The Salvation Army Provides Short-term and Long-term Recovery Assistance to Fernley Flood Victims

The Salvation Army’s Service Extension volunteers in Fernley continue to provide assistance to residents affected when an irrigation levee broke last Saturday and flooded two-square miles of the city.

Hundreds of homes were flooded, some with as much as eight feet of water.

The Army’s Service Extension unit is one of the agencies operating out of the Local Assistance Center.

That center is located in the Town Hall on Main Street and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

TSA representatives can be reached at 775-575-4565.

Prior to the Local Assistance Center’s opening on Tuesday, the Army had been providing services through its office at Fernley First Baptist Church.

Dennis Barr, the Army’s Service Extension Field Representative in Nevada, has been in Fernley since Sunday.

He is helping to set up the charity’s long-term recovery plan.

Army Emergency Disaster Response staff attended a town meeting on Tuesday evening, where flood victims received information and were introduced to the agencies that will be providing services at the Local Assistance Center.

The Salvation Army is providing vouchers to victims, to help them meet immediate needs.

The need for assistance is expected to be substantial, as many of those who were flooded out do not have flood insurance for the repairs to their homes and replacement of their belongings.

Some will qualify for government loans from FEMA to help with the clean up and repairs.

The Reno Salvation Army unit is also involved and will provide clothing and other items through its thrift stores, possible supplemental housing once other resources are exhausted and special needs vouchers on a case-by-case basis.

The Reno Salvation Army mobile kitchen has been on standby since early Saturday morning, with a team of staff and S.A.T.E.R.N. amateur radio volunteers ready to respond.

The mobile kitchen was not requested by the E.O.C. However, a Reno Salvation Army employee and Fernley resident helped prepare meals throughout the weekend at the evacuation center.

Area residents wishing to help the flooding victims may make monetary donations through the Reno office.

Checks should be made payable to The Salvation Army, with Fernley Flood Assistance on the memo line.

Physical items, such as food, household goods and clothing will be accepted, but can not be designated for flood victims only.

Such donations would replenish items that are distributed directly from the floor of the thrift store.

This allows flood victims to select appropriate clothing sizes and household items they need.

Physical donations may be dropped off at The Salvation Army’s Reno distribution center, 2300 Valley Road, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.