Salvation Army Assistance Continues for Victims of Historic San Jose Floods

February 28, 2017
Sally Haims |

Salvation Army Assistance Continues for Victims of Historic San Jose Floods

Santa Clara, CA -  Staff, officers, and volunteers from The Salvation Army Silicon Valley Command have spent several days and nights providing much needed care, comfort, warm clothing, and nourishing meals to hundreds of victims of the historic San Jose floods.

Last week, the Army, in partnership with the City of San Jose and the American Red Cross began responding to the needs of nearly 300 evacuees staying at two emergency shelters.  Staff and volunteers worked tirelessly, preparing dinners, lunches, snacks and hydration.  On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Santa Clara Corps served 199 meals at lunch time to individuals and families at the Local Assistance Center. To date, The Salvation Army has provided 1,217 meals, 1,800 clothing items, 260 shoes, 250 socks, and 50 blankets.

“We are blessed to be able to help so many devastated by the floods,” said Major David Yardley who leads the Army’s Silicon Valley Command.  At the height of the flood concerns, an estimated 14,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders, many of whom were rescued by fire officials in boats when neighborhoods were submerged under water after swollen Coyote Creek overflowed.

Going forward, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services management is assessing how best to assist the most vulnerable in the community. “Need is great, especially among those who lost everything,” said John McKnight, Director of Emergency and Disaster Services.


The best way to help disaster survivors is to make a financial contribution.  Monetary donations allow disaster responders to meet the needs of disaster survivors.  The Salvation Army uses 100 percent of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.

The Salvation Army is responding to the needs of those affected by the overwhelming flooding in many parts of California including San Jose, Salinas, Bishop, Turlock, Modesto, and Hollister. The Salvation Army staff, officers, and volunteers will continue to provide much needed care to a growing number of people.

  • Online:
  • Mail: Designate “Disaster Relief – Northern California Floods” on check/money order, mail to:

The Salvation Army Golden State Division

832 Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

  • Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY- Designate gift “Disaster Relief Northern California Floods”

For the latest emergency disaster services news for The Salvation Army across the United States, please visit and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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