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The Salvation Army Remains Prepared As Hurricane Arthur Becomes a Memory

Local and state officials have reported minimal impacts following Hurricane Arthur’s Independence Day landfall along the coast of North Carolina. Emergency crews continue to make progress in restoring isolated power outages and impacted areas. The latest information is available at www.readync.org

The Salvation Army Serves Area Residents after Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur made landfall late Thursday night at Shackleford Banks, N.C. as a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds. It was the first Category 2 storm to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Ike in 2008. A hurricane warning and tropical storm warnings are in effect for many areas along the storm’s path.

The Salvation Army Prepares Response to Hurricane Arthur

Tropical Storm Arthur strengthened into a hurricane early Thursday morning. As the center of the storm shifts, its impacts are moving closer to the North and South Carolina coastline. Conditions continue to deteriorate along the North Carolina coast.

The Salvation Army Monitors Tropical Storm Arthur

As Tropical Storm Arthur makes its projected movement up the east coast, The Salvation Army is prepared to respond to the impacted areas if the need arises. Organization personnel along the coast are preparing canteens (mobile feeding units) for the potential to provide hot meals, cold drinks and snacks to those affected. While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army's disaster program consists of several basic services: food service, emotional and spiritual care and emergency assistance.

What was the first disaster that the Salvation Army provided disaster relief for?

The Salvation Army's work in disaster relief began in 1900 in response to the devastating hurricane that destroyed Galveston, Texas and killed more than 5,000 people. The devastation was so grand that the National Commander at the time, Frederick Booth-Tucker, ordered Salvation Army Officers from across the country to proceed to the disaster site to provide spiritual and practical assistance. Without the development of a canteen, the officers walked the streets giving people water and coffee.

From Tornadoes to Toys

Seven tornados tore through eastern North Carolina on April 25. One tornado that later received an EF3 designation, damaged or destroyed almost 200 homes, injured 16 people, and claimed the life of 11-month-old Gavin Soto. For many in the area, this was their first experience with the deadly natural disaster.

Responding to Eastern NC Tornadoes

The Salvation Army has been active in responding to tornadoes that struck in eastern North Carolina this past weekend. This response involves providing physical and spiritual needs to survivors and first responders.

What's a SAWSO?

The Salvation Army World Services Office (SAWSO) has been providing international assistance in pursuit of its goal of finding lasting solutions to poverty. Particularly, right now, we're invovled in the response to Typhoon Haiyan, helping those families that were affected in any way that we can. Anytime there is an international incident like this, SAWSO will be there. Though the efforts of our wonderful and tireless volunteers, we have been able to provide well over 10 million meals and 600 transitional shelters in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.