The Salvation Army of Maryland and West Virginia Preparing as Sandy Approaches
Charles A. Nutt
Baltimore, MD (October 27, 2012) – The Maryland & West Virginia of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) continues to prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches the Delmarva Peninsula and severe winter weather threatens northern West Virginia and western Maryland.
All Salvation Army units across the Division are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding canteens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.
On Maryland’s eastern shore, Salvation Army Corps in Cambridge and Salisbury are prepared for mobile feeding in neighborhoods and at emergency shelters. In Salisbury, a section of the community has been asked to evacuate. Salisbury Bennett High School is serving as a shelter. In response to a request from the Wicomico County Emergency Management, The Salvation Army of Salisbury, Maryland, is preparing to serve lunch for more than 200 persons at the shelter on Sunday, October 28.
In Annapolis, The Salvation Army will be serving meals at Annapolis High School, where an emergency shelter opens Saturday evening, October 27, and will continue to do so until that shelter closes.
The Salvation Army in Baltimore is in close contact with the Baltimore City & County Emergency Operations Centers. The Salvation Army has been asked to feed neighborhoods that lose power should the need arise. The Salvation Army may also be tasked with feeding at a local emergency shelter if it becomes necessary to establish such housing. Salvation Army teams are collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure preparedness.
The Salvation Army is asking all residents of Maryland and West Virginia to be prepared with an emergency disaster plan. Critical decisions need to be made ahead of time, before the storm makes landfall.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.