Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services rolled into action early this year, responding to recent incidents in the western United States.

Colorado

Salvation Army emergency disaster services (EDS) teams are providing food and hydration to emergency crews fighting wildfires in Boulder County, Colorado. As of yesterday, over 500 meals have been served from mobile feeding units (canteens) by Salvation Army volunteers from Boulder and Denver to fire fighters and law enforcement officials responding to the fire for traffic and security operations. Volunteers also prepared meals to be served to personnel on the fire lines.

“Keeping these frontline emergency personnel fed and hydrated is critical,” said Mike Gelski, emergency disaster services coordinator of The Salvation Army in Denver. “These men and women are protecting the residents of Boulder County and need to be fed and watered so they can continue to do their vital role.”

Salvation Army EDS teams and volunteers will provide feeding and hydration services, as well as emotional and spiritual care, as long as they are needed.

Washington

The Salvation Army continues to provide flood relief in Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, Grays Harbor and Clallam counties in the state of Washington. While affected homes are being evacuated, rain continues to fall, and more is expected in the next 48 hours which could lead to more damage and evacuations.

The Salvation Army is providing clean-up kits including mops, brooms, gloves and other cleaning supplies and products in all affected counties. Lewis County residents are still racing to clear snow-covered roofs to prepare for heavy rainfall. The Salvation Army corps (church) in Centralia and camp in Eatonville remain on stand-by to serve as shelters. Emergency disaster services teams and mobile feeding units (canteens) are prepared to provide fresh water, meals and other necessities when needed.

To help call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.