Shelter in the Storm

 

NEWBURYPORT AND SALEM SALVATION ARMY CENTERS SERVING AS STORM SHELTER DURING NOR’EASTER

In cooperation with the Mayor’s office in each community, shelter will remain open as long as necessary 

NEWBURYPORT, MA (February 9, 2017) – As the region experiences the first major winter storm of the year, local Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) team members at the Newburyport and Salem Corps Community Centers have opened their buildings as storm shelters. The safety of individuals who are homeless motivated local leaders to request help from The Salvation Army.

The Newburyport Center, located at 40 Water Street opened at 8:30am and had a handful of people throughout the day keeping warm and being fed breakfast and dinner. As of 4:30pm, 21 people were taking shelter at the North Shore Corps Community Center at 93 North Street in Salem. Both locations have cots available as they will remain open overnight.

Commanding Officer, Major Todd Hughes commented, “I spoke to the Mayor yesterday and she had received a number of calls from citizens concerned about individuals who are homeless having a safe place to go.” Hughes says The Salvation Army will be that safe place tomorrow. “We plan to stay open for as long as there is a need for a shelter from the storm.”

In addition, the Salvation Army in Cambridge has a permanent 36-bed emergency shelter and drop-in center that experiences a surge in population during storms of this magnitude. Cots are available there to expand the shelter capacity and they were needed overnight heading into the storm with 45 people needing assistance.

Meals will be served and there will be places for people to sit and get warm in addition to the cots for overnight shelter. Other services may be provided based on the assessment of the situation by Salvation Army leaders and our community partners.

On the south coast, Salvation Army EDS volunteers provided over 1,400 food items including meals and snacks to emergency workers in Dartmouth and New Bedford. The service is much appreciated at crews work 20-hour shifts during snow emergencies.

WHO:              Salvation Army staff and volunteers

WHEN:             February 9, 2017

WHERE:
Salvation Army Newburyport Corps Community Center
40 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

Salvation Army North Shore Corps Community Center
93 North Street, Salem, MA 01970

To date in 2017, The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division has responded with assistance following 21 disasters including multiple house fires and other natural or man-made disasters.

About Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army is recognized by federal, state and local governments as an organization able to provide relief services to areas impacted by natural or man-made disasters within the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Response Framework. The Army operates in three phases when responding to a disaster.

PHASE 1 – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: The Salvation Army ensures its own ability to respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster while working to educate other disaster professionals and the public at large about how to prepare for an emergency situation.

PHASE 2 – IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Salvation Army personnel and resources will congregate at pre-determined staging areas, entering the impacted area once government first-responders indicate that it is safe to do so.

PHASE 3 – LONG-TERM DISASTER RECOVERY: While continuing to provide immediate response services, the Army will often coordinate with government officials to develop and execute long-term strategic disaster recovery plans.

About The Salvation Army

Whether it is shelter for a displaced family or a warm cup of coffee for our brave first responders – hope and healing is the message of The Salvation Army.  Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been providing social and spiritual services to communities throughout the world.  People given purpose, hearts given hope and souls finding redemption – this has been our mission for more than a century.

With heart to God and hand to man, The Salvation Army – an international movement – is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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