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The Salvation Army Awarded FEMA Grant to Continue 2015 Winter Flood Recovery Efforts

St. Louis, Mo. – The Salvation Army Midland Division has been named as a Provider Agency of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) grant to respond to the long term recovery needs of survivors of the winter 2015 flood. The FEMA grant along with public donations to The Salvation Army will allow for the expansion of its Disaster Recovery Services staff to continue meeting the long term recovery needs of flood survivors.

Over the next 10 months, The Salvation Army will leverage its private funds with federal funds to commit approximately $1 million to help alleviate ongoing hardships faced by the individuals and families who lost so much and to restore their households following the flood.

As of December 2016, The Salvation Army Midland Division has spent more than $300,000 for 2015 Winter Storm relief. Further monies will be utilized not only to employ additional full-time staff with the DCMP Grant, but also to give direct assistance to survivors whose needs range from appliance replacement to total rebuilding of homes.

The Salvation Army was chosen as the Region “A” Provider Agency for FEMA’s Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) Grant, covering the northern half of the federally declared area of Missouri. The DCMP Grant was awarded to the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (MoSEMA) and is managed by Lutheran Family & Children Services of Missouri.

In December of 2015 rain storms across Missouri and Illinois resulted in overflowing rivers and flash floods across the bi-state area. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team provided immediate material, emotional, and spiritual care to over 1500 individuals.

The Salvation Army has worked closely with partner agencies such as The American Red Cross and St. Francis Community Services, as well as the local county COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disasters), LTRCs (Long Term Recovery Committees) and The United Way.

Most flood survivors have been contacted by a representative from their local COAD’s Long Term Recovery Committee and those with unmet needs will receive follow-up from disaster case managers with The Salvation Army. 2015 Winter Flood survivors who were not yet contacted by phone or mail may apply for assistance by calling The United Way 211 line.

For more information on how to donate or volunteer to support the flood survivors, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

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 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. 86 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.