Salvos supporting flood-impacted communities in NSW
“Nothing happens in The Salvation Army without volunteers putting their lives on hold to help those in need,” says Norm Archer, Salvos Strategic Emergency and Disaster Management Coordinator for NSW/ACT.
As near record flood levels continue to devastate Sydney and surrounding areas, Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) volunteers are providing or arranging emergency catering in evacuation centres in Narellan, North Richmond, Richmond, West Gosford, Liverpool and The Entrance.
“Each meal we serve, and support we provide, is part of the safety net for those affected by the floods,” says Norm.
Local businesses are also contributing to the flood response. Norm gave the example of the local Woolworths at Narellan that spontaneously delivered much needed supplies to Salvos at the evacuation centre across the road. Woolworths continues to support the Salvos in disaster response.
To date, 35 volunteer shifts have served over 175 meals and refreshments.
As well as dealing with the floods, SAES are providing over 100 lunches every day to support Department of Primary Industries personnel battling to control a threat to the Hunter valley bee population. Norm anticipates this support could be needed for weeks.
“We have a lot on our plate at the moment, but we will always turn up and support those in need to the best of our ability,” says Norm. “It’s a bumpy road but the system is working.”