• Print this page

Hurricane Katrina (2005)

The Salvos gave millions of hot meals and sandwhiches to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Late 05 was a tragic period for the world, and an extremely demanding period for the Salvos. 

Whilst officers were trying to bring relief to the earthquake-ravaged people of Pakistan, others were lending the human basics like shelter, food and water to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

One of the most deadly and physically damaging hurricanes in American history, Katrina resulted in the deaths of nearly 2,000 people in Southern states like Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and ' most significantly ' Louisiana.

As a result, the Salvos dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and effort in the region. By mid October ' nearly two months after the zenith of the hurricane's destruction in these areas ' Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers served over 600,000 hours to this cause.

In this time, the Salvos served 3,470,850 hot meals, 5,427,711 sandwiches, snacks & drinks and distributed 105,761 Food Boxes (groceries) to victims and relief-workers.

In addition, the Salvos provided Pastoral Care to nearly 200,000 individuals in these areas, assisting a total of 752 ,557 individuals whose lives have been affected by the physical damage to their land.   

Captain Todd Brewer ' in charge of The Salvation Army's work in the city of Alexandria ' contended that the role of the Salvos in such a disaster was more important than monetary assistance.

'The Salvation Army doesn't just give someone help and then treat them like a number . . . I don't think there is another organization that cares as much as The Salvation Army,' Captain Brewer said.

In addition to providing for basic needs, The Salvation Army also partnered with local businesses to provide free prescription refills, dental treatment and optical care. Volunteers, officers and employees also helped children become children enrol (or re-enrol) in local schools and opened a childcare centre to allow parents to return to work.

The Salvation Army's Major Paul Fuller was in charge of the organization's emergency disaster services in Georgia. Major Fuller commented that the support of the public was vital in attempting to help victims.

'We are the recipients of the public's tremendous generosity, and we want to make sure the people in need receive this outpouring as soon as possible. Because of that, efficiency and organization are vital,' Major Fuller said.

Many victims were living in New Orleans' Superdome or on bridges before receiving shelter. Patrick ' then-19 years old ' was provided shelter and food after following the Hurricane.

'I have seen things that no one should ever see. Since I have been here in Texas nobody has treated us as well as The Salvation Army. They feed us, clothe us and give us what we need to get our lives back together,'Patrick said.

Charity: The Salvos gave water and food boxes to victims.