Louisville, Kentucky — Not expected to crest until late Monday or early Tuesday, rising water is already forcing evacuations up and down the Ohio River Valley. This month’s extensive rains could bring the highest Ohio River levels since the devastating flood of 1997 – and the second highest in more than 50 years.
Led by Bo Sells, Divisional Disaster Services Director, for The Salvation Army’s Kentucky and Tennessee Division, trained staff and volunteers are prepositioning supplies and coordinating with local officials. Working closely with Emergency Management officials at local, county, and state levels, Salvation Army resources are on stand-by to provide Emotional & Spiritual Care along with feeding services at five emergency shelters already opened for those evacuated from flooded communities.
“Natural disasters can result in extreme distress; The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to respond holistically to the complex needs in a disaster situation,” said Major Jim Arrowood, the Divisional Commander, responsible for the work of The Salvation Army across Kentucky and Tennessee.
In addition to monitoring and coordination with local officials, The Salvation Army is also positioning prepared flood clean-up kits for distribution as soon as the water begins to recede. These compact kits provide gloves, masks, mops, brushes, and cleaning supplies along with other necessities for those facing the devastation after a flood.
The Salvation Army is already active in response to the rising Ohio River, with a network of strategically placed supplies, equipment, and a host of trained responders ready to respond should the need increase. Whether the flooding along the Ohio River or after the tragedy in Parkland, Florida the basic needs are the same: food, water, material support, and The Salvation Army’s specialty – a shoulder to cry on, a hug, a knowing nod, a smile, a prayer – Emotional & Spiritual Care.
Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most and support the impacted communities.About The Salvation Army