CURRENT EMERGENCY RESPONSES

December 2014

Liberia: The Ebola response in Liberia is still ongoing. In coordination with WFP and other agencies the Salvation Army is still providing food and hygiene items to affected communities. They are also making plans regaring the planned re-opening of the eleven Salvation Army schools as well as potential agricultural support to farming communities.More

DRC: The Salvation Army DRC distributed food parcels to 3100 internally displaced people from an ethnic minority group and is also involved in providing assistance to the displaced children by including them in the Salvation Army schools and offering school feeding.

Kenya: 25 schools in Turkana receive assistance with food items in order for these schools to waive part of the school fees for drought affected families

November 2014

Sierra Leone: The Salvation Army in Sierra Leone is providing food and non-food items to quarantined and Ebola affected communities. All activities are coordinated with other organisations working oin the Ebola response.

Ghana: Twelve Salvation Army health centres and institutions are getting equipped with hygiene and protection items.

 

October 2014

Pakistan: Severe flooding has affected many parts of Pakistan. The Salvation Army provides relief food and non-food items to many affected families.

Rwanda: The Salvation Army in Rwanda supports 30 families who have returned from Tanzania with roofing sheets, doors and window frames in order to support them constructing their homes.

Georgia: The Salvation Army supports flood affected families by providing them with relief items such as clothing.

September 2014

Liberia: The Salvation Army is responding to the Ebola epidemic, with distribution of essential sanitiser, protective clothing and food. More

Bangladesh: The Salvation Army Bangladesh responds to floods by distributing food parcels to 950 affected families. More

Mexico: The Salvation Army is supporting 6000 people affected by the latest hurricane with hot meals for two weeks using their mobile canteens.

 

August 2014

Nepal: In response to the recent floods and landslides the Salvation Army in Nepal distributes food and shelter relief items.

Sri Lanka: The people in the Polonnaruwa District are experiencing a severe drought. The Salvation Army Nepal responds by providing portable water to affected families.

July 2014

Ukraine: The Salvation Army hands out emergency food and hygiene products to people displaced by conflict.

The Philippines: The Salvation Army provides emergency food parcels to 1,500 families affected by the latest typhoon (Glenda).

June 2014

Chile: Almost 3,000 houses were destroyed by a massive fire. The Salvation Army assists the affected people with hot meals and cleaning equipment

Sri Lanka: The Salvation Army assists communities affected by floods and landslides with hot meals and the provision of drinking water. It has also started cleaning wells.

Paraguay: The Salvation Army assists flood-affected families with evacuation, hot meals, blankets and hygiene articles.

May 2014

India: 600 families affected by severe slum fires receive bedding and food assistance from The Salvation Army. In addition to the immediate relief, 800 school children received school materials.

Democratic Republic of Congo: The Salvation Army provides relief food to refugees returning to DRC.

April 2014

Uganda: The Salvation Army provides food parcels for families affected by a strong storm in Mawoito.

Solomon Islands: Food and shelter support is provided by The Salvation Army to families affected by flash floods.

Chile: Two strong earthquakes followed by many aftershocks struck the northen part of Chile. Survivors receive food support by The Salvation Army. More.

March 2014

Indonesia: The Salvation Army supports survivors of the Mount Ketut volcano erruption with food and bedding articles.

Zimbabwe: 500 families displaced by severe flooding in Tokwe Mukosi are provided with food and shelter by The Salvation Army.

Uganda: Since the latest fighting more than 100,000 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Uganda. In coordination with the Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR and other NGOs The Salvation Army provides urgently needed assistance in form of shelter and non-food items.

 

February 2014

Malawi: The Salvation Army provides packets with maize and beans to 350 families affected by floods in the Shire Valley.

The Philippines: 500 families affected by floods in Butan City were assisted by The Salvation Army with food parcels.

Kenya: 1,500 families (9,000 individuals) affected by severe drought in Northern Kenya (Turkana) receive urgently needed food parcels.

January 2014

Indonesia: In Medan City, Jakarta and Manado The Salvation Army provides assistance to a total of 7,000 people affected by a volcano erruption and floods. More.

St. Lucia: The Salvation Army supports flood affected families with mattresses and children with school material.

Sierra Leone: The Salvation Army assists 10 families with a total of 73 members with relief food, clothes and kitchen equipment after a massive fire in Freetown burnt all their belongings

PAST RESPONSES

December 2013

Rwanda: To establish better health and comfort status for more than 6,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo the Salvation Army provides washable mattresses and blankets.

Republic of Congo (Brazzaville): Thousands of people have fled the Central African Republic as a result of the fighting. The Salvation Army in the neighbouring Republic of Congo offers assistance in the form of food, clothing and hygiene articles.

November 2013

Myanmar: The Salvation Army responds quickly to assist monsoon victims in Central and Kalay Districts in Myanmar. 384 families were provided with food, water and other emergency resources.

The Philippines: International Emergency Services staff are assisting The Salvation Army in the Philippines as they respond to this super typhoon which has killed thousands of people and left tens of thousands displaced, homeless and needing urgent assistance. The work includes mobile medical teams, relief food packs, shelter assistance and other relief and recovery activities. More

 

October 2013

Jordan: The Salvation Army has started its relief operation in Jordan in partnership with the Lutheran World federation (LWF). More than 500,000 Syrian refugees have already been registered in Jordan. The most urgent needs are winterisation items. More

India: A severe cyclone hit India. 600,000 people were evacuated in time but the damage to properties and livelihoods is massive. The Salvation Army provided relief items to 250 families.

The Philippines: The Salvation Army provided relief to 1,500 families in Olongapo after flash floods and landslides caused major damages.

September 2013

Mexico: Mexico was  hit by two storms, 'Manuel' and 'Ingrid', which killed 70 people and displaced 300,000. The Salvation Army responded quickly by sending out its emergency mobile canteens and providing night shelter.

Nigeria: Floods destroyed the properties and livelihoods of many people in the Somorika area. The Salvation Army provided 250 families with emergency food as well as seeds so they can start planting again.

Kenya: The Kenyan Salvation Army reacted quickly to the shocking terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi by providing refreshments and supplies to security forces, volunteers and people donating blood. More

August 2013

Pakistan: Floods all over the country caused damage to families and communities. The Salvation Army responded as quickly as possible, providing support without discrimination.

July 2013

India: Heavy monsoon rains caused flash floods and landslides that killed more than 1,000 people. Over 100,000 people had to be evacuated. The Salvation Army is planning to provide urgent relief items.

June 2013

Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary: The Salvation Army responded to floods in Eastern Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary by providing food, drinks and emergency shelter. More on Hungary, More on Czech Republic, More on Germany

 

May 2013

Mali: As a result of the conflict in the north,almost 500,000 people fled to the south or to neighbouring countries. As the Salvation Army is still very small in Mali an International Emergency Services team was deployed to assist with relief and recovery efforts.

India: After insufficient rainfall in the past year western India suffered from drought. The Salvation Army provided relief in form of water and food.

USA:  The Salvation Army provided practical, emotional and spiritual support to people affected by tornadoes that caused devastation in Oklahoma. (More)

April 2013

Bangladesh: After the tragic event of the factory collapse the Salvation Army Bangladesh was on the ground immediately. In coordination with the government and other groups they provided urgent medicines and other support. (More)

Argentina: The Salvation Army in Argentina responded after storms and flooding caused devastation around Buenos Aires, with the city of La Plata being particularly badly hit. (More)

Malawi: Delegates from Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi attended a PREPARE training in Blantyre in order to increase the local Salvation Army territories’ abilities to prepare for and respond to disasters.

China: The Salvation Army in Hong Kong and China reacted quickly to the devastating earthquake in Sichuan. (More)

March 2013

Pakistan: Clashes between Christians and Muslims caused displacement among communities. The Salvation Army provided beds and other bedding materials for these families.

February 2013

Kenya: The Salvation Army prepared for the upcoming elections. This included preparedness activities, training and activities promoting peace. As a well-known church and organisation in Kenya the Army wanted to contribute to peaceful elections in March.

India Eastern: Ten thousand familes living in camps due to ethnic clashes were supported by The Salvation Army with blankets, clothing, tarpaulins annd hygiene articles.

Philippines: The Salvation Army was still busy with relief and recovery efforts after Typhoon Bopha caused destruction. More than 1,800 families received food and non-food items. More

Mozambique: More than 200,000 people were affected by heavy floods. The Salvaton Army met with the local Government and other stakeholders and visited the affected areas. It put in place plans to provide food, non-food items and construction materials for people displaced by this disaster. In addition to these activities the Army gave consideration to providing school items in order to get children back to school.

January 2013

India Northern: This winter is particularly harsh in northern India, where 150 people have died due to severe weather conditions. Many of the dead could not afford a place to live. To respond to this situation The Salvation Army provided blankets and relief food to 2,500 of the most most vulnerable families in Moradabad, Bareilly and Delhi.

The Salvation Army volunteers providing relief itemsIndonesia: Severe floods – the worst since 2007 – blocked roads and forced business centres and schools in the capital, Jakarta, to close. The transportation system was paralysed. The Salvation Army provided emergency food, drinks, boats and medication to flood victims. Medical assistance was given out of temporary clinics set up and operated by Salvation Army teams. These were made up of staff, members (including doctors and nurses) and volunteers.

Mali: Due to fighting in the north of the country, thousands of people were displaced. Some moved to neighbouring countries but many also fled to the south of Mali. The Salvation Army is only small in this country but it has provided hospitals with food items for war-wounded members of the population.

December 2012

PREPARE training in ArgentinaArgentina: A group of 50 enthusiastic Salvation Army pastors from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay attended a PREPARE training course in Buenos Aires. The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services department facilitates these courses all over the world in order to train our people in disaster preparedness and response. We covered topics such as human rights, standards in disaster response, needs assessment, coordination etc.

Philippines: Typhoon Bopha ploughed across Mindanao island, flattening whole towns in its path as hurricane-force winds brought torrential rain that triggered a deadly combination of floods and landslides. The storm destroyed homes, farms and livelihoods. Initial reports indicate that nearly 200,000 people are homeless and 475 confirmed dead after the Philippines' worst typhoon this year. This was the same area that suffered devastating floods in 2011 with the loss of 1,500 lives. The government appealed for international help and The Salvation Army's Mindanao Island Division responded to the island-wide catastrophe. A team provided initial food relief as well as bedding and other material to the people in the affected areas.

November 2012

Cuban Salvation Army corps damaged by Hurricane SandyCuba: Hurricane Sandy crossed eastern Cuba. After arriving in the Greater Antilles, the storm become a Category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds of up to 175 km per hour. The hurricane left the island by the province of Holguin, about five hours after touching down in Santiago de Cuba and brought heavy rain, strong winds and flooding in almost the entire eastern region of the island.

Heavy material damage was reported, especially in Santiago de Cuba. Thousands of people were evacuated throughout eastern Cuba. The authorities ordered the transfer of animals to safe areas and food storage and preparation of medical brigades. The Civil Defence department had prepared measures for the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Coastal areas experienced waves several metres high.

The Salvation Army provided relief food as well as temporary shelter materials to more than 1,000 people.

Damage in Jamaica

Caribbean: Hurricane Sandy moved across the Caribbean affecting the islands of Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas. Seventy people were killed and significant damage was caused to property and livelihoods. The Salvation Army worked with other organisations and provided food, hygiene supplies and shelter support to people in need.

USA: The Salvation Army had desks in New York's Emergency Operation Centre under the oversight of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and alongside groups such as the NYPD (New York Police Department), FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the National Guard, the American Red Cross etc. On 12 sites allocated by the Mayor’s office, The Salvation Army – alongside other stakeholders – provided food, water, cleaning and hygiene kits to the people affected. In addition, The Salvation Army took food to people with special needs in shelters or their homes. Many of them were without electricity for up to 10 days which meant no lifts either – difficult for many who live in tower blocks. After the immediate relief efforts, plans were made for longer-term support.

Food distributionGuatemala: The Salvation Army served the community of San Cristobal, Cucho, after the devastating 7.4 earthquake that damaged badly most of San Marcos (near the Mexican border), Solola, Quetzaltenango and Guatemala City. The Salvation Army has served to date more than 130 families and 657 individuals with water, dry food, clothing and blankets. Most of the inhabitants of San Cristobal are descendants of native Mayan people who speak the Mam language and live as farmers in small hamlets in the mountains. Besides water, the need for blankets and sweaters was significant as San Cristobal Cucho annual median temperature is between 5° to 20°C (32°F to 68°F) and temperatures kept dropping as winds from the north swept through the mountains.

September 2012

Salvation Army teams in Indonesia continued to offer support to communities affected by an earthquake in the Central Sulawesi Province. More.

June 2012

Nigeria: The Salvation Army in Nigeria responded after a plane crashed into a residential area near Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Sunday 3 June. More

May 2012

Georgia: The Salvation Army in Georgia is providing assistance to families affected by floods. More

Democratic Republic of Congo: The Salvation Army in central Africa is responding to a growing humanitarian crisis. Many have fled their homes because of fighting between DRC troops and rebels. More

Pakistan: UPDATE Hyderabad was badly hit by the 2010 flood but the flood of 2011 took a different route and affected several communities, including some where there is a Salvation Army presence. The Pakistan Territory was able to help some with foodstuffs financed through International Emergency Services in communities identified with the most urgent need. However, the territory is now seeing the need for shelter solutions and feels that it would be good to assist families to find a permanent solution.

In a community-driven process 148 families were identified as the most vulnerable. Training in brick-laying will take place for those available so they can assist with the rebuild as well as learn transferable skills. The projects officers will also facilitate the contribution of families to this project. With contribution from each affected family, the plan is to build one room. The family can later add additional rooms to this. The territory has a Sustainable Livelihood Project in this area and has already established a strong development approach and is therefore confident that this approach will work well.

Italy: Two earthquakes took place in Mirandola and Finale Emilia, affecting a population of 24,000 individuals. These people are now living in various camps and, due to ongoing tremors, it iwas estimated that they would have to stay there until October. After meetings with the local authorities and the civil defence, The Salvation Army was asked to support these affected people with food items.

Angola: The area bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo saw an influx of returning refugees. These people left Angola 27 years ago due to the civil war but have been asked to resettle back in their home country. An estimated 3,000 people per week are arriving in transit camps. Food assistance and sleeping mats are provided by The Salvation Army in coordination with other stakeholders.

April 2012

Fiji: Salvation Army staff and volunteers worked in flood-ravaged Fiji as the island nation braced itself for a tropical storm predicted to intensify to cyclone force. More

March 2012

Republic of Congo: A Salvation Army team investigated how best to help people forced from their homes by a series of massive explosions in Mpila, near Brazzaville. More

USA: The Salvation Army provided aid to people affected by tornadoes in the USA. More

Australia: Salvation Army Emergency Services teams have been working in areas of New South Wales which have experienced the worst flooding in 150 years. More

Sierra Leone: On 29 March a fire broke out in Freetown City very near to The Salvation Army's headquarters. Five big houses burnt down completely which resulted in nine families losing their homes and all their possessions. After speaking with the disaster victims the biggest needs were identified as mattresses, clothes, cooking utensils and food.

February 2012

Ukraine: As severe cold weather spread across much of Eastern Europe, one of the worst-affected countries was Ukraine, where temperatures dropped as low as -36°C. More

January 2012

Mozambique/Malawi: In January, a storm in Mozambique and heavy rains in the southern region of Malawi caused water to rise in streams and branches of the Shire River. Many houses were destroyed and the affected households sought refuge with relatives or in camps set up by the local government. The Salvation Army distributed food, blankets and shelter material to meet the needs of the people in the weeks immediately after the incident. Some communities were told they couldn’t go back; the government wanted to relocate them away from the dangerous flood zone. However, the problem was that there was no infrastructure in the new location; no water, schools, hospitals or anything. So people were reluctant to go … The needs were still great both for the people who stay and slowly rebuild their lives as well as for the people who will eventually move.

December 2011

Indonesia: Flash flooding and landslides affected parts of Central Sulawesi. Emergency services teams from four Salvation Army divisions responded immediately. More

Philippines: The Salvation Army in The Philippines responded to the flash flooding that brought devastation to the island of Mindanao. More than 1,000 people are known to have died. More

New Zealand: Salvation Army teams responded quickly on 23 December to provide emergency assistance to those affected by the latest severe earthquakes to strike Christchurch. More

November 2011

Central America: The Salvation Army in Central America provided assistance to people affected by severe flooding. Heavy rains that started in October caused more than 90 deaths in the region. More

October 2011

Haiti: Nearly 700 students started the school year in newly repaired Salvation Army school buildings. The Haiti Recovery and Development School Renovation and Construction team worked hard during the summer. More

Kenya: Turkana, in north-west Kenya, remains the major focal point for drought response activities. Short-term relief programmes were delivered for struggling communities. More

September 2011

India South Western: Heavy rains affected 113 villages in Kerala. Twelve people lost their lives, a bridge collapsed and 700 houses were severely damaged. People were forced to move to safer places and some had to live in relief camps. The Salvation Army coordinated with the local Government and other NGOs, providing relief food and non-food items (such as mats and cooking utensils) to 750 families.

July 2011

Argentina: Due to the Volcanic Ash falling from the Puyehue Volcano in Chile, the city of Bariloche, Argentina, where The Salvation Army has a corps, declared a state of emergency. Other communities closer to the volcano were evacuated. Both in Bariloche and in the other nearby communities, the emergent needs were for non-perishable food and practical support to reinforce the structure of precarious houses, mainly the replacement of sheets in the case of corrugated iron roofs. The community asked the Salvation Army for help, especially small towns near Bariloche, where there is no media coverage. A district team made of three volunteers and the District Officer went for several days to help the people with their houses. The community members worked alongside the local and district teams in the building repair tasks.

March 2011

Japan: The Salvation Army in Japan responded to the earthquake and tsunami that brought devastation to the north of the country. More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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