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NWA On Front Lines for Hurricane Harvey

August 27, 2017

This hurricane is going to potentially cause the largest flooding disaster the US has ever seen. And in our service to those in need, this is likely going to be the one of the most extensive feeding operation The Salvation Army has undertaken.

-Steven Hartsook
Divisional Director, Emergency Disaster Services 
The Salvation Army Arkansas & Oklahoma Division

  

NWA DEPLOYING THREE LOCAL OFFICERS

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas’ three local Corps Officers will be deployed today to serve those affected by Hurricane Harvey. All three officers will be deployed for a minimum of 14 days to provide logistical, physical and spiritual care on the front lines.

Captain John Robbins, Springdale Corps Officer, will deploy to the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to serve as the Safety Officer for The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster response operations.  The Safety Officer ensures, as much as possible, that disaster workers and those The Salvation Army serves are not hurt or otherwise endangered.

Lieutenant Nic Arroqui, Fayetteville Corps Officer, will also be deployed to serve at the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to serve in Logistics Support. He will be responsible for obtaining and managing all resources and equipment necessary to run the disaster relief operation.

Captain David Leonard, Rogers Corps Officer, has been deployed to help with canteen service and Emotional and Spiritual Care in San Antonio, TX.  The Emotional & Spiritual Care Specialist is responsible for meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of disaster survivors and rescue workers and for providing pastoral support to Salvation Army disaster workers, including officers, employees and volunteers.

John Robbins
Arroqui
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(Top: Robbins, Middle: Arroqui, Bottom: Leonard)

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP??

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost.

It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program:

  • Donate Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 ****Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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Arkansas Officers on the front lines for Matthew

October 10, 2016

Northwest Arkansas had the honor of deploying two Corps Officers to the front lines of Hurricane Matthew for disaster aid work this past week.

Lt. Nic Arroqui and Cpt. John Robbins were called upon to prepare the area for the coming storm, and ultimately, serve those affected by the extreme winds and flooding. The storm was not as devastating as potentially predicted (Praise the Lord!), but our team is still serving the thousands without power and those with flooded homes.

“We are still serving this community. There are still a lot of houses with the power out… we are sending out trucks packed with food and supplies. We are still here working and we have not stopped just because the storm has gone by. We will do this as long as we are needed.”

-Lt Nic. Arroqui, Fayetteville, AR Corps

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Lieutenant Nic Arroqui, Fayetteville Corps Officer, deployed to Tampa to serve with the Florida Emergency Disaster Team. The Salvation Army Florida Division has already served approximately 54,000 meals and will continue to serve food to those in need.

Captain John Robbins, Springdale Corps Officer, deployed to the Incident Command Center in Brunswick, Georgia where he is serving as the Safety Officer for The Salvation Army operations on the Georgia coast line.  As the Safety Officer, Captain Robbins is responsible for identifying potential safety hazards during the disaster operation and recommending corrective actions.

Cpt. John Robbins working with the team in Georgia

Cpt. John Robbins working with the team in Georgia

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Lt. Nic Arroqui working in the supplies warehouse in Tampa, Florida

Want to know how you can help with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew?

  • Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 (Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks.)
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving