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Mass care and feeding for thousands of evacuees and first responders continues to be the top priority.
• Salvation Army damage assessment teams throughout the East Coast are still receiving significant requests for mass care after widespread power outages, downed power lines and trees and localized flooding.
• Thousands of evacuees are housed in shelters across the region, especially those who live in low lying areas prone to storm surge.
• As reports come in from the northeast, The Salvation Army is focusing resources inland as the region manages flooding events.
The Salvation Army is already serving thousands living in regions impacted by Hurricane Irene.
• The Salvation Army has served 15,000 meals to first responders and evacuees in New Jersey.
• Nearly 14,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served in Greenville, Washington, Elizabeth City and Morehead City in the Carolinas.
• In Norfolk and Spotsylvania Counties, VA, The Salvation Army has already served more than 6,400 meals, snacks and drinks and provided lodging to 265 people.
• More than 5,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served at multiple shelter locations throughout Maryland and West Virginia.
• In Connecticut, The Salvation Army has served hundreds of meals to evacuees at shelters as well as to first responders.
• The Salvation Army is feeding at numerous shelter facilities throughout Massachusetts and other parts of New England.
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks should be sent to Disaster Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designated “2011 Hurricane Season.”
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called upon to serve.
• Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, but also help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.
Salvation Army Statements
Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary
• “The initial damage reports are leaving us cautiously optimistic that there has not been widespread structural damage or injuries.”
• “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.”
Major James LaBossiere, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Northern New England
• “Although the severity of the storm has been downgraded, we are taking it very seriously and have alerted our personnel to be ready to move quickly to the areas where they are most needed.”
Major Willis Howell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of the Carolinas
• “We know this is going to be a long recovery process and The Salvation Army is dedicated to needs of North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic Coast.”
Major Lewis Reckline Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Tidewater, VA
• “We’re very fortunate that Irene was not devastating as originally predicted. However, there are still residents, tourists and first-responders that will need supplies, food and support and that is what we aim to do now.”