Assisting Thousands in Irene’s Path

As Hurricane Irene heads north along the eastern seaboard, The Salvation Army is currently serving thousands of people at Salvation Army shelters across eastern North Carolina. More than 2,000 meals have been served in Greenville, Washington, Elizabeth City and Morehead City in the Carolinas.

Check out our North Carolina relief photos here.

The storm has reached Virginia and in response, The Salvation Army is assisting areas to provide shelter, lodging, food, and counseling. Salvation Army officers and resources from Washington, D.C. and Virginia have been deployed to appropriately assist the regions in need.

On Friday, when Norfolk, VA residents were leaving town, The Salvation Army canteens and disaster personnel were moving in. 500 meals and snacks have been provided at the Norfolk Salvation Army shelter. Currently 137 evacuees are receiving lodging and care while the storm passes through. The Virginia National Command also mobilized a team into the Tidewater Area Command. There are currently five canteens ready to serve once the weather clears and the Incident Command Team will then conduct an assessment of needs.

The Salvation Army has 370 canteens and five mobile feeding kitchens along coast capable of providing several hundred thousand meals per day if needed.

None of this would be possible without your help.

Monetary donations can be made online at by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Or, simply text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone. If you’d like to mail a check, please designate the donation as “2011 Hurricane Season and send to:

Disaster Gift Processing Center
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301