Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Team Responds to Helena Flood Areas

May 10, 2018
Lora Marini Baker | lora.marini.baker@usw.salvationarmy.org | (206) 310-5708

HELENA, MT – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team has been working in Helena, MT, and the nearby areas impacted by the Montana floods. Flooding throughout the area is caused by warm weather melting the past season’s snowpack, and is expected to continue for the near future.

Captain Rob Lawler is leading the response effort on behalf of The Salvation Army. “At this point, the biggest need is clean water for cooking and washing,” said Captain Lawler. Residents can pick up the water at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds or at The Salvation Army, 1905 Henderson Street. As of Thursday morning, The Salvation Army has distributed four pallets of bottled water to local families, approximately 7,600 bottles. Captain Lawler noted that The Salvation Army has its own resources for bottled water and does not need donations of bottled water.

How to Help

The most critical need right now is for monetary donations. The best way to help during any disaster, large or small, is often to make a financial contribution. Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.

Funds raised will support continued relief and restoration efforts in the area. When flooding subsides, The Salvation Army will help with clean-up in the area. There are three ways to contribute to The Salvation Army relief and restoration efforts for the floods:

  1. On-line at: Helena.SalvationArmy.org – designate gift for ‘Montana Floods’
  2. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – designate gift for ‘Montana Floods’
  3. By mail: Send a check, marked ‘Montana Floods’ to The Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N #300, Seattle, WA, 98109

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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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