources in response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation and continued to offer meals, beverages and bulk items such as food boxes and clean-up kits across thirty-five Texas counties effected by the storm and to evacuees across the state and region. At the peak of the disaster response, The Salvation Army served over 900,000 meals from 96 mobile feeding units.

The Salvation Army provided:

  • 929,868 meals to survivors and first responders
  • 997,541 drinks and 977,553 snacks
  • Emotional and spiritual care to 58,318 individuals
  • 58,369 food boxes, 15,828 clean up kits and 108,344 comfort kits
  • 96 mobile feeding units at the peak response
  • Over 2 million hours of employee and volunteer service

Hurricane Harvey Long-Term Recovery Efforts

The Salvation Army continues to support the hardest hit areas of Texas by assisting individuals and families on the long road to recovery.  Through the work of a robust team of caseworkers, The Salvation Army has been able to help more than 16,000 clients and provide over $6 million in direct assistance to date.  Establishing partnerships with local community advocacy groups and churches have extended the reach of The Salvation Army’s ability to give assistance and needed supplies especially to those historically underserved and families in rural communities.

The Salvation Army also continues to distribute products donated by individuals and corporations, receiving in-kind gifts at its disaster warehouse in Arlington, Texas. These goods are sorted and disseminated to eight distribution locations in the affected area to make items available to people in need. Nearly $5 million worth of goods have been distributed to date.

Hurricane Irma Response

Preparations for the response to Hurricane Irma began before the storm made landfall by pre-staging mobile feeding units, other resources and aiding evacuees.  Once the storm had passed, 101 mobile feeding units were deployed during the response phase to provide over 375,000 meals to first responders and survivors throughout south and western Florida, including the Florida Keys and the coastal areas of South Georgia.

In Florida and Georgia, The Salvation Army provided:

  • 384,000 meals to survivors and first responders
  • 544,000 drinks and 342,532 snacks
  • Emotional and spiritual care to 28,382 individuals
  • 26,678 food boxes, 4,682 clean up kits and 24,258 comfort kits were distributed
  • 101 mobile feeding units at the peak response
  • Over 1.4 million hours of employee and volunteer service

Hurricane Irma Long-Term Recovery Efforts

The Salvation Army’s long-term recovery efforts continue in Florida where the charity is operating Disaster Assistance Centers in Naples and Ft. Meyers where disaster survivors can receive help navigating local, state, and federal assistance programs available to rebuild homes.  These centers also provide financial assistance, vouchers and various items such as toiletries, household supplies, water, and food to survivors.  Several long-term recovery initiatives are set to begin, including a multi-state partnership with The Home Depot to purchase building materials to provide building assistance.

The Salvation Army of Georgia is committed to sustaining long-term recovery efforts throughout the state in cooperation with partner agencies. Six disaster case workers have been hired and trained to reach out to those in Georgia impacted by the hurricanes. To date, these disaster case workers have closed 63 Hurricane Irma related cases and are working on another 63 cases. In addition, both the Georgia and Florida Division continue to provide support to evacuees from Hurricane Maria who have relocated from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other areas of the Caribbean.

As the 2018 hurricane season begins, The Salvation Army reminds everyone to be prepared.  A single storm can cause catastrophic damage and even a relatively weak storm can bring tremendous rain and cause life-threatening flooding.  Now is the time for families to develop a family disaster plan, to collect a kit of essential emergency supplies, and if you live in an area likely to be evacuated, to develop an evacuation plan and consider where you will relocate to and how.

Salvation Army Continues Long-term Hurricane Response in the Caribbean

Salvation Army Continues Long-term Hurricane Response in the Caribbean

London, 24 April 2018 – The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the worst in living memory. Major damage was recorded in Mexico and central America, and across the southern states of the USA, but perhaps the most significant devastation was seen on some of the Caribbean islands. The Salvation Army’s Caribbean, Latin America North and USA Eastern Territories, utilising staff and officers from corps (Salvation Army churches) across the region, was on the scene immediately, providing emergency help and aid to those in the greatest need. More than six months later, the response continues.

On the morning of 6 September 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the northern Caribbean. Turks and Caicos, Anguilla, Sint Maarten, the US Virgin Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and St Kitts and Nevis were badly affected and Barbuda was rendered uninhabitable, with most of the population being evacuated for their safety. Hurricane Irma was swiftly followed by Maria, the 10th-strongest hurricane in recorded history, which made landfall in Puerto, Turk and Caicos, and Dominica – where at least 80 per cent of the population was affected.

As the clouds began to clear, the severity of the situation was exposed to the world and The Salvation Army responded with numerous projects, providing food, shelter, non-food items (NFIs), mattresses and beds, and putting in place livelihood recovery programmes.

Working with local governments across the Caribbean, the neediest people were selected as initial beneficiaries for projects made possible by donations from the USA-based Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) and Salvation Army offices in Canada, The Netherlands, Norway and the USA Eastern Territory. Non-Salvation Army donors included EO Metterdaad and Coca-Cola.

Experienced responders were also sent to the region on behalf of The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services team, based in London. They provided expert assistance to local Salvation Army teams and reported back on some of the life-saving projects they witnessed.

One story that the team said was particularly memorable is that of a man known as Mr Louis, a retired 69-year-old who has lived on Dutch-speaking Sint Maarten since birth. As a child, he experienced Hurricane Donna, a category 5 storm that hit Sint Maarten in 1960, but he told Salvation Army workers that he had never seen anything like Hurricane Irma.

On the night of 5 September, Mr Louis went to bed as usual, only to be woken up in the middle of the night by severe winds and rain hammering his house. Frightened, he huddled with his wife and daughter in the living room, only for the roof of his home to be crushed by a fridge that had been thrown through the air by the storm. The family sought shelter from the rain in their car but, when they saw other cars and even sea containers being lifted and thrown around by the strong winds, they moved to their cellar. They stayed there until the hurricane had passed the island the next day.

Coming out of their shelter, they witnessed absolute devastation. The hurricane had caused major damage to their house – the porch was completely ripped away, windows were broken, doors were gone, the roof was crushed and most of their furniture would be impossible to save due to extreme water damage.

Conducting assessment visits to the Cole Bay area of Sint Maarten, where Mr Louis’s family has lived for more than 100 years, The Salvation Army identified him as a beneficiary of the shelter rebuilding programme. The damage was assessed and Mr Louis was provided with materials to rebuild his home, including hurricane straps that will make his new roof hurricane proof.

Mr Louis was helped to rebuild his house by his neighbours, supported by the Salvation Army team in Sint Maarten. He says that it will take years for Sint Maarten to recover from this devastating disaster, but he feels blessed with the support provided by The Salvation Army. He feels confident that, now the repairs to his house have been completed – especially the new roof – he will be able to protect his family from the hurricanes that he knows will continue to sweep across the Caribbean every year.

The Sint Maarten rebuilding programme is just one of a number of Salvation Army projects still under way across the Caribbean. On Turks and Caicos, for instance, children are being provided with school lunches and uniforms to help them to continue their education. Beds and bedding have been provided on the Bahamas, rebuilding programmes are under way on Dominica and on Barbuda, where households have been provided with basic provisions to see them through the short term and fishermen and a fisherwoman have received new boats and equipment to start replacing everything that was lost when Hurricane Irma struck. The response on St Kitts and Nevis includes providing assistance to the people who lost their homes.

Already, the people of the Caribbean are looking ahead to the 2018 hurricane season and wondering how they will be affected. The Salvation Army is committed to sustainable projects that bolster and enrich communities, enabling people to recover in the short term but also to be better prepared when, not if, the next hurricane arrives – maybe not this year or next year, but at some point in the near future.

  • Donations to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts across the Caribbean region can be made securely online at sar.my/amappeal 

From reports by Maike Bennema and Samuel Shearer
International Emergency Services

Photos of the rebuilding work on Sint Maarten can be downloaded from the IHQ Flickr stream: sar.my/sintmaartenmar18

New GPS technology helps disaster units offer better service

New GPS technology helps disaster units offer better service

In times of disaster and peril, many rely on The Salvation Army and, with a new initiative, those in need will be better informed and easier to serve. In partnership with US Fleet Tracking, the Army will begin rolling out new GPS tracking technology for monitoring disaster assets including canteens, tractor trailers and a wide variety of emergency vehicles.

Beginning Feb. 1, divisions throughout the Southern Territory began having high-end GPS devices hard-wired into vehicles with ignition starters. Beyond that, the Army will be able to utilize battery-powered technology easily affixed to smaller mobile units.

GPS will tell a disaster command exactly where a vehicle is deployed at any given time. The grand goal is to provide more detailed, precise information to the public.

“The big piece is that, once this system is fully operational, we will be able to share these unit locations with the general public,” said Jeff Jellets, territorial disaster services coordinator. “So, when someone calls and says, ‘My mother is in the disaster area and is in need,’ we’ll be able to point them to a map that says, ‘Here are our feeding locations, and here is where you can get service.’

“That’s the game-changer. And that’s where we want to be so we can better serve the public.”

The GPS technology, fully equipped with comprehensive customer service support from US Fleet Tracking, also provides the Army with a modern way to pinpoint maintenance needs, monitor overall fleet usage and generally improve oversight.

While the plan to upgrade the technology was in the works for several months last year, the Army had the opportunity for on-the-ground testing. Some of the new GPS-enabled units were used during disaster relief efforts after two devastating hurricanes.

“That real-time live disaster event during Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma showed what we had known all along, as far as the necessity in providing service to those impacted by the disaster,” said Steven Hartsook, director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division.

Positional information is transmitted via satellite and cellular networks. Under the new initiative, that provides upgraded accessibility and increased coverage.

The goal is to have each division completely outfitted with GPS by the June 1 beginning of Atlantic hurricane season.

New GPS technology helps disaster units offer better service

The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Following Tragic Parkland Shooting

Broward County, FL – The Salvation Army of Broward and Palm Beach Counties continue to serve in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Immediately following the shooting, Majors Keath and Candice Biggers, Fort Lauderdale Area Commanders, reported to the Broward County’s Emergency Operations Center to help assess community needs and offer The Salvation Army’s assistance.  Mobile feeding units from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach were deployed to serve water, coffee, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders last evening.

The Salvation Army met this morning with community officials at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center to coordinate efforts to be offered throughout the day. A prayer vigil to honor the victims is scheduled this evening at the same location.  The Salvation Army mobile feeding units will be on hand prior to the vigil to deliver meals, drinks and snacks.  Additionally, Salvation Army Officers, staff  and volunteers from Ft. Lauderdale Area Command will be available during and after the vigil offering emotional and spiritual care.

Major Keath Biggers is coordinating with local officials to address the needs of the community as they arise.

“We have seen first hand the pain and sorrow in the community, and we grieve with them,” said Major Keath Biggers. “We are ready to help the community in whatever capacity needed.”

In 2016, only a few hours away from Parkland, The Salvation Army supported families and responders following the tragedy at The Pulse Nighclub.  Over the course of three weeks volunteers, staff and emotional and spiritual care specialists provided financial assistance as well as food and beverages to survivors, families and emergency responders.  The foundation of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is to provide hope in times of crisis and right now The Salvation Army world-wide is surrounding Parkland and all of Broward County with thoughts and prayers.  The Salvation Army will continue to serve survivors and families as they seek to recover from this senseless tragedy.

For additional information on The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.