38 Baja Earthquake Survivors Take Shelter at El Centro Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is preparing for eleven families at its Corps Community Center shelter at 375 N 5th Street in El Centro. Those with quake damage to their homes will find a hot meal and safe haven in the shelter usually reserved for the homeless. Last night, The El Centro Salvation Army opened its shelter to three families displaced by the quake. Volunteers and staff are busy preparing meals in the center’s kitchen. The meals along with bottled water, fruit and snacks will be distributed at points of need by Salvation Army mobile kitchen units, known as canteens. The Salvation Army now has two emergency canteens in the El Centro and Calexico area, offering food and water to first responders as well as those affected by yesterday’s earthquake. The Salvation Army offers tangible assistance as well as emotional and spiritual support. A volunteer at the center is manning a short wave radio to communicate with field units. The Salvation Army’s volunteer Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) operates short wave radios in all disasters because telephone communication is often disrupted. Other workers and volunteers are helping with clean up as well as assessing damage to Salvation Army buildings and thrift stores. Salvation Army Captain Jerry Esqueda of the El Centro Corps was injured in the quake. Those wanting to help, may send donations (designate Baja/Imperial Earthquake) to: The Salvation Army PO Box 503580 San Diego, CA 92150-3580 Or call 1 866 455-4357 Or donate online at www.sandiego.salvationarmy.org