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The Salvation Army Prepares to Respond to Flooding and Heavy Rains Impacting Much of Missouri

Resources and Manpower throughout region mobilized in response to heavy rains and flooding, Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency in response to conditions impacting much of Missouri

St. Louis, MO., June 18, 2015 – The Salvation Army officers and personnel throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois are mobilizing to respond to flooding and heavy rains, which forecasters are predicting will impact large portions of the state. The heavy rain associated with the severe weather already has led to flooding along many streams and rivers; at least one drowning has been reported in connection with the flooding in Missouri. More heavy rain is expected across the state in the next few days in connection with the remnants of Tropical Depression “Bill.”  Currently, The Salvation Army has 10 mobile kitchen canteens ready to enter affected areas.

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the heavy rains, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families. Mobile kitchens and canteen units are capable of serving over 1,500 meals per day.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the flooding and heavy rains to visit www.stlsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute via their cell by texting FLOODHELP to 41444, and follow instructions to make a gift. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:

    • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
    • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
    • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
    • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
    • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day

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About The Salvation Army Midland Division:

The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving Missouri and Southern Illinois since 1880. For more than 130 years, Bi-state residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org