Disaster response: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Katia and Maria
The Salvation Army has activated all of its US and Canadian emergency disaster response assets, in an unprecedented response to the succession of hurricanes which have wrought devastation across large areas of the Caribbean and southern USA. These units are able to provide food, shelter and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this ongoing devastating weather event.
The international leader of The Salvation Army, General André Cox writes: 'As you would expect The Salvation Army was quickly deployed, as we are always ready to respond to human need. The Salvation Army in the USA is well resourced, trained and networked to be able to respond instantly and work in partnership with other agencies. As with other disasters around the world, The Salvation Army is not just there for the immediate crisis. We are there for the duration – to see people through the immediate disaster and to help them rebuild lives, homes, businesses and communities.' See his full letter here, and a video filmed during his recent visit to Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX.
In light of the scale of the response needed, The Salvation Army has launched an international fundraising appeal to resource the relief effort. Gifts in kind are not being sought at this time.
31 October 2017
2017's hurricane season has been particularly destructive with Salvation Army responders stretched beyond what they thought they were capable of
27 September 2017
The Coca-Cola Foundation is providing US\$1 million to The Salvation Army to help provide immediate resources for food and shelter in hurricane-hit areas
19 September 2017
Category 5-rated Hurricane Maria is passing through a swathe of Caribbean islands, many of which had already been severely damaged by Irma
13 September 2017
More than half a million meals have now been served by The Salvation Army to people diisplaced or who have had their homes damaged by hurricanes
09 September 2017
As The Salvation Army responds to disasters across the Caribbean, the southern states of the USA and South Asia, General Cox brings a special message
08 September 2017
Hurricane Irma has caused devastation in parts of the Caribbean, rendering the island of Barbuda ‘barely habitable’ according to PM Gaston Browne
04 September 2017
92 mobile canteens and an emergency field kitchen are currently meeting human needs in southeast Texas after flooding caused by Storm Harvey
01 September 2017
The international leader of The Salvation Army writes to Salvationists and friends about the long-term ramifications of Storm Harvey
29 August 2017
As continued rainfall from Storm Harvey presents extreme danger to the Gulf Coast, The Salvation Army in Texas is providing food and hydration
26 August 2017
42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens have been deployed by The Salvation Army following the landfall of the Category 4 storm