Busy 24 Hours in Merrimack Valley

Salvation Army serves first responders and ministers to survivors over two busy days in Merrimack Valley

Emergency Disaster Service teams have been serving first responders and survivors for over 24 hours at Methuen fatal plane crash and Haverhill fire.

HAVERHILL, MA (March 1, 2017) – In the 24 hours following a fatal plane crash and the ensuing building fire in Methuen, local Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service teams have mobilized. Early this morning, some of the same personnel that served at the crash site responded to a call for support at a 3-alarm fire at a Haverhill fitness center.

Salvation Army staff and volunteers have served the needs of 250 first responders and survivors with physical assistance and emotional and spiritual care as needed, particularly as it was learned that the pilot of the small plane perished in the accident. Last night, dinner was provided to 150 people, many of whom were displaced from the four-story condominium building. Teams remain on site of the Haverhill fire serving over 100 first responders.

mas_eds_haverhill_fire3-1-17Support and services include hygiene kits, blankets, food and food vouchers as determined by Salvation Army teams and our community partners.

The Salvation Army will continue to serve those impacted until our services are no longer required. Depending on the severity of the event, this service can last weeks, months or even over a year.

To date in 2017, The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division has responded with assistance following 25 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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