(Puerto Rico, Aug. 29, 2012) Through the course of the storm in Puerto Rico, The Salvation Army supported the State Agency for Emergency Management and Disaster Management (AEMEAD) by providing the Zone 10 directors and managers an operational command post in the Salvation Army's Disaster Services facilities in Caguas, PR, where an Emergency Operations Center was established for that area.
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From Tuesday August 21, 2012 until Saturday, August 24, 2012, they were able to coordinate operations from the Army's building. The officers and staff of The Salvation Army worked with AEMEAD, day and night, receiving the latest information available and coordinating the event for the communities served by Zone 10.
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.