Chicago, IL (April 18, 2013) —The Salvation Army is responding to storms that have created severe flooding in many Chicago neighborhoods and suburban communities.
Two Emergency Disaster Services mobile canteens and crews from The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division have been dispatched so far. One canteen is in the Albany Park community of Chicago at the Eugene Park Field House at 5100 N. Ridgeway serving food and hydration to approximately 150 first responders and emergency personnel responding to the flooding The second canteen is in Elmhurst serving food and at a shelter for flood victims who have been temporarily displaced from their homes.
The Salvation Army has also opened its community center in the Mayfair neighborhood at 5040 N. Pulaski as a reception center for flood victims at the request of the City of Chicago in the event that overflow is needed for the temporary shelter set up at the Gompers Park Field House.
Additional canteens are on stand-by for immediate dispatch awaiting further requests from either the City Incident Command Center or suburban Emergency Management agencies.
The Salvation Army will continue to distribute updates throughout the storm relief efforts as additional information becomes available. For up-to-date information, please contact Melanie Scofield, Director of Communications at 708-289-9047 (cell) or (773) 205-3254 (office).
How to Help
The most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in the Chicagoland area is by making a financial contribution:
• Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• Go to https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/metropolitan/flood.
• Donors may also give by mobile phone. *Text CHICAGOFLOOD to 41444 to donate.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.