A Salvation Army officer provides a warm meal to a displaced family in Chile.

A Salvation Army officer provides a warm meal to a displaced family in Chile.

From Salvation Army NHQ

Tents to house 60 displaced families as a result of Saturday’s earthquake in Chile have been set up on the patio of the Hualpencillo Corps near Concepcion, reports Lt. Colonel Maria Alarcon, The Salvation Army’s South America West Territory Secretary for Business Administration. She added that Salvation Army officers are traveling from Puerto Montt and Osorno, in Southern Chile, to Concepcion to join The Salvation Army emergency relief response team.

The area most affected by Saturday’s earthquake was between the cities Os Temuco and Chillan, with Concepcion being the hardest hit.

Lt. Colonel Alarcon said, “I have never seen such destruction here before, though I have worked in many disaster situations – they don’t compare with this. Our officers are all fine, but a lot of Salvation Army properties are damaged especially the older ones made of adobe bricks. The worst damage in Santiago has occurred at Quinta Normal and Lo Vial Corps, and El Faro Men’s Residence.”

Territorial Commander for the South American West Territory, Commissioner Jorge A. Ferreira (currently in Ecuador) reports that The Salvation Army is also carrying out emergency relief work in the city of Os Valparaiso on the west coast of Chile. The Commissioner adds that it had been planned to dedicate a recently arrived mobile Salvation Army emergency services canteen (a donation from USA Southern Territory) on 4 March, but it is already being used to serve those in need.

To support The Salvation Army’s ongoing relief efforts in Chile, donate online or text the word ‘CHILE’ to 52000 and confirm with ‘YES.’