Salvation Army Assisting Residents Impacted by Severe Weather in Eastern PA & DE

April 16, 2019
Alexandra Hackett | alexandra.hackett@use.salvationarmy.org | (215) 307-0648

Salvation Army Assisting Residents Impacted by Severe Weather in Eastern PA & DE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware has dispatched teams with its Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) to Sussex County, Delaware and Columbia and Sullivan Counties in Eastern Pennsylvania in response to severe storms on Monday.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in the community of Laurel, Delaware on Monday. The Salvation Army dispatched a canteen (mobile feeding unit) to the hardest hit neighborhood, where 25 homes were damaged or destroyed.  The team provided meals to impacted residents in that neighborhood and at a Red Cross shelter nearby. The Salvation Army is also offering emergency assistance to families in the affected area.

Monday’s severe weather also impacted communities in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Salvation Army is providing assistance to individuals and families at a mobile home park on Everett Street in Benton, Columbia County, which was hit by an EF-1 tornado. The Salvation Army is offering residents food vouchers to Country Fresh Market in Benton and clothing vouchers that may be redeemed at The Salvation Army’s Family Store in Bloomsburg.

An EDS team also responded to an apartment complex in Dushore, Sullivan County, which is experiencing a power outage as a result of Monday’s storms. There are approximately 30 residents in the affected apartment community. The Salvation Army provided lunch and dinner on Tuesday to those impacted.

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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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