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.
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