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Salvation Army and Partner to Help Make America More Prepared

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010
For Immediate Release
August 27, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC - Charitable Americans donating to The Salvation Army will learn more about preparing for potential terrorist attacks, thanks to a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Department of Homeland Security.

Beginning immediately, the Salvation Army will distribute "Ready" brochures in its 9,000 retail centers nationwide and to individual homes while collecting donated goods. The Salvation Army will distribute two million "Ready" brochures throughout the United States.

"The Salvation Army's support of the Ready campaign is extremely helpful to the Department of Homeland Security as we work to reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and educate citizens about preparing for the unexpected," said Tom Ridge, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. "With the involvement and leadership of community service groups like the Salvation Army, more families and individuals will take the simple steps that save lives like making a plan, making a kit, and getting informed."

The Ready campaign is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower American citizens to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist attacks. It advises citizens to take simple steps that can minimize the impact a disaster may have on their lives: Make a kit, make a plan and get informed. Citizens interested in receiving a "Get Ready Now" brochure may call 1-800-BE-READY or visit for more information.  To date, more than 16 million visitors have logged on to and nearly 140,000 individuals have requested the brochure.

The Salvation Army, an international movement founded as an evangelical organization, receives donations for the support of its work in 104 countries. Donated material, such as furniture, appliances, or clothing, provides both needed work therapy to Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) and a source of revenue through the Army's thrift stores. More than 120 adult rehabilitation centers offer these programs in the United States. To donate, contact either an ARC or a local Salvation Army unit.