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Haiti Relief – Salvation Army Begins Long-Term Recovery Plans

Five weeks following Haiti’s devastating earthquake, The Salvation Army is continuing to serve thousands of individuals through the hard work of its personnel and volunteers, as well as through cooperation with corporate partners and non-governmental organizations. To date, The Salvation Army has responded by providing more than 2.8 million meals, 500,000 gallons of water, 2,900 tents and 1,500 personal hygiene kits. In addition, more than 18,000 people have received needed care from our medical teams.

While there is still significant immediate need that continues to be addressed, The Salvation Army is also beginning to plan for long-term recovery, which includes:

•    Rebuilding earthquake resistant homes
•    Repairing and installing water filtration systems
•    Rebuilding damaged schools, hospitals and other buildings
•    Implementing community development projects focusing on income generation for families, childhood nutrition and HIV-AIDS awareness

Focusing on both short term and long term solutions will significantly strengthen the ability of the affected communities to progress from the massive devastation towards a more stable future.

Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), said in an official statement, “Just as The Salvation Army has provided critical supplies of water, food and medicine to the people of Haiti, we are equally committed to determining the best methods for helping rebuild a country that lost so much. As we have done for countless disasters from Hurricane Katrina to the Indian Ocean tsunami, The Salvation Army will commit to a plan that strengthens Haiti for the long-term.”

Since the earthquake, The Salvation Army has worked with shipping companies FedEx, UPS and DHL for logistical support – delivering 821,500 pounds of emergency relief supplies, including more than 2 million meals provided by international hunger relief organization Numana, Inc., for an estimated 20,000 earthquake survivors living near the Army’s compound in Port-au-Prince.

•    FedEx’s Custom Critical System allowed food to be delivered from any city in the country to our Salvation Army staging area in Miami . Food was delivered by FedEx in less than 36 hours thanks to the company’s use of two drivers in one truck driving nonstop.

•    From Miami, UPS flew supplies for Salvation Army relief teams to Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Supplies were then delivered by truck from Santo Domingo into the affected city of Port-au-Prince.

•    Following the delivery of supplies in Port-au-Prince, DHL provided storage space for Salvation Army supplies at the Port-au-Prince airport. DHL also allowed The Salvation Army to use much needed fuel for delivery vehicles.

Regarding this amazing teamwork, Lt. Col. Starrett remarked, “It’s impossible to over-state the value these companies have supplied to The Salvation Army, allowing the people of Haiti to receive life-saving food and supplies. Without the assistance of Fed Ex, UPS and DHL, we would not be where we are now in the process of developing long-term recovery plans for Haiti.”

The Salvation Army continues to accept monetary donations for our ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. Donors may contribute through:

•    Text messaging “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming with “Yes”
•    1-800-SAL-ARMY
•    Mail a check or money order to:
The Salvation Army World Service Office
P.O. Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

*with designation “Haiti Earthquake.”

Salvation Army Responds to Austin Plane Crash

The Salvation Army, Austin Area Command, deployed a mobile feeding unit to the downtown office building that houses the federal IRS offices after it was struck by a single engine plane a little after 10:00 AM Thursday morning.

At the request of the Austin Emergency Operations Center, Salvation Army staff and volunteers remain on site providing food and hydration to the first responders. It is anticipated that the Disaster Canteen will continue to serve responders for several days as the investigation into the crash takes place.

As of 10:00 PM on Thursday evening The Salvation Army had served:
• 1000 drinks
• 550 sandwiches
• 700 snacks
• 200 bags of chips

The Disaster Canteen and 2 staff members remained at the scene of the crash through the night serving the firemen, police and investigators who were awaiting permission to enter the building. The Salvation Army is serving breakfast and lunch to responders, including staff from the Chaplain Services of the Austin Police Department who are available to talk with those giving aid and employees from the office building.

It has been confirmed that two people died in the building as a result of the plane crash, in addition to the pilot, and 13 individuals were taken to hospital with injuries, two in critical condition.

FedEx, UPS and DHL Play Critical Role In Relief Efforts

FedEX, UPS and DHL Provide Critical Support In Salvation Army’s Relief Effort

An extraordinary earthquake requires an extraordinary response – a response that The Salvation Army has been able to mount due, in no small measure, to the collaborative efforts of Federal Express, UPS, and DHL.  In fact, within the first month of this disaster, The Army delivered 558,000 pounds of relief supplies for the suffering people of Haiti.

“The logistical precision of this operation is amazing,” remarked Major George Polarek, Assistant Director of The Salvation Army’s World Services Office.  “From point of origin to point of delivery, we have depended on the generous support and expertise of these transportation giants.”  To date, among other items, 2.6 million meals, nearly 3,000 tents, and 8,710 pounds of medical supplies were delivered to Haiti.

“Fed Ex filled a critical logistical gap in our delivery of goods to our launching point in Miami,” according to Bob Myers, Logistics Chief for the Haiti Incident Command Team.  “We could not get food to Miami fast enough.  It was taking 3 days, which was unacceptable in light of the circumstances.  Through Fed Ex’s generous donation of their Custom Critical system, food was delivered to Miami, from anywhere in the country, in less than 36 hours.”  The expediency of this delivery is due to the use of two drivers in one truck driving nonstop.

Myers added, “Without the use of Fed Ex’s Custom Critical, we would not have been able to ship over one million meals to Haiti within the first ten days.  Their generosity directly saved lives.”

From Miami, UPS flew relief supplies into Port-au-Prince.  When they could not fly into Port-au-Prince, they flew into Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, then trucked the supplies over the mountains for distribution in Haiti.  UPS’ ensured that The Army was able to keep much needed supplies moving into Haiti

DHL provided valuable storage space at the Port-au-Prince Airport.  In addition, when there was no fuel available for sale, DHL provided free fuel for The Army’s delivery vehicles.  Without this support, relief supplies would not have gotten to the devastated areas.

Polarek explained, “We are keenly aware that our relief efforts are only possible through partners such as Fed Ex, UPS, and DHL.  They enable us to be the hands of Christ to suffering people.”

The Salvation Army responded immediately to the earthquake, with local Salvationists quickly joined by international personnel.  The Salvation Army has assumed responsibility for the care of nearly 20,000 people living in the temporary camp near its compound in Port-au-Prince.  In addition, service sites are located in Petit Goave and Jacmel and distribution sites are in Croix-des-Bouquets (6 mi east of PAP) and Balan (18 mi east of PAP). Its medical clinic continues to treat more than 250 people a day on-site, with several transfers daily to the hospital.

To assist in this effort, the public may contribute to The Salvation Army’s “Haiti Earthquake” fund.  Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”  Also, donors may give via, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and through the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 with designation “Haiti Earthquake.”

Staff Treat Man Pulled from Rubble After 27 Days

Salvation Army personnel provided initial triage to the latest survivor of the Haitian earthquake that is reported to have killed 230,000 people.  Evan Ocinia, a 28 year old man, was brought to The Army’s clinic in the Delmas 2 neighborhood of Port-au-Prince after being miraculously pulled from the rubble in the Lionshead marketplace on the morning of February 8.  Two men digging thorough the rubble heard Evans calling out to them.  They pulled him out and took him to The Army’s clinic.

The man said that he had just finished selling rice at the downtown flea market on the day the earthquake struck. It is thought that he survived on little more than water and possibly some fruit under the rubble for almost 4 weeks.

“Evan was extremely dehydrated and had skin wounds but he didn’t appear to have any critical wounds or broken bones,” according to Major Evelyn Chavez, Emotional and Spiritual Care Officer. “He was able to hold his head up on his own and take some small sips of water from the doctor who accompanied the transport.”

Salvation Army personnel transported Evan to the University of Miami Hospital, which is located adjacent to the airport in Port au Prince. He was reported to be in a stable condition on Tuesday, February 9, and was being treated for dehydration and malnutrition.

The Salvation Army responded immediately to the earthquake in Haiti, with local Salvationists being quickly joined by international personnel.  The Salvation Army has assumed responsibility for the care of nearly 20,000 people living in the temporary camp near its compound in Port-au-Prince.  In addition, service sites are located in Petit Goave and Jacmel and distribution sites are in Croix-des-Bouquets (6 mi east of PAP) and Balan (18 mi east of PAP). Its medical clinic continues to treat more than 250 people a day on-site, with several transfers daily to the hospital.

Haiti Disaster Statistics as of February 6, 2010



Numama Rice delivered

2,041,400 meals

MEARS  Ready Eat delivered

6,900 meals

Bottled Water 20oz delivered

23,328 servings

Jugs of Water delivered

6,720 gallons

Water Filtration Systems

30,000 gallons/day

Total Water Supplied

500,000 gallons


8×8 Tents delivered

2,900 tents

Cots delivered

480 cots


Patients Served

16,110 individuals

MASH Tent delivered

1 tent

Medical Supplies delivered

8,710 lbs

Hygiene Kits delivered

1,500 kits


Rubbermaid Coolers delivered

480 coolers

Duffel Bags delivered

310 bags

Canvas Tote Bags delivered

10,000 bags


Cargo Flights

10 flights

Cargo Items

556,000 lbs