The Salvation Army of Maryland and West Virginia Prepares for Irene

August 26, 2011
Major Rick Mikles | Rick_Mikles@uss.salvationarmy.org | (410) 790-6484

Baltimore, MD (August 26, 2011)– As the threat of Hurricane Irene increases along the Mid-Atlantic states, the Maryland and West Virginia Division of The Salvation Army is preparing for the storm’s impact in Eastern Maryland by readying personnel, equipment and supplies to be on the scene as soon as the storm hits.

Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) teams are presently on standby on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Salisbury and Cambridge where the storm is expected to have the greatest impact in the state. Teams are also staged in Annapolis, Baltimore and Havre de Grace, Maryland ready to provide meals from mobile canteens, as well as emotional and spiritual assistance.

Staff and volunteers are poised to assess the situation and to begin immediately providing for basic needs such as food, hydration and impacted individuals and families.

“With the impending landfall of this storm in Maryland, The Salvation Army is readying all our equipment and assembling supplies to provide immediate help to those most affected by the storm,” said Major David Singletary, EDS Director for The Salvation Army’s Maryland and West Virginia Division.

The Salvation Army is asking residents of the entire state of Maryland 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 response to Hurricane Irene, please visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.organd follow EDS on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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