Released 13 January 2010
Army Mobilizing Personnel, Resources to Aid with Haiti Relief
school, clinic damaged; staff on-site organizing emergency response
Alexandria, VA (January
13, 2010) – The Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the
international relief effort in Haiti following a severe earthquake Tuesday that
damaged much of the country’s infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.
Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and currently
clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related
activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the
epicenter of the earthquake and at other locations in the country.
of the facilities, or compounds as it is referred to, includes a home for more
than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical
clinic caring for 150-200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday
welcomes nearly 1,000 people. The facility is less than 10 minutes from the
National Palace and is in an area known as St. Martin that’s home to
predominantly poor living in the nation’s capital.
to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port au Prince, no one in the compound
was injured during the earthquake, but the children’s home, the clinic and
church suffered major damage. Several smaller
buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely. People were sleeping in the parking lot overnight, while severe
aftershocks continued to affect the country.
second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used
as an emergency operations center; damage was slight to this compound,
according to Salvation Army reports from Haiti.
The Salvation Army
hospital in Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince) reports some minor damage,
but no injuries.
Salvation Army’s World Services Office, based in Alexandria, VA,
has committed $50,000 to the relief effort and the organization is prepared to
commit more financial resources, as well as food, water and other emergency
supplies, to assist in the recovery.
organization is preparing to send more than 44,000 lbs of pre-packaged
emergency rations to the country, along with emergency disaster teams. The
Salvation Army is working with other agencies to identify appropriate
transportation for the food. As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army
will be a part of the initial emergency response while assessing longer term
needs of the residents.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the
people of Haiti at this time and especially our Salvation Army officers and employees
throughout the country,” said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, who directs the Salvation
Army World Services Office.
The Salvation Army is
accepting monetary donations to assist in the effort via, www.salvationarmyusa.org,
1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The
Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore,