Portland, ME (August 31, 2011) - In the storm ravaged town of Ludlow, VT, Salvation Army officer Lieutenant Jason Brake of Lewiston, Maine arrived with his canteen and disaster response team on Tuesday morning. Since then they have provided over 155 meals, plus beverages and snacks to local residents who were victimized by the Tropical Storm Irene in areas of southeastern Vermont.
Lieutenant Christopher Williams and Chris Leet, part of the disaster team in Ludlow, again traveled by van to a near-by town, Plymouth to provide more assistance. We provided more than 60 lunches and beverages to residents in the past two days.
Captain William Thompson, commander of The Salvation Army's Burlington Corps, and his team has provided over 247 meals and beverages to flood victims in Rutland from the emergency canteen since Tuesday morning. Also, clean-up kits are being handed out as needed.
Also, Captain Travis DeLong, commander of The Salvation Army's Barre Corps has assisted over 55 people in near-by towns of Northfield, Berlin, Waterbury, and Roxbury that were affected by Irene. They provided backpacks to children who lost school supplies, prescription assistance, water, canned foods and vouchers to purchase clothing and house hold items at their thrift store.
Salvation Army Rutland Commander Major Charles Balcom is overseeing all emergency disaster operations in the state.
Monetary donations to help The Salvation Army's hurricane relief efforts may be sent to:
The Salvation Army
Disaster Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301
*Designation ‘2011 Hurricane Season'
The Salvation Army's critical relief services in the Carolinas, New York and Vermont continue as thousands of individuals are impacted by significant inland flooding, power outages and deteriorated infrastructure.
The Salvation Army has deployed more than 70 emergency response vehicles and resources to the most impacted areas post Hurricane Irene throughout the east coast, including damage assessment teams and mobile canteens that are each capable of serving more than 1,500 meals per day.
Assistance in impacted areas for evacuees and emergency responders has included sheltering and offering blankets and pillows, providing food and water, emotional and spiritual counseling and damage assessment.
Salvation Army teams have deployed 37 mobile canteens throughout the coastal region of the Carolinas to provide food and drinks to community members.
In the Outerbanks of North Carolina have deployed to feed more than 2,400 people stranded on the barrier islands with food, water and other immediate needs.
The Salvation Army is deploying dozens of teams and mobile canteens to heavily affected areas to provide for immediate needs, as well as plan long-term recovery efforts along the east coast.
The Salvation Army has served more than 135,000 meals, snacks and drinks to individuals states impacted be Irene, from the Carolinas to New England.
The Salvation Army has deployed six mobile canteen units to eastern New York cities, including Schenectady, Delhi, Roxbury, Margaretville, Fleischmanns and Schoharie, that are dealing with inland flooding and limited resources such as food and drinking water.
The Salvation Army is providing one semi-truck load of drinking water to the counties of Essex, Clinton and Schenectady, as well as staging 2,000 clean-up kits in Oneonta, NY.
Two canteens have been deployed to Ludlow and Rutland, VT to assist in feeding flood evacuees and emergency responders.
For recovery efforts, 155 clean-up kits have been distributed; with 1,000 more kits to be delivered to eight impacted areas in the Mid-Hudson region and another 1,000 kits to be delivered to Nassau OEM for distribution on Long Island.
In response to state emergency requests, The Salvation Army is deploying two mobile canteens in Franklin County, MA. Mobile response workers are offering aid in various cities including Greenfield, Turner's Falls, Shelburne Falls, Charlemont, Montague, Bernardston, Northfield and more.
The Salvation Army will distribute 1,000 clean-up kits in flood impacted areas throughout New Jersey.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.
About The Salvation Army
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.