In the event of a major disaster in the Louisville area, The Salvation Army would be able to call in workers and equipment from regional and natural resources. The Salvation Army supports first responders in disaster. The first aim is to support those who have been affected, both survivors and first responders, by providing food, hydration, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities.
Several Factors Guide The Salvation Army’s Role In Responding To Disasters:
- The Salvation Army has an established right to provide disaster relief services. That right is recognized public law and through signed Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements (MOU’s) with government agencies and other voluntary organizations
- The Salvation Army’s disaster relief services are supported solely by donations
- The Salvation Army is not a first responder; rather, it supports first responders
- The Salvation Army is a mass-care support agency
Recent Local Disasters:
In August of 2009 heavy rains caused flash floods around the city causing record breaking damage. The Salvation Army distributed more than 800 clean up kits to families in need.
In September 2008, the Salvation Army was called upon to provide disaster relief when high winds from Hurricane Ike blew through Kentucky causing enormous destruction. Many homes and businesses were damaged by falling trees, branches and flying debris. Power poles snapped in half causing a power outage that left more than 300,000 Louisville residents in the dark. The Salvation Army served two meals a day, along with thousands more snacks and cold drinks. In all, 16,384 meals were served by the end of the crisis.
To become a certified trained disaster relief volunteer,
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