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The Salvation Army Increasing Presence And Supplies In Areas Impacted By Flood Waters

March 11, 2016 – 10:08 PM EST
Jon Kalahar
jon.kalahar@uss.salvationarmy.org
(601) 941-7779


flood suppliesJACKSON, MS (March 11, 2016) – The rains may have stopped, but that doesn’t mean the need for support is no longer there for residents in northern Louisiana. The Salvation Army is answering the call. Saturday morning the Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Disaster Services Division will send supplies to assist the Shreveport Corps located in northwest Louisiana. A truck of supplies supported by the Jackson Mississippi Corps will transport 1000 ready to serve meals, 300 comfort kits and 200 clean-up kits to Shreveport. These items will be distributed to local residents whose homes have been affected by flood waters.

“These supplies will allow the local Salvation Army to continue fulfilling its mission of serving the temporal and spiritual needs of those affected by this disaster.” said Terry Lightheart, Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, Emergency/Disaster Director.

In addition to supplies, a mobile canteen and 2 volunteers are being deployed to Shreveport from the New Orleans Area Command. This team will report to the local Corps on Saturday morning. The canteen and staff will support a mobile feeding mission to include serving local law enforcement and first responders manning checkpoints in the area.

“Emergency responders are vital to all disasters. We want to make sure they are taken care of in these types of situations,” said Major Ed Binnix, Northwest Louisiana Salvation Army Commander. “Mobile feeding units allow us to serve them as they serve the affected communities. These mobile units also provide support to residents who aren’t staying in shelters.”

In Monroe, Louisiana, The Salvation Army supported a local shelter and displaced residents with 150 meals and 175 drinks plus hygiene items. Officers and trained staff also provided emotional and spiritual care to 60 residents who escaped flooding.

“Although we continue to provide food, snacks and hydration to promote physical strength to those affected by this event; the emotional and spiritual care provides hope and encouragement to those who may be wondering why this is happening,” said Captain August Pillsbury, Monroe Corps officer.

The Salvation Army of Greenville, Mississippi is supporting a local shelter by providing meals, drinks, and spiritual and emotional care. Three hundred clean-up kits will also be delivered to the Greenville Corps Monday.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by these storms to please give monetarily through this link: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/march2016floods

Salvation Army disaster services are free. All people are served equally, without discrimination.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyalm.org.

Food, Drinks & Clean-Up Supplies In Route To Monroe, LA, To Aid Flood Survivors

March 11, 2016 – 10:13 AM EST
Jon Kalahar
jon.kalahar@uss.salvationarmy.org


flood relief

JACKSON, MS (March 11, 2016) – With rain continuing Friday across most of Louisiana and Mississippi, The Salvation Army’s Emergency/Disaster Services is sending extra supplies into one area already hit the hardest by the torrential rain and rising flood waters.

Staff and supplies from The Jackson, Mississippi Corps have been deployed to Monroe, Louisiana to assist with shelter and mobile feeding operations. The arriving supplies includes 3000 meals, two pallets of clean up kits, not to mention water and other essential items. Support also includes six staff members and volunteers, one mobile canteen, and one supply truck.

Monroe Corps officer, Captain August Pillsbury says this is what The Salvation Army does, one neighbor helping another.

“This is how we are able to do the most good in such unfortunate circumstances,” said Captain Pillsbury. “Our local folks need help through this flooding, we want to provide that as best we can. In this situation, we needed more supplies and the Jackson Corps was more than willing to lend a hand.”

Emergency/Disaster Services Director, Terry Lightheart, says The Salvation Army is continuing to monitor how much rain is expected across the area and will distribute supplies where they are needed most. She says most local Salvation Army Corps in the Division are on standby to respond to their own community’s needs or to help elsewhere if needed.

“First, we know food and hydration will be most important, not only for residents but for first responders helping folks escape the flood waters,” said Lightheart. “Then we want to help people recover and get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible, so we will make clean up kits available. But what is so unique about our response in these situations is our officers are also ordained ministers and can give spiritual and emotional care as well.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by these storms to please give monetarily through this link: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/march2016floods

Salvation Army disaster services are free. All people are served equally, without discrimination.

Food, Drinks & Clean-Up Supplies In Route To Monroe, LA, To Aid Flood Survivors

March 11, 2016 – 10:13 AM EST
Jon Kalahar
jon.kalahar@uss.salvationarmy.org


flood relief

JACKSON, MS (March 11, 2016) – With rain continuing Friday across most of Louisiana and Mississippi, The Salvation Army’s Emergency/Disaster Services is sending extra supplies into one area already hit the hardest by the torrential rain and rising flood waters.

Staff and supplies from The Jackson, Mississippi Corps have been deployed to Monroe, Louisiana to assist with shelter and mobile feeding operations. The arriving supplies includes 3000 meals, two pallets of clean up kits, not to mention water and other essential items. Support also includes six staff members and volunteers, one mobile canteen, and one supply truck.

Monroe Corps officer, Captain August Pillsbury says this is what The Salvation Army does, one neighbor helping another.

“This is how we are able to do the most good in such unfortunate circumstances,” said Captain Pillsbury. “Our local folks need help through this flooding, we want to provide that as best we can. In this situation, we needed more supplies and the Jackson Corps was more than willing to lend a hand.”

Emergency/Disaster Services Director, Terry Lightheart, says The Salvation Army is continuing to monitor how much rain is expected across the area and will distribute supplies where they are needed most. She says most local Salvation Army Corps in the Division are on standby to respond to their own community’s needs or to help elsewhere if needed.

“First, we know food and hydration will be most important, not only for residents but for first responders helping folks escape the flood waters,” said Lightheart. “Then we want to help people recover and get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible, so we will make clean up kits available. But what is so unique about our response in these situations is our officers are also ordained ministers and can give spiritual and emotional care as well.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by these storms to please give monetarily through this link: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/march2016floods

Salvation Army disaster services are free. All people are served equally, without discrimination.

Salvation Army Mobilizes In Louisiana To Help Flood Survivors

March 10, 2016 – 9:44 PM EST
Jon Kalahar
jon.kalahar@uss.salvationarmy.org


floodsJACKSON, MS (March 10, 2016) – With continued flooding across North Louisiana, The Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana Emergency Disaster Services Division of The Salvation Army is coordinating disaster relief efforts with local Army representatives in Mississippi and Louisiana.  Staff and supplies from The Jackson, Mississippi Corps is being deployed to Monroe, Louisiana, Friday morning to assist with shelter and mobile feeding operations. Support includes six staff and volunteers, one mobile canteen and one supply truck loaded with water, clean-up kits, food and other essential supplies.

According to Monroe Corps officer, Captain August Pillsbury there are six shelters currently open with approximately 550 occupants, as of Thursday afternoon.

“We will support feeding at the shelters as requested. There are also residents out in the community as well as first responders who are helping those in need, and we want to be there for them as well,” said Captain Pillsbury.

In Shreveport, flooding, has warranted evacuation of as many as 3,500 families resulting in shelters opening in both Shreveport and Bossier City.   The Shreveport Corps of the Salvation Army is tasked with feeding the flood evacuees in the shelters. The Corps is also roaming through affected communities with a mobile canteen providing snacks and hydration to residents and emergency responders.

“We are responding to needs as they arise, while preparing to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in the weeks ahead,” says Major Ed Binnix, commander of the Salvation Army of Northwest Louisiana.  “Our canteen will be out in the neighborhoods during recovery with assistance which will include food, hydration and Salvation Army cleanup kits.”

As rain moves east, local Salvation Army Corps in the Mississippi Delta are also preparing to respond to residents who may need to leave their homes before the flood waters rise.  The Greenville, Mississippi Corps is providing food and snacks to shelter occupants located at the Washington County Convention Center in Greenville until further notice. “We are available to assist wherever we are needed to bring some comfort to the citizens of Greenville,” said Lieutenant Damon Graham, Greenville, MS Corps Officer.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by these storms to please give monetarily through http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/march2016floods

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyalm.org.

Shelters, warming stations opening to help those in need escape winter weather

20150219-DSC05134The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi is caring for those in need during the severe weather that brought dangerously low temperatures, plus snow and sleet in some areas. Many of our local corps will open emergency shelters and warming stations while temperatures continue to drop. They are also extending hours for several of our shelters.

Snow and sleet in north Mississippi prompted Greenville and Greenwood Corps to open an overnight shelter and warming stations for local residents to escape the conditions.

In Greenville, the overnight shelter opens at 7pm. The warming station is open from 8:30am until 2:30pm.

“We know this is dangerous weather for anyone to be out in overnight,” said Lieutenant Damon Graham, Greenville Corps Officer. “We want folks to know they have a place to stay or simply a place to go get warm.”

Coffee snacks, and meals in some cases are available in the warming station.

In Greenwood, the overnight shelter is open from 6pm till 9am and the warming station opens at 10am and closes at 6pm.

“The Salvation Army will keep these places open as long as there are people who need them. We won’t turn anyone away,” said Captain Ben Deuel, Greenwood Corps Officer.

Both shelters and warming stations are open to the general public.

In Hunstville, Alabama, Corps Officer, Major Donald Wilson says they are maintaining a warming station, but they are also helping the homeless who may not want to come to The Salvation Army’s facilities.

“We currently have supplies such as coats, gloves, blankets and toboggans for the homeless who plan to stay outside. Plus, our canteen is ready to serve if needed,” said Wilson.

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast emergency cold weather shelters will be open as long as there is a need.

The Corps will continue to monitor the conditions about whether to open up on future days or nights as conditions and circumstances warrant.

To contact The Salvation Army in your area, please go to the locations page on our website at www.salvationarmyalm.org/locations

Jon-Kalahar

Lightheart takes over Emergency/Disaster Services for Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division

Terry Lightheart 1For The Salvation Army’s Emergency/Disaster Services, you hope your services aren’t needed, but you must be ready in case they are. That’s the fine line these employees walk. You may not be needed each day or even each week, but when you are called upon, you must be prepared to respond. Disaster services is all about preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.

Growing up in Canton, Mississippi, with an Army Lieutenant Colonel father, our division’s newest Emergency Disaster Services Director, Terry Lightheart says preparedness was just a part of everyday life.

“My father and mother believed in always being prepared. When we shopped for groceries, it was for a month’s supply. Living on a farm, we always had a garden and preserved what we grew. My father also kept extra supplies such as fuel, batteries, flashlights, camping equipment etc. as a backup so that our lives would not be too disrupted in an emergency,” said Lightheart.

This type of living instilled in a young Lightheart a sense of personal responsibility that launched within her a passion for preparedness as an adult.

“I realized that I wanted to be involved in emergency management as a career after becoming a disaster response volunteer for the American Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina,” said Lightheart. “An opportunity to do just that came when a full-time salaried position as the Emergency Services Manager opened. I was already actively involved as a volunteer, so I was thrilled to fill the position.”

This decision opened doors for other opportunities to serve in the emergency management profession. Prior to joining The Salvation Army family, Lightheart served as the Director for the Office of Preparedness with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of three Bureaus (Exercise, Plans and Training). In this capacity, she coordinated the efforts of the Plans Section for the State Emergency Operations Center and served as the Chair for the Governors Active Shooter Task Force. Prior to this appointment, Terry served as the Hurricane Program Manager for MEMA, and as a Senior All Hazards Planner for the Mississippi State Department of Health where she focused on earthquake, mass fatality, and non-ambulatory patient transportation planning training, coordination, and exercise.

“Through prior positions, I have had the opportunity to work with The Salvation Army,” said Lightheart. “I was impressed with how the representatives that I encountered were always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide disaster relief services to those in need. It was evident that The Salvation Army was and is invaluable prior to, during and after disaster related events.”

Lightheart firmly believes that emergency preparedness is a team and community effort.  She sees her and other ALM-EDS staff primary roles and responsibilities as providing support to the Corps and Service Centers. Therefore, one of her first goals is to become better acquainted with The Salvation Army officers, local and state community leaders, and other Salvation Army family members in order to promote awareness and continuity of operations across the three state division. Several other goals include working as a team to develop a written Emergency Operations Plan,  recruitment of disaster response volunteers through training and exercise ultimately building a response team that is three levels deep to cover incident command positions during  states of emergency and as requested, to provide divisional support for disaster response and recovery efforts.

Lightheart is pleased to learn how much The Salvation Army does outside of disaster services.

“Prior to this position, I was not fully aware of The Salvations Army’s mission. I am impressed with the diversity of programs which includes a whole community concept of unconditionally serving all those who are in need through ministering and providing support for daily living. I have no reservations about being a part of this great organization and have felt nothing but welcomed by everyone that I have encountered I support the mission and I am glad to help in any way that I can.”

Terry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University. She has earned the designation as a Mississippi Certified Emergency Manager (MCEM). Since 2013, Terry has served as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for International Association of Emergency Managers – USA (IAEM-USA). She serves on a volunteer basis as an Assessor for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), is a member of the Mississippi Civil Defense/Emergency Management Association, a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Epsilon Pi Phi Emergency Management Honor Society.

The Salvation Army Responds As Storms Wreak Havoc Across Gulf States

(story originally posted by Thad Hicks on disaster.salvationarmyusa.org)

Jackson, MS (April 28, 2015) – The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi has responded to four separate emergency situations across the division due to severe weather.

The storms affected residents near Dothan, Alabama, in the small community of Columbia, several families are displaced due to storms Saturday. Majors George and Patty Price, along with employees and volunteers, started by serving dinner out of a local gymnasium. Their operation has since expanded to serving lunch and dinner. The Dothan Corps is also providing drinks and ice for the nearly 800 homes that lost power.

“This is what we do,” said Major George Price. “The need was there and we simply stepped in to help.”
On the Alabama Gulf Coast, a sudden storm with high winds caused an annual boat regatta to end in tragedy Saturday evening just off Dauphin Island near Mobile, Alabama.  The storm capsized several boats leading to at least two deaths. The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama responded to help serve food, drinks and snacks to local law enforcement and Coast Guard officials who are searching the Mobile Bay for missing boaters.  To reach searchers, The Salvation Army loaded a Mobile County Sheriff’s Office boat with food and drinks to take out to the law enforcement agencies.

“It’s just one less thing they have to worry about,” Patricia Finkbohner, Salvation Army director of development and community services, said. “They didn’t want to come in and take a break, they really wanted to stay out and search.”

The Salvation Army is also providing emotional and spiritual care to family members who are waiting for their loved ones to be found.

Rough weather Monday led to a possible tornado touchdown near Baton Rouge. Power was knocked out to several thousand residents in and around the area. The Baton Rouge Corps responded with a canteen to one of the hardest hit areas in Killian, Louisiana and passed out food bags.  “Many folks are without power and may not have been prepared for this storm,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army of Baton Rouge. “The Salvation Army will be there to meet these immediate needs, and we will be there as long as residents need our help.”

The same storm to blow through Baton Rouge also caused wind damage and flooding in New Orleans. At the New Orleans Area Command, the Center of Hope lost power. So, Major David Worthy and the overnight staff manned their crisis stations at the facility throughout the night to make sure the residents stayedsafe and secure.

“We used our disaster canteen truck to power fans and portable lights to shed a little light and move a little air around to keep things more bearable,” said Major Worthy.
Power has since been restored to the Center of Hope in New Orleans.


The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children.  82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.