Salvation Army Prepares for Winter Storm Nemo

As 40 million people brace for a winter blizzard that is expected to impact the northeast United States, The Salvation Army has prepared emergency relief units to respond with food, shelter, emotional care and material assistance. The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide additional support to individuals and families who are still without their homes following Hurricane Sandy and could experience severe impacts from the blizzard.

Winter Storm Nemo is expected to bring between one and three feet of snow with high winds that may cause powers outages throughout New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and other parts of New England – all areas where The Salvation Army has existing service capacity and can provide assistance to first responders and people.

“We have been monitoring Winter Storm Nemo closely and are taking the storm very seriously,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “This storm comes 100 days after Hurricane Sandy and we are particularly aware of the people who are still rebuilding their lives after that storm. In addition to our existing local service capability, we have positioned emergency disaster relief teams throughout the region to provide food and shelter to people.”

The Salvation Army is also prepared to work out residential programs for those who come to the Army’s homeless shelters, which are already at capacity. The Salvation Army is in contact with state and local emergency management agencies to ready mobile canteens (kitchens), as well as prepare shelters as needed. The Salvation Army will also support the American Red Cross with feeding if the emergency relief organization sets up regional shelters. The Salvation Army also has shelter trailers positioned in the impacted areas, each with 100 cots and blankets prepared to deploy and provide people a place to stay warm and sleep.

Salvation Army units in the Southern United States are also on standby should additional assistance be needed.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those who may be affected by Nemo to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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