The Salvation Army is in the midst of its largest International relief effort since the Tsunami in 2005.

  • More than 700 officers and staff permanently stationed in Haiti are responding to the needs of the people there.
  • All Salvation Army personnel on-the-ground are accounted for following a 6.1 magnitude aftershock earthquake that impacted near Port Au Prince Wednesday (1/20/10) morning.
  • Dozens of Salvation Army disaster response workers and medical teams from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been sent to Haiti and are administering aid.
  • The Salvation Army has established a supply line from south Florida to Port au Prince to deliver aid and supplies to its disaster response teams, including more than 2 million meals by next week.
  • Assessment teams have been in the country since Friday, January 15, planning a long-term response to help people rebuild their homes and lives.
  • The Salvation Army is working with the Hatian government, the U.S. military, FEMA, the United Nations, other NGOs and its corporate partners to implement a broad response to the tragedy.

Since Monday (1/19/10) The Salvation Army has distributed 14,000 meal kits to families in Port Au Prince.

  • The provisions are enough to supply a family with five days of food.
  • Workers on-the-ground have observed that food is such a desperate need that many people with even severe wounds will line up to receive food BEFORE seeking medical treatment because they feel that the lack of food is the greater threat to their immediate survival.
  • At the main Salvation Army compound in Port Au Prince, a 10,000-gallon water purification system is operational and serving survivors.

More than 400 people have been given medical aid by Salvation Army doctors, nurses, paramedics and other specialists trained in medical care.

  • Dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical specialists from United States, Canada, the U.K. and other countries are treating hundreds of people per day in Port Au Prince and elsewhere.
  • Specifically, doctors and nurses have been working at orphanage to administer formula and oral electrolytes to infants who have had little help since the earthquake struck.

In the U.S., The Salvation Army has organized a base of operations in south Florida and is moving supplies and personnel regularly, within the constraints or changing air traffic restrictions at the airport in Port Au Prince.

  • A cargo plane containing medical and other supplies is scheduled to arrive in Port Au Prince Wednesday (1/20/10).
  • Massive shipments of water, food, sheltering and other emergency supplies being secured, organized, and staged for shipment to Haiti and distribution through 4 existing Aid Centers.