Butler, PA, July 11, 2017 - Since Thursday of last week, (July 6th), The Salvation Army has been on the scene of the flooding that occurred in the Butler, PA area on Wednesday night. Each day, two Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response Units (also referred to as ‘Canteens’–or mobile kitchens) have been on site preparing and delivering meals and hydration to first responders, flood victims and volunteer groups that have been assisting with the clean-up efforts. One hundred homes have been affected by flood and storm damage. Thankfully only seven of those sustained what is to be considered major damage with only one assessed as having been destroyed.
Over the course of the 4 days immediately following the flooding, The Salvation Army delivered 137 cleanup kits to affected residents. Mobile feeding units have served 1,784 meals, provided 3868 units of water for hydration, 532 Gatorades, 1,232 snack items, 40 latex gloves, 18 blankets and 40 hygiene kits. These figures do not include what was distributed yesterday or today. An assessment will be made later today as to the length of The Salvation Army’s continued service on scene. In terms of support for victims needing financial aid, The Salvation Army will be assisting victims with needs on a case by case basis as needs assessments are completed and evaluated.
Major Deborah Sedlar, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Western PA Division encourages the continued support of the community, “Those affected by this tragic event will obviously need a great deal of support to get their lives back to normal. The outpouring of love, volunteerism and donations that has already been witnessed is an incredible testament to the generosity of the human spirit of Western Pennsylvanians. Those wishing to contribute financially can trust that any donations sent to The Salvation Army intended for assistance to flood victims will be used in the manner intended,”said Sedlar. Contributions can be sent to your local Salvation Army or to: The Salvation Army Western PA Divisional Headquarters, PO Box 742, 700 North Bell Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106. Please indicate: “Butler Flood Relief”in the remittance advice or memo section of the check.
Celebrating over150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 129 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to www.wpa.salvationarmy.org The Salvation Army …doing the most good for the most people in the most need.