Salvation Army Opens Disaster Assistance Centre In High River

Salvation Army
by Alberta

Alberta Flood Relief Update – July 15, 2013

To date, throughout the areas affected by flooding in southern Alberta, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration to over 41,000 people. We have also provided emotional and spiritual care (ESC) and crisis intervention stress management support to more than 1500.

Words cannot adequately express our gratitude for the tremendous support that we have received. From the countless volunteers who have given of their time, the donors who have contributed so generously, to our own divisions who have sent the needed personnel and equipment to assist and our territorial headquarters who have been so supportive. Our heartfelt thanks to each of you!

Calgary – The Calgary Flood Emergency has officially ended and residents who are still displaced will be assisted through our Community Services office. The Centre of Hope has been reopened for two weeks and the restoration to the basement area continues, however we still have no access to elevators.

High River – During the past week we have continued to provide hydration and food at various locations around High River. Our Emotional & Spiritual Care team travelled the streets, often on foot, providing hydration and snacks while checking on residents who had begun the clean-up of their homes. ESC teams were also on hand to support residents who have been evacuated from the worst hit areas as they met for an update on their homes.

Clean up continues in the basement of the corps building, as well as the Thrift Store and Community & Family Services. We anticipate that the Thrift Store and Community & Family Services will remain closed for some months however, today, the Disaster Assistance Centre will open in High River on the parking lot of the corps building (Monday-Friday, 9-4pm). Over the weekend dedicated volunteers spent countless hours packing food hampers which will be distributed, along with a $100 RBC Visa Card, clothing and other miscellaneous items.

Exshaw – A team continues to provide lunch from 11am to 1pm each day in Exshaw to residents and volunteers. A member of the Emotional & Spiritual Care team is also on site to assist.