From large-scale disasters like a tornado or flood to more personal tragedies
like a house fire, we help survivors on the path back to normalcy
As severe weather intensifies across the country, insured losses continue to increase exponentially every year, totally billions of dollars each year.
Due to the growing intensity of weather events, many of us here in the Omaha metro may be one tornado, flood or blizzard away from a disaster.
Food and water is usually the greatest need for survivors and relief workers at the scene of a disaster. Food is prepared and served at a nearby Salvation Army worship or service center or on location via 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.
In survivors' time of greatest need, we provide clean, safe shelter 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.
Disaster survivors often emerge from a tragedy without the resources to sustain them. We help meet the physical needs of people who have lost virtually everything by providing clothing, personal hygiene items, household goods and more. When facing the daunting task of cleanup and long-term restoration, we distribute cleanup kits and supplies, coordinate volunteer rebuilding teams, and establish warehouses for reconstruction supplies, often being the last relief workers to leave a disaster area.
Many who have been impacted by a disaster are comforted by prayer and spiritual counseling. Our counselors, many of whom are ordained as clergy, are a source of solace and hope for those reeling from a tragedy. Sometimes something as simple as calming hand on a survivor's shoulder can bridge the gap between despair and hope in the direst circumstances.
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