Tuesday, August 23, 2011
800,000 people in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are currently without electricity due to Hurricane Irene. Storm damage involved flooding, fallen trees, and roof damage. Thankfully, the damage was not as severe as originally anticipated and no fatalities have been reported.
The Emergency Operations Center in Puerto Rico remains open and the Divisional Headquarters Facility is fully operational. A Salvation Army Liaison Officer is also present at the scene.
There have been minimal requests for service received with some Corps providing small amounts of support to Corps members, the homeless, sick, and disabled. Salvation Army shelters have opened in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The storm has since strengthened with the possibility of turning into a Category 4 by Saturday’s expected landfall in the southeast. This is the first hurricane in almost three years to seriously threaten the U.S.. The Salvation Army continues to meet, plan, and prepare for the coming storm.
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