Salvation Army Provides Support to Victims of California Wild Fires

Food, water, shelter and counseling provided to newly displaced residents

LOS ANGELES, CA: As fire crews work around the clock to tame wild fires in the North Los Angeles’ Leona Valley and Tehachapi Mountains, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster teams are operating tirelessly to aid both displaced residents and emergency crews affected by this catastrophe.

The Salvation Army is partnering with The Red Cross to provide shelter to displaced individuals in several areas, including special shelters to accommodate families with animals. Other Salvation Army teams are in 4X4 vehicles to navigate mountain roads and deliver snacks, drinks and comfort to those victims who have been allowed to return to their property sites to sift through the rubble.

To date, The Salvation Army staff and volunteers have served several hundred meals to fire victims, emergency personnel, medical and fire fighter teams. Additionally, trained Salvation Army officers and staff are offering counseling and spiritual comfort to victims and emergency workers. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination.

Looking ahead to the near future, Salvation Army emergency disaster personnel will continue to provide immediate response services, like emergency shelter and food service well into the recovery process and will make preliminary contact with other social service agencies for case management for the fire survivors.

Monetary donations continue to be The Salvation Army’s most pressing need. The public can help us most right now by making a financial gift that gives The Salvation Army the purchasing power we need to care for disaster survivors. Financial donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org. Please designate your gift to “Southern California Fire Relief.”