PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 28, 2015) - As they would be with any other natural disaster, The Salvation Army is on the front lines to help emotionally, spiritually and physically in the midst of significant destruction and devastation in Nepal following two major earthquakes over the past month.
Robert Myers III, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division, departed Philadelphia headed for Nepal last week for a seven-week service deployment through The Salvation Army. He will join other emergency first responders from Salvation Army divisions across the United States to help with logistics and coordination of emergency relief to those who have been displaced from their homes and are suffering injuries and trauma following the natural disaster.
"This is truly a privilege for me," said Myers, who earlier this year completed a training program in international disaster response through The Salvation Army's International Headquarters in London. "I am blessed to play whatever role I can in helping others in times of emergency. This is one of the most humbling experiences for me out of my ten plus years of experience responding to domestic emergencies; I'm stepping out of my comfort zone, but I am honored to do so."
Myers, who will leave his wife and young daughter behind until late June to serve in Nepal, arrived in Kathmandu on Friday evening.
With the nation suffering two major earthquakes within the past month (magnitudes 7.8 on April 25 and 7.3 on May 12), Nepal's death toll has risen to 110. The Salvation Army is meeting basic, urgent needs on the ground with shelter, food, water, and other necessary relief items. Myers will be joining the ranks of more than 75 Salvation Army offices throughout that region. Since 1882, The Salvation Army has served those in need within its India Eastern Territory.
"Bob is our hero for taking our motto of Doing the Most Good to such an extent as to serve internationally in a time of crisis," said Major Robert Dixon, Director of Operations for The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. "He is always one of the first on the scene of any disaster here in greater Philadelphia, and the faithful leader for the rest of our emergency disaster staff 365 days a year. When duty calls, he is there without fail, and this is a testament to that. We couldn't be more proud to have him representing eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware abroad, and we wish him a safe deployment."
For a first-hand account of Bob's experience serving abroad in Nepal, visit his blog at sapendeleds.blogspot.com.
Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services are welcomed. Donors are encouraged to give via the following channels:
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