The Salvation Army Prepares for Hurricane Earl’s Arrival

Infrared Image of Hurricane Earl, taken by The Weather Channel

Infrared Image of Hurricane Earl, taken by The Weather Channel

Hurricane Earl continues its path towards the US eastern coast with winds reaching 125mph as of this morning, making the storm a Category 3. It’s expected to reach the coast of North Carolina Thursday evening or Friday morning, casting a dark cloud over Labor Day holiday plans.

All Salvation Army units have been notified of the potential impacts from Hurricane Earl.  Personnel in coastal North Carolina and the Eastern Shore of Maryland are working with county and state emergency management officials as well as reviewing local response plans and procedures in case their assistance is needed.

While you may are making plans for the holiday weekend, don’t forget to stay alert. We encourage everyone who may be in Earl’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit, make an evacuation plan and stay on top of all storm warnings. For help developing a preparedness plan, coastal residents can visit www.readync.org and www.mema.state.md.us.

Anyone who wants to help those affected by Hurricane Earl can visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations will be used to meet immediate needs. We are currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims; however, please continue supporting your local Salvation Army thrift store and the much needed programs your in-kind gifts support.

Stay tune to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Earl updates as they become available through our Facebook and Twitter pages.