Salvation Army Ramps Up Deployment Efforts in Sandy’s Wake

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As Hurricane Sandy barreled up the East Coast, leaving mass destruction and nearly 8 million without power in its wake, The Salvation Army prepared for a long-term disaster response and recovery operation.

Feeding has already begun at shelters in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and mobile canteen units will deploy to the areas of greatest need as damage is assessed in the coming days. Crews will provide food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional and spiritual care.

In New York City, officials from the Office of Emergency Management have appointed The Salvation Army as the lead agency for the City’s Food Access Plan, to coordinate feeding at city shelters. For the next few days The Salvation Army will be serving food at Seward High School in lower Manhattan where 1,000 people are being fed breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Salvation Army has also partnered with the Tzu Chi Foundation which will be providing 400 meals at Seward High School over the next 3 days.

The Salvation Army is currently serving in the following areas:

In New Jersey:

  • The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks to hundreds of evacuees at 11 shelters in five counties.
  • While serving meals at a shelter in Union Beach, a Salvation Army canteen and a volunteer vehicle were flooded when waters rose unexpectedly. Despite the loss of these vehicles Salvation Army volunteers continued to serve meals to both displaced residents and first responders.
  • Local senior citizens found refuge from Hurricane Sandy at The Salvation Army building in Red Bank.
  • In Montclair, The Salvation Army is operating a “charging” center for members of the community needing to charge their phones, computers, or other electronic devices.
  • A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State’s official search and rescue team.

Elsewhere in New York:

  • The Salvation Army provided food and shelter assistance at two locations in Albany as Sandy impacted that area last night.
  • On Long Island, The Salvation Army is assisting the American Red Cross with redistribution of supplies to eight shelters.

In Pennsylvania:

  • The Salvation Army is serving approximately 1,000 meals per day in nine shelters throughout the Philadelphia area.
  • In Lehigh Valley and West Chester, the Army is providing meals at three shelters.

In Stamford, CT:

  • The Salvation Army has served more than 400 meals and will serve 650 dinners tonight using supplies collected for this year’s Thanksgiving meal.

The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.

In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

•        Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies

•        Hygiene kits

•        Shower units

•        First-aid supplies

•        Communications support

To help those affected by this disaster:

Online: Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org

By Phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Text-to-Give: Text the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825). Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

For the latest updates, visit our Disaster Services blog at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, our national Facebook page (SalvationArmyUSA) and Twitter page (@SalvationArmyUS)

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