Salvation Army Deploys Local Reinforcements For Valley Fire

September 26, 2015
Laine Hendricks | laine.hendricks@usw.salvationarmy.org | (415) 553-3524

CALIFORNIA (SEPTEMBER 26, 2015):  The Salvation Army is sending additional specialized disaster response volunteers to help assist first responders and survivors of the Valley Fire, which has consumed over 76,000 acres of Northern California, destroying nearly 2,000 structures in its path. The Salvation Army's Golden State Division will provide seven volunteers – sourced from Monterey, Modesto, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Hanford and Merced -- and a canteen to Lake County to provide mass feeding, emotional care and counseling, case work, and other forms support in Middletown and other areas set-up to serve survivors.

The role of providing emotional and spiritual care [ESC] is crucial at this point in the response. As the Valley Fire is contained and evacuees are allowed to return to their neighborhoods, many rely on the emotional counseling of trained Salvation Army ESC personnel, to help grieve the loss of their home or cope with devastation of their community.  Meals are critical as hundreds of survivors are still in organized shelters, unable to return to their homes.

The Salvation Army has been engaged in response since the fire broke on September 12, providing fresh meals, snacks, water, drinks, as emotional care to both first responders and the hundreds of individuals displaced by this massive fire.  Multiple disaster services canteens -- mobile kitchens, about the size of a parcel delivery truck – were deployed throughout the effort, providing meal services to locations in Middletown, Kelseyville, Clearlake, and Calistoga. So far, approximately 9,800 meals have been served by Salvation Army staff and volunteers in Lake County.

Currently, The Salvation Army is one of multiple agencies stationed at the Lake Local Assistance Center (LAC) in Middletown (21256 Washington Street).  Since the LAC opened on September 19, The Salvation Army has provided case workers to assist local residents access basic needs such clothing, food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, basic housing essentials, as well as assistance with food vouchers, utilities, etc.

Current Salvation Army food and meal service locations within Lake County include:

  • Twin Pines Casino & Hotel, 22223 Highway 29, Middletown 
  • Hidden Valley Lake RV Park/Campground, 19234 Hartmann Road, Hidden Valley Lake

The latest team of volunteers will remain in place through October 3, giving local volunteers a much-needed break.  To date, the majority of volunteers providing support for Valley Fire response efforts have come from Northern California, including Auburn, Napa, San Rafael and Santa Rosa.

DONATION INFORMATION:

The best way to help fire survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the need continues to be assessed. 

Those who wish to support The Salvation Army’s disaster response may do so by sending a check earmarked “Northern California Wildfires” to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 193465, San Francisco, CA.  Credit Card donations can be made online at tsagoldenstate.org or by calling (415) 503-2748 and designate “Northern California Wildfires.”

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area.  Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident.  However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

For the latest emergency disaster services news for The Salvation Army across the United States, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

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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.

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