The Salvation Army is in the midst of its largest International relief effort since the Tsunami in 2005.
Dozens of Salvation Army disaster response workers and medical teams from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been sent to Haiti and are administering aid.
The Salvation Army has established a supply line from south Florida to Port au Prince to deliver aid and supplies to its disaster response teams, including more than 2 million meals by next week.
Assessment teams have been in the country since Friday, January 15, planning a long-term response to help people rebuild their homes and lives.
The Salvation Army is working with the Hatian government, the U.S. military, FEMA, the United Nations, other NGOs and its corporate partners to implement a broad response to the tragedy.
Monday in Haiti, Salvation Army officers and staff provided food to 7,000 people in less than 2 hours.
The provisions are enough to supply an individual with five days of food.
Nearly 200 people, including 100 orphans, were given medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.
A 14-person medical team, including 8 doctors, based in Benton Harbor, MI, arrived in Haiti Sunday (1/17/10) and was administering care in Port au Prince Monday (1/18/10)
Two doctors and a nurse were summoned to an orphanage to administer formula and oral electrolytes to infants who have had little help since the earthquake struck.
In the U.S., The Salvation Army has organized a base of operations in south Florida and is moving supplies and personnel regularly.
An additional 2 doctors and 5 international emergency management personnel from the U.K and Canada arrived in Haiti Monday morning (1/18/10).
A cargo plane with critically needed medical and relief supplies departed for Haiti Monday evening (1/18/10) Additional planes are expected to depart Tuesday (1/19/2010).
A Salvation Army Haitian Relief Team took delivery of a water filtration system with the capacity of purifying 10,000 gallons of water per day.
Massive shipments of water, food, sheltering and other emergency supplies being secured, organized, and staged for shipment to Haiti and distribution through 4 existing Aid Centers. Monetary donations and prayer are the two most critical needs as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
The Salvation Army held a church service on Sunday morning for several hundred people in Port Au Prince.
As of Tuesday (1-19-10) morning, The Salvation Army had raised more than $4.79 million for relief efforts. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles were mobilized Sunday during the Minnesota Vikings-Dallas Cowboys playoff game.
Donors can text the word “HAITI” to 52000 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts via their phone bill. It is important for donors to confirm their donation with the word, “yes.”
Monetary donations can also be made through: www.SAmilwaukee.org
To make a donation online to the Haiti relief efforts, go to:
The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
Haiti Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 26019
Wauwatosa, WI 53226-0019
*Please note that your donation is for Haiti Earthquake relief*
Even before donations are processed, The Salvation Army is committing and spending money on relief efforts in Haiti. Donations are critical now and also help ensure that the long-term needs of the Haitian people are met.
The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and its personnel who were affected by the earthquake are now working to assist others in need The Salvation operates schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and churchrelated activities through some 60 Corps community centers across the country.
For more information about The Salvation Army’s activity responding to the disaster in Haiti, please visit www.SAmilwaukee.org, http://www.salvationarmyhaiti.org/ or Facebook and twitter @SalvationArmyWI