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Salvation Army prepares for Cyclone Debbie

27 March 2017

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The Salvation Army is prepared to support in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams have been deployed to support Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews. The Salvation Army will also be on hand to assist the community through the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie as needed.

If you are in an impacted area and need assistance, please fill out this form. If you have been affected by these events and would like us to pray for you please submit a prayer request. If media coverage of these events brings feelings of anxiety or stress, we encourage you to call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Please continue to keep the North Queensland region in your thoughts and prayers.

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If you are in the affected region, please listen to ABC Local Radio and check BOM updates. For storm and flood assistance contact SES on 132 500 and in a life-threatening emergency call 000.


Updates on The Salvation Army's work will be posted below as they become available. Please check this page regularly.

5:00pm AEST 29th March

  • Salvation Army launches disaster appeal, click here to donate 
  • The Queensland State Government has asked The Salvation Army to play a key role in the Cyclone Debbie emergency response effort by supporting affected communities
  • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has given a $1million contribution to four leading charities, including The Salvation Army to assist with the emergency response
  • National disaster partner Woolworths are supporting financially and are accepting donations at their check outs across Australia 

1:30pm AEST 29th March

  • Damage assessments are happening in impacted areas where possible, with emergency teams trying to reach Prosperpine
  • SAES teams have been deployed to feed residents in affected communities and to provide meals to emergency services personnel responding to the disaster

7:30am AEST 29th March

  • Cyclone Debbie has now been downgraded to a tropical low system
  • Last night our SAES crew was activated again to provide meals at the evacuation shelter
  • SAES teams are prepared and ready to go and currently awaiting direction from State SAES coordinators 

2:30pm AEST 28th March

  • Eye of Cyclone Debbie has made landfall on the North Queensland Coast
  • SAES teams are ready to provide support as needed
  • A team from Towsnville will be deployed once the storm has passed

10:10 am AEST 28th March

  • Mackay Emergency Services team activated this morning; team of 6 served breakfast at the Mackay Primary School
  • Emergency Services teams restocked in Rockhampton this morning and traveled to Mackay
  • Emotional support being provided in Townsville
  • Preparations continuing for community support in aftermath of Cyclone Debbie

8:10 am AEST 28th March

  • Four evacuation centres open in Townsville with Salvation Army on standby to provide food
  • Riverway Salvation Army operating as an evacuation centre
  • Hampers, food packages and general relief on standby as needed

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