May 5, 2016 – As fires continue to rage in Alberta, The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services is providing support to first responders and disaster survivors. The Salvation Army has deployed four Community Response Units to feed 800 first responders engaged in the Fort McMurray fire response efforts. Two additional response units will arrive in today.
The Salvation Army is working closely with other NGOs and community agencies to determine how we can best assist and to ensure that no needs go unmet. The Salvation Army’s established and well-rehearsed emergency protocol allows the organization to mobilize quickly.
Before the fires intensified and led to a city-wide evacuation, The Salvation Army was providing food and water to displaced residents. Once the fires are under control, and people can return home, The Salvation Army will be present to provide practical support as well as emotional and spiritual care.
At this time, the best way for the public to help with relief efforts is though monetary donations. Donations can be made at SalvationArmy.ca/albertafires.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
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For further information please contact:
National Director of Marketing and Communications
The Salvation Army
Captain Pam Goodyear
Divisional Director of Public Relations and Development
Alberta and Northern Territories Division