Posts Tagged: Emergency Disaster Services

Salvation Army helps vulnerable in hot weather

Heat—The Most Harmful Weather for the Vulnerable


Heat is the number one weather-related killer in North America. In Toronto, it is estimated that 120 people die from the heat each year, compared to 105 from the cold. Ratios are similar in other cities. In sweltering temperatures it is critical that resources are available for vulnerable people such as those experiencing homelessness, the elderly and children. They are particularly at risk for heat-related illness. “Across Canada, warning systems and extreme weather response plans have been known to save lives,” says Major Rick Shirran, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

Salvation Army thrift store in High River reopens five months after floods wreaked havoc on its interior

Alberta Floods: One Year Later


June 20, 2014, marks one year since Canadians watched helplessly as powerful, high flood waters unleashed destruction on Calgary and much of southern Alberta, leaving more than a dozen towns declaring a state of emergency. Today, residents are still picking up the pieces of their lives and are, understandably, on edge when a lot of rain is forecasted and the snow pack in the mountains is deep. “I’m anxious every time it rains,” says Kathleen, a resident of High River who was helped by The Salvation Army. As one of

Salvation Army Philippines Relief Update


While The Salvation Army agrees the resilience of the Filipino people in the aftermath of the November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan is remarkable, there is still much work to be done. Carolyn Barkhouse, a member of The Salvation Army in Canada, was recently deployed to assist with ongoing recovery and development efforts. “I’m primarily based in Dulag, a city south of Tacloban on the island of Leyte in the middle of the country,” says Carolyn. “Leyte was the most heavily affected area of the Philippines by Typhoon Yolanda (called Typhoon Haiyan

Salvation Army in the News


The Salvation Army is helping vulnerable Canadians across the country. The following are links to media reports about The Salvation Army at work between May 12 – 16, 2014. Ottawa, Ont. Dozens of people were left without a home after fire ripped through a ground floor unit of an Ottawa high-rise, causing extensive smoke damage throughout. The Salvation Army was on the scene assisting those who needed shelter. Read more. Saskatoon, Sask. The province of Saskatchewan is committing as much as $2.35 million dollars to emergency shelters over the next

Caption: Salvation Army in Tonga

Salvation Army in Tonga Responds to Cyclone Ian


The Salvation Army is arranging practical assistance after the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga was hit by one of the most powerful storms on record. The most serious damage from Cyclone Ian occurred on the island of Ha’apai, where many buildings collapsed and one person was killed. The category five cyclone – the strongest type – included gusts of almost 180 miles per hour. The Salvation Army’s Regional Commander in Tonga has been speaking with government authorities and other non-governmental organizations about how the Army can help with relief efforts.

Salvation Army Improves Lives in Haiti


Four years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, The Salvation Army continues to help communities rebuild. Vocational training is one example of how The Salvation Army is bringing hope to those affected by the January 12, 2010 catastrophe.

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Salvation Army Philippines Assists Relief Efforts:Updates


Update November 15: With the mass transport of relief supplies to the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban still proving very difficult, The Salvation Army in The Philippines is working on alternative methods to get help to the thousands of people who are in desperate need. Teams of Salvation Army volunteers are providing life-saving items such as bottled water, biscuits, bananas and bread for people who have been evacuated to Cebu and Manila from Tacloban. The initial outlay will provide food and water packages for 3,500 people. The distribution of goods is


Salvation Army in The Philippines Prepares for ‘Significant Response’ to Typhoon


Salvation Army teams in The Philippines are preparing to provide assistance to the thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda). More than 2,000 people are thought to have lost their lives in the disaster, with hundreds of thousands left without homes, power or clean water. The worst-hit areas are impossible to reach by road, and many communities have no means of making contact with the rest of the country, meaning that it is difficult to build a clear picture of exactly where the need is

Salvation Army in Rwanda Responds to Increasing Refugee Numbers


The Salvation Army in Rwanda is responding to the growing number of refugees fleeing across the border to escape ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A transit centre at Nkamira – initially built for 2,000 people then extended to 5,000 – now houses in excess of 9,000. Because of this, a new camp has been set up in Mugombwa, and people are already being moved there from the transit centre. Most refugees have fled with only what they deemed to be necessary items. Many have respiratory problems and


Salvation Army Team in Jordan Begins Syrian Refugee Assistance


A Salvation Army Army International Emergency Services team in Jordan is working with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to assist refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict in Syria. The United Nations reports that more than two million people have fled Syria, with in excess of half a million seeking safety in Jordan. Salvation Army emergency workers are being well supported by Mr Nader Duqmaq, the head of LWF’s Jordan office, and his team. They have been allocated room in the LWF office in Amman, and have been supplied with mobile phones