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As we saw with the devastating flooding that impacted eastern Nebraska and western Iowa in the spring of 2019, natural disasters are increasing in intensity and frequency, often resulting in billions of dollars in losses each year.
The Salvation Army of Fremont is here to help survivors of natural and personal disasters by providing food and hydration, emergency shelter, material assistance and emotional and spiritual support.
In March of 2019, when Fremont’s highways and main roads in and out of the town were unpassable and the town was isolated by floodwaters, The Salvation Army of Fremont quickly mobilized to establish two food distribution locations in town. Salvation Army officers and volunteers staffed the mobile kitchens, providing up to 300 meals a day to residents struggling to recover from the disaster.
We provide clean, safe shelter for survivors in our worship and service centers, as well as in local churches, schools and other temporary facilities. When the best option is a short-term hotel stay, we cover the bill. Individuals and families can rest and be cared for as they figure out their next steps.
We help meet the physical needs of people who have lost virtually everything by providing clothing, personal hygiene items, household goods and more. We also aid the clean-up and restoration process by distributing cleanup kits and supplies, coordinating volunteer rebuilding teams and establishing warehouses for the distribution of material goods.
Food and water are usually the greatest need for survivors and relief workers impacted by a disaster. Food is prepared and served at a nearby Salvation Army worship or service center or on location in one of our mobile kitchens. We also set up meal stations near busy work sites or in community buildings where neighbors and volunteers gather for counseling and support.
Many who have been impacted by a disaster are comforted by prayer and spiritual counseling. Others simply need someone to listen. Our officers – most of whom are ordained clergy – offer a “ministry of presence” and are a source of solace and hope for those reeling from a tragedy.