Fact Sheet—Hurricane Irene 8-31-11

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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.

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
• “As we look past Hurricane Irene, we cannot forget the devastation and growing need the storm has left behind in communities throughout the East Coast, from North Carolina to Vermont.”
• “Pockets of individuals have been without food, water, power and other resources for days. The Salvation Army will continue to meet the needs of these communities until everyone is back on their feet.”

Lieutenant Christopher Williams, Emergency Disaster Services: Ludlow, Vermont
• “I am devastated by the flooding that has knocked out bridges and destroyed roadways in these towns. We are able to provide more than 30 lunches to residents and bulk food for the town and will return tomorrow for more distribution and assistance.”

Captain Daniel Brunelle, Corps Officer Greenfield, Massachusetts
• “We have our mobile canteens going site-to-site doing feeding and handing out cleanup kits.”
• “We’re investigating the low-lying areas and offering support, distributing food and cleanup kits where needed.”

Major Willis Howell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina
• “All service opportunities present unique challenges, and the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia are no different. Response and assessment are fluid processes, evolving based on reports for need, available resources and often times pure geography.”

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.