The Salvation Army Testifying at Congressional Hearing

November 21, 2014
Desmond Smith |

The Salvation Army Testifying at Congressional Hearing

General Secretary of The Salvation Army's North and South Carolina Division, Major Tom Louden, will be testifying at a field hearing at Clemson University at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21. The US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency field hearing is entitled "Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready For A 21st Century Hugo?" The hearing will focus on the importance of local, state, federal officials and non-profits working closely together during crisis situations, and preparing for threats like natural disasters.

"The Salvation Army's mission is to ' preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name, without discrimination' and our disaster services program focuses on fulfilling that mission by helping any and all who need assistance during emergencies. The Salvation Army's first disaster response in the United States occurred more than 100 years ago – to the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 – and since then, The Salvation Army has responded to just about every major disaster our nation has faced." –Major Tom Louden

The Salvation Army southeast region has nearly 300 canteens (mobile kitchens) each able to produce 1,500 meals per day. Twenty of these feeding units are positioned in North Carolina and 10 in South Carolina. In addition to food service, The Salvation Army offers direct financial aid to disaster survivors to help families meet emergency needs in the aftermath of a disaster. For a catastrophic event like Hurricane Hugo or Katrina, The Salvation Army disaster recovery efforts may continue for several years.

Major Louden has held numerous leadership positions and responsibilities in various disaster response operations over his 20 years as an officer in The Salvation Army. As General Secretary, Major Louden serves as chief operating officer responsible for all matters relating to Emergency Disaster Services preparedness and response, Legal Department, Community Relations and Development (including planned giving, capital development, fund raising, web and new media development, communications and marketing) as well as all Information Technology for the two states.

We are grateful to Mr. Van Hipp, Advisory Board Member, and Major Lewis Reckline, National Capital Area Commander, for making this opportunity possible.

More information regarding the hearing, include a live stream of the event, can be found here.

About The Salvation Army
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 ( 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 or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
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