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Salvation Army's response to Hurricane Katrina continues at two-year anniversary

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

The 2005 hurricane season, encompassing tropical cyclones Katrina, Rita and Wilma, spurred The Salvation Army's largest natural disaster response effort in the United States in its 126-year history. More than $394 million was donated to the Army to assist in the effort.

Following an initial response phase in which more than 1.7 million people were served, The Salvation Army continues to be active in recovery two years after the storms hit. The Army has not set an end date for its dedicated disaster services which provide for basic needs such as, food, clothing, housing and jobs.

The Salvation Army is one of nine case management organizations participating in the Katrina Aid Today (KAT) program. KAT is a project of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the humanitarian and relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church, sponsored by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). KAT is a national case management consortium of social service and voluntary organizations dedicated to helping survivors rebuild lives.

As of Aug. 10, 2007, KAT has opened 58,808 cases nationally; the total number of individuals served to date is 163,539. The total number of KAT cases opened by The Salvation Army is 7,575.

To date, the public has donated to The Salvation Army approximately $394.4 million for 2005 hurricane relief; to date, The Salvation Army has spent more than $239.6 million providing emergency assistance during the response and recovery phases of the event.

Additional committed funds include another $121 million for the elements of The Salvation Army's long-term plans in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma and the KAT program.

Salvation Army disaster recovery programs are ongoing in several states. Remaining money will continue to support disaster and long-term recovery efforts and a cessation date has not been set.

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