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Cyclone Marcia first phase response comes to close

13 March 2015

Cyclone Marcia first phase response comes to close

The Salvation Army's first phase of emergency response after Tropical Cyclone Marcia in northern Queensland is coming to a close.

The Salvation Army Emergency Services teams concluded their catering support with breakfast on 8 March after 17 days of service.

During this time they provided:

  • Three meals a day in Yeppoon to evacuees, emergency workers and local government personnel in a variety of locations. 
  • Lunches and dinners for State Emergency Service personnel in Rockhampton.
  • Lunches and dinners to a number of evacuees located in the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

“Over 6000 meals were supplied over the 17 days of emergency action,” said Major Peter Sutcliffe, Divisional Secretary and second in command, Central and North Queensland Division. 

Through the “Fill a Fridge” campaign, generously supported by BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC), The Salvation Army was able to assist a large number of households in Rockhampton, Yeppoon and other outlying areas. These households had lost the contents of their fridge and or freezer, but were unable to qualify for other assistance as they were not without power for seven or more days.  

The Queensland State Government also made available generous emergency funding of $1 million distributed across four lead agencies, including The Salvation Army – $250,000 per agency. 

“Since Monday 23rd February, The Salvation Army has been distributing food vouchers to clients every week day,” said Major Sutcliffe. “The value of the assistance provided to 1827 individuals, families or households families and individuals to Tuesday 10 March, is $312,049.

“Teys Bros have donated pallets of frozen chickens and pork, and this food is being distributed as well.

"Fill a Fridge" campaign numbers are reducing and this program will conclude on Friday (13th).”

The Salvation Army is now working with the government and other agencies on plans for long-term recovery work. 

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