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Salvation Army, USA Central Territory
Jeffrey S Curnow
Local Contact: Salvation Army, Milwaukee County
Community Relations Director
Salvation Army in The Philippines
Ready to Move More Aid to Typhoon Disaster Site
London, England (November 13, 2013) —The Salvation
Army in The Philippines is ready to assist the many thousands of people
affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Territorial Commander Colonel Wayne Maxwell told
International Headquarters representatives that Salvation Army teams are
currently preparing to support the relief effort in the worst-hit areas and are
addressing the logistic challenges of their travel and of the transportation of
Seven tons of food—rice and canned goods—have already been
prepared for distribution in 18-kilogram packages. Transportation is a huge
challenge but The Salvation Army is in a priority queue for government approval
for its goods to be transported to the region in and around the city of
Tacloban. Salvation Army staff are already on their way to take part in the
relief effort. The region's geography is complicating any response, with the
worst-hit area being made up of several islands.
On Leyte, the island that bore the brunt of the typhoon, there is no power
and only very poor, intermittent cell phone capability, meaning that it is very
difficult to get a clear picture of what is happening on the ground. Colonel
Maxwell did say, however, that contact has been made with Salvation Army
personnel in the region, and that all are safe.
The little contact that has been made has highlighted the scarcity of food
and drinking—and these are areas of ongoing concern. Colonel Maxwell
explains: “Salvation Army corps in the areas most affected—such as
Leyte and the Visayas Islands—have fully distributed all available food
from their welfare supplies and are keenly awaiting the arrival of food, water
In some areas that have suffered damage but not received media coverage,
Salvation Army personnel are already helping people who have lost homes and
Damaris Frick, from International Emergency Services, has arrived from
London and will be working in partnership with territorial headquarters staff
to assess the needs. Tomorrow morning she will participate in an executive
meeting with Salvation Army leaders. The Philippines Territory has an excellent
record in disaster response but this event is on an unprecedented scale.
It is expected that Damaris will soon send specific requests for help based
on the assessment of the situation, looking in particular at the needs that The
Salvation Army can meet beyond the initial reaction that is already under
Colonel Maxwell says that mobile communication is a major issue—and
unlikely to get better soon. The colonel says there is an urgent need for
satellite phones that can be used by teams across the region—helping in
the assessment of the situation and also improving the security of Salvation
Army disaster relief personnel. International Headquarters is arranging for two
phones to be bought and couriered to The Philippines immediately, but this will
only deal with the most urgent need. The territory is also looking to source
generators that can be taken to the worst-hit areas, with reports forecasting
that power in some locations may not be restored for a year.
The colonel says he and the Salvationists of The Philippines are hugely
grateful for the strong support they have received from around the world. Many
Salvation Army territories are raising funds and offering assistance.
Photos from the Philippines are available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/salvationarmyihq/sets/721576376257315
How to Help
The best way to help The Salvation Army
serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.
check (designate “Typhoon Haiyan”) can be mailed to:
Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558
Text to give:
TYPHOON to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your donation*.
Terms and conditions:
*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or
deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All
charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is
available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases
must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are
18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for
the benefit of The Salvation Army by Innogive Foundation and subject to the
80888 to stop; Text HELP to specify 80888 for help.
About The Salvation Army in The Philippines
Protestant preaching of the gospel in The Philippines was undertaken by Major
John Milsaps, a chaplain appointed to accompany US troops from San Francisco to
Manila in July 1898. The advance of The Salvation Army in The Philippines came
at the initiative of Filipinos, during the period 1933-37 they commenced
meetings in Panay, Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao Islands.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an
evangelical part of the universal Christian church
established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name
without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30
million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through
the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is
used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more
information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.