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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 and can result in billions of dollars in losses each year.
The Salvation Army of Siouxland is here to help survivors of natural and personal disasters by providing food and hydration, emergency shelter, material assistance and emotional and spiritual support.
During the Flood of 2019, The Salvation Army of Siouxland provided hot meals for weeks at the local American Legion in hard-hit Hornick, Iowa, as residents worked to clean up, repair and salvage what they could from their water-damaged homes. “We truly can’t thank The Salvation Army enough,” said Hornick, Iowa, resident and flood survivor Loretta Prichard. “I really don’t know what this town would have done without them.”
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.
During the Flood of 2019, The Salvation Army of Siouxland opened a Disaster Resource Center in Sioux City to distribute food, water and cleaning supplies to anyone who needed help. We also offered financial assistance via grants and gift cards to local home improvement stores.
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. “The Salvation Army was with us non-stop from the beginning,” said Hornick, Iowa, resident Paula Rose, who lost everything in the flood.
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.