Immediately after the storms swept through the state this past Friday evening, Salvation Army personnel, equipment, and facilities were mobilized to provide hydration, feeding, and shelter services throughout West Virginia. These services are being provided to emergency service personnel and those who have experienced damage or displacement due to the storms. Where Salvation Army facilities themselves have not lost electrical power, cooling stations have also been set up, especially for those who are at risk due to the excessive heat affecting the eastern part of the United States.
Salvation Army Officers, volunteers, and equipment have been dispatched from the following communities:
Beckley, WV – Corps facilities are without power, but feeding services are being conducted by Salvation Army canteen
Bluefield – hydration services
Charleston - hydration and feeding services from canteen and Corps facilities
Huntington – shelter services, hydration and feeding services from canteen and Corps facilities
Parkersburg – Cooling station, and serving meals from Corps facilities
Wheeling – Cooling station, shelter services, hydration and feeding services
Two camp facilities of The Salvation Army (Camp Happy Valley, Scott Depot, WV, and Camp Tomahawk, Hedgesville, WV) were heavily affected by the storms. Both facilities have been closed due to the loss of electrical power. Loss of most refrigerated food is anticipated.
In Maryland, the Baltimore Area Command and Annapolis Corps have responded to emergency management requests to provide cooling stations and hydration services to assist individuals and families who are at risk due to the excessive heat. Baltimore Area Command is also delivering mobile feeding services in the metropolitan area.
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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.