Alexandria, VA (August 29, 2011) – Salvation Army damage assessment teams throughout North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware are still receiving significant requests for mass care after widespread power outages, downed power lines and trees and localized flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. There continue to be thousands of evacuees housed in shelters across the region, especially those living in low lying areas prone to storm surge, as well as several senior centers. Most of The Salvation Army’s current response is focused on mass feeding of evacuees as well as fire, rescue, police and other emergency response personnel.
“The initial damage reports are leaving us cautiously optimistic that there has not been widespread structural damage or injuries,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary in the U.S. “But flooding remains a problem, particularly in New England, and there is a significant response ongoing. It is critical that we provide the base of support for damage assessment teams, rescue personnel and survivors to ensure everyone weathers the fallout from this storm safely.”
Dozens of canteens are on the move throughout the East Coast, heading to shelter locations and in support of roving emergency responders. A sampling of the response so far:
In total, The Salvation Army has 370 canteens and five mobile feeding kitchens along the eastern seaboard. Collectively, these units can provide several hundred thousand meals per day when operating at full capacity. Also, The Salvation Army is standing up a broad range of services, in coordination with local, state and federal governments, including supporting shelter operations and evacuations.
The most critical need right now is for monetary donations, which can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.* For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Irene, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyEDS, http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.About The Salvation Army