Salvation Army aids landslide victims
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
March 2, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Salvation Army spokeswoman Joye
Storey said Thrusday the landslide in San Francisco's affluent
North Beach area proves that anyone can be impacted by natural
"I think it is just human nature to think it would ever
happen to you, and when you are not faced with having to deal
with inefficiencies on a daily basis, you never think that it
might happen, or that if it does, you will have the financial
resources to deal with it. Then you have something like this that
is so bizarre, and it happens, and it puts it all in perspective
that we are all alike," Storey said.
The Salvation Army has been providing lunch and dinner since
Wednesday for victims at their main dining hall in the South of
Market District, as well as at the Chinatown Community Center.
About 120 residents were displaced by the slide.
"With this particular incident people have not needed clothing
or household items it's primarily shelter and for some long term
housing and food," said Storey.
"As far as resilience they may have more resources, but
as far as the emotional side of it, it's the same. All the processes
are the same. If you have more resources finding a hotel room
isn't as hard, but other things are just as difficult, such as
trying to hold down a job, said Storey.
American Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn said some of the
homes have "spectacular views, I can see the draw,"
he said, but also questioned the logic of building upon such unstable
Though most landslide victims have found other accommodations,
Baker-Cohn said on Wednesday night, about 10 people stayed in
a shelter set up by the American Red Cross.
Baker-Cohn said the Bay Area will experience a significant earthquake
in the near future and residents should keep extra food and medication
"You need to have your documents in order to deal with things,"
Storey said, focusing on the more technical aspects of disaster
According to Baker-Cohn, the Red Cross is meeting with affected
residents to determine individual needs and placing residents
in hotels today.
Storey said meal service is expected to continue throughout the
week, "We are working with the Red Cross to assess the situation
and determine how long we will provide the meals.
Our response will be determined by what we find out from other
agencies," she said.
Storey said if the residents face further long-term problems,
human service agencies would employ an integrated case management
system called the Coordinated Assistance Network to manage their
The system was developed after Sept. 11 2001, so that disaster
victims wouldn't have to go through the trauma and hassle of repeating
their story and showing all of their documents to different agencies,
"People are already in a severe mode of crisis, and to have
to relive that is difficult, " said Storey.
According to Storey, San Francisco is one of the "pilot
cities" for this program.
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