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As we saw with the devastating flooding that impacted thousands across South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa in the spring of 2019, natural disasters are increasing in intensity and frequency and can result in billions of dollars in losses each year.
The Salvation Army of Rapid City 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 thousands of families on Pine Ridge Reservation were stranded in their homes by rising floodwaters, The Salvation Army of Rapid City provided hundreds of food boxes to tribe leaders and partnered with local agencies to offer flood relief assistance to residents of the reservation, many of whom faced dwindling food supplies and no running water for days.
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.
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.