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UPDATE – The Salvation Army Continues Serving Sandy Survivors

Atlanta, GA (February 5, 2012)—During the initial response, The Salvation Army rushed essential services to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Today, The Salvation Army continues to serve those affected by this tragedy.

• In coordination with volunteer and other partner organizations, The Salvation Army has provided more than 4.6 million meals, snacks, and drinks to thousands of people who sustained tragic loss, as well as for first responders and work crews.

• Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and water, as well as other items including:

    -Blankets
    -Baby formula
    -Diapers and baby wipes
    -Batteries and flashlights
    -Toothbrushes and toothpaste
    -Gloves and hand warmers
    -Earmuffs
    -Toiletries
    -Shampoo and Conditioner

• 7,500 volunteers have provided more than 24,000 hours of service from serving meals to fulfilling the request for prayers and emotional care.

The Salvation Army is making long range plans for rebuilding and renewal after the storm devastated communities along the New Jersey shore line, New York City, and Long Island this fall.

In New Jersey:

• In December, as communities began to stabilize, The Salvation Army entered a new phase of recovery, supporting survivors and families in the transition to returning home.

• A helpline (1-888-247-0100) was established to enable access of information and assistance to survivors finding themselves in need, some for the first time.

• Hot drinks and snacks, along with emotional/spiritual care, were provided along the Barrier Islands and throughout communities in Ocean County via ATV’s generously donated by Polaris.

• A special holiday assistance application was established for those finding it difficult to make holiday celebrations a reality due to Hurricane Sandy.

• Tuckahoe Nurseries made a very generous donation to The Salvation Army of 400 live Christmas trees for families in impacted areas.

• An Emergency Assistance Center is now open in Hazlet, NJ. Additional centers are planned to open soon providing:

    -Client intake & assessment: volunteers will assess needs based on standardized guidelines for aid, check for FEMA number or proof of address that family lives in affected area

        -Linkage to other agencies and referrals.
        -Large-scale distribution of in-kind donated items ranging from clothing to household goods
        -Cash card financial assistance
        -Food boxes

• Moving toward the next stage of recovery, it is anticipated that there will be a period of addressing long-term and unmet needs. The Salvation Army will work via statewide and local community partners to ensure that safety nets are in place for those continuing to struggle.

In New York:

• Through a partnership among The Salvation Army, NYC Restore (Mayor’s office), National Guard, NYPD, and NYC Service, two million ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and 700,000 bottles of water were distributed over 12 days post-landfall in 17 locations throughout NYC.

• The Salvation Army provided over 40,000 low sodium, vegetarian, and Kosher meals for the evacuees housed in all eight special needs shelters scattered throughout New York City.

• The Salvation Army continues to provide clothing/furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emotional & spiritual care, and information and referral services in the NYC Restoration Centers and the Long Island Disaster Assistance Centers.

• Within the impacted zones, Salvation Army facilities are used to assist families and individuals who may or may not qualify for federal assistance. Services include: clothing/furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emergency supplies, emotional & spiritual care, and information and referral services. Salvation Army facilities located in the impacted communities include Bay Ridge (Brooklyn), Freeport, Hempstead, & Blue Point (Long Island), and Stapleton (Staten Island).

• The Salvation Army in Greater New York continues to accept, warehouse, and distribute emergency supplies for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Emergency supplies, new clothing, personal hygiene products, clean-up supplies, and home furnishings are being distributed as needed.

• The Salvation Army is part of the Multi-Agency Shelter Transition Task Force led by FEMA. The program involves The Salvation Army and American Red Cross disaster case workers who are working in teams to interview the 2,200 families that remain in shelters and transitional housing (hotels) throughout New York City and Long Island. The teams will ascertain the requirements necessary to relocate these families into longer term housing. In addition to FEMA and American Red Cross funding, The Salvation Army will ‘fill in the gaps’ to ensure that the affected families complete the next step in their recovery plan. The Salvation Army will provide financial assistance to assist with broker fees, security deposits, furniture, household items, and basic living expenses. The program is an interim step before federal case management is established, and it is expected to continue through February 28.

• As part of the long-term recovery, The Salvation Army of Greater New York is planning to partner with Habitat For Humanity International to assist impacted homeowners on Staten Island with their ability to rebuild, repair, and refurbish their homes. In this plan The Salvation Army will facilitate the disaster case management process to identify and assist qualifying beneficiaries while Habitat For Humanity will facilitate the construction process. Both agencies will collaborate to secure home furnishings and major appliances. Similar projects are under consideration for Island Park and Mastic Beach on Long Island. The program will continue throughout 2013.

Nationally:

• The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.

• There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.

• These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.

• In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

    -Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
    -Hygiene kits
    -Shower units
    -First-aid supplies
    -Communications support

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

• The Salvation Army is extremely gratified for the continued support of the donating public.

• To date, the Army has received more than $20 million to support relief efforts.

• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

• 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 on 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, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

• Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Janella Eccleston at Janella_Eccleston@use.salvationarmy.org or 845-620-7730.

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.

The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s largest providers of disaster service and responds to hundreds of disasters across the country each year.

• Hurricane Katrina (August 2005): The Salvation Army provided more than 5.6 million meals to survivors and first responders of Hurricane Katrina, and 2.5 million people were assisted with emergency food, casework, emotional and spiritual care.

• Haitian Earthquake (January 2010): The Salvation Army packaged and delivered more than 10 million meals to Haiti, and more than 27,000 survivors were treated at Salvation Army medical facilities. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributed approximately 8,000 hygiene kits.

• U.S. Tornado Outbreak (April & May 2011): The Salvation Army served nearly one million meals and distributed 50,000 hygiene kits, and more than 10,000 people received emotional and spiritual care.

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 more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Food Boxes From Mississippi To New Jersey With Love

Gulfport, MS (November 15, 2012)—On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While the damage to the coast was catastrophic and overwhelming, what happened in the weeks and months to follow was even more amazing. Thousands of relief workers from all over the country flooded into Mississippi and Louisiana to provide aid to the storm ravaged communities. Police, National Guard troops, healthcare workers and numerous other specialty support personnel from other states deployed for weeks at a time to help those affected begin the recovery process.Mississippians were the beneficiaries of the largest deployment of disaster resources and responders in our nation’s history. Millions of dollars were donated to relief organizations to support the relief and recovery efforts. To this day, Mississippians and The Salvation Army remain aware of the sacrifice of so many who came to our aid following Katrina.

When Super storm Sandy roared ashore in New Jersey and New York, residents of Mississippi began asking what they could do to repay the generosity bestowed upon them seven years prior.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) began a dialogue with counterparts in New Jersey and New York to offer support. Bryant deployed Emergency Management and Public Safety personnel to New Jersey to support relief efforts. Remembering Katrina and wanting to do more, Governor Bryant contacted The Salvation Army in Metro Jackson to collaborate on a food drive to support intermediate recovery efforts in the northeast as the Holidays approach.

“I turned to The Salvation Army to help provide food boxes during the holidays to the thousands along the East Coast who remain in need. Now is our time as Mississippians to give back and remind the thousands of residents that we are praying for them and supporting them this holiday season,” stated Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi.

Utilizing The Salvation Army Southern Territories’ Disaster Services Food Box Program, the partnership hopes to complete over 1,000 food boxes between November 15 and November 18. The program was designed to provide an outlet for organizations and businesses to have hands on experience in disaster support, while also managing the donations of bulk gift in kind items. This week’s undertaking is the first time the Food Box program has been deployed in response to a Natural Disaster.

Participating groups and businesses are provided Salvation Army branded boxes and a list of items needed to complete a food box that feeds a family of four for four days. Items include canned food items, rice, beans and other non perishable food items. Once packaged in the food box, boxes are then palletized in bulk and shipped to a pre designated site for distribution.

“Mississippians who have been on the receiving end of disaster generosity so many times before, are happy to be sending these food boxes to our neighbors in the Northeast,” stated Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army in Jackson.

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Charleston Shelter Remains Open as Mobile Feeding Canteen Serves in Marlington, WV

Charleston, WV (November 1, 2012)—The Salvation Army Area Command in Charleston, WV, is keeping their doors open to shelter residents while power is being restored in their neighborhoods. The shelter housed 15 people last night, after the Kanawha shelter closed and moved residents to The Salvation Army. Over 70 hot meals were served and 15 hygiene kits were distributed. Over 97 hours of volunteer services were rendered to those in need.

“The Salvation Army will stay open as long as people are without power,” said Captain Aaron Goldfarb, Area Commander of The Salvation Army in Charleston. “Some power is being restored today and we pray as the weather slowly warms and the snow melts, people will be able to get back into their homes and be blessed with the Christmas Season.”

With over 55,000 people still without power, The Salvation Army dispatched a mobile feeing canteen to Marlington, WV (Pocahontas County) yesterday. Salvation Army volunteers are serving many residents and emergency personnel in the area.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

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 more than 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. For more information, go to
 www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

The Salvation Army Continues to Support Residents of New Jersey in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Union, NJ (November 1, 2012)—In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, The Salvation Army is providing life sustaining services throughout New Jersey in 10 of 11 counties by supporting 15 shelters.

As of October 30, 2012 The Salvation Army of New Jersey has already provided:

• 2,255 breakfast meals
• 4,512 lunch meals
• 5,770 dinner meals
• 26,967 snacks
• Over 26,420 bottles of water
• Countless cups of coffee for first responders and shelter residents
• 560 changes of clothes
• Hundreds of hours of emotional and spiritual care to comfort shelter residents

It is through the generous donations of the people of New Jersey that services such as these can be provided not only in times of crisis, but year round.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

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 more than 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. For more information, go to
 www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Begins Service Deployment Ahead of Hurricane Sandy Landfall

Alexandria, VA (October 29, 2012)—As Hurricane Sandy moves on-shore Monday and into Tuesday, The Salvation Army is already beginning feeding operations at shelters along the East Coast. Additionally, dozens of mobile feeding units, able to serve thousands of meals, are stocked and ready to deploy into the most heavily impacted areas once it is safe to do so in coordination with emergency management officials. Crews will provide food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional and spiritual care.

“The Salvation Army is mobilized and ready to serve,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our mobile feeding units and staff are strategically positioned and already beginning to serve at shelter locations throughout the East Coast.”

Specific Salvation Army activities include:

In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks at 11 shelters in five counties. A full fleet of emergency response vehicles is ready to deploy if needed. This includes 10 fully-stocked mobile feeding units (canteens), two service vehicles, and one mobile command unit. A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State’s official search and rescue team, at Lakehurst Naval Base and may travel with them as they are deployed throughout the state.

In New York, The Salvation Army is coordinating with the local American Red Cross to provide volunteer support for shelters throughout Suffolk County. Eight canteens are equipped and ready to be deployed from the northern and western parts of the state.

In Philadelphia, PA, The Salvation Army is working closely with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to ready three shelters within the city to help ensure those impacted by Hurricane Sandy will have access to essential services and safety.

In North Carolina, Salvation Army volunteers worked for 34 hours feeding residents at a shelter in Morehead City. The Salvation Army in New Bern also served evacuees at a local shelter. Eight volunteers and two officers prepared 120 meals.

In Virginia, The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads has been providing shelter since Saturday evening. A shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits so far.

In Maryland, The Salvation Army of Salisbury served lunch to more than 200 persons at a shelter on Sunday. The Army is also in assisting with sheltering and feeding activities in Annapolis and other parts of the state.

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three-to-five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.

In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Communications support

The Salvation Army also provides a ministry of presence to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance. The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

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 more than 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. For more information, go to  www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

As Hurricane Sandy Advances, The Salvation Army Answers

Baltimore, MD (October 29, 2012) – The Maryland & West Virginia Division of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) are now serving persons impacted by Hurricane Sandy as her outer bands lash Maryland’s eastern shore and those counties surrounding, and west of, Chesapeake Bay.

On Maryland’s eastern shore, The Salvation Army Corps in Cambridge sheltered 14 persons Sunday evening. The Salvation Army of Salisbury is serving meals at Salisbury Bennett High School, an emergency shelter for Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services. On Sunday, October 28, ten volunteers and two officers (36 volunteer hours) served 100 meals and provided 200 more servings of sandwiches and soup for additional persons arriving at the shelter.

In Annapolis, The Salvation Army served dinner to the storm refugees in the Annapolis High School Shelter. Forty meals, 120 snacks, and 96 bottles of water were provided. The Salvation Army will be serving lunch and dinner at the shelter until it closes.

The Salvation Army in Baltimore is in close contact with the Baltimore City & County Emergency Operations Centers. The Salvation Army also has representation around the clock at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) headquartered in Baltimore.

All Salvation Army units across the Division are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding canteens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.

The Salvation Army anticipates severe impact from Hurricane Sandy, and extensive need for Salvation Army services. The Governor of Maryland’s press briefings, Monday, October 29, indicate:

• There have been several rescues in Ocean City due to high water and flooding. There has been a break in the dune, allowing the ocean to wash up on Coastal Highway. The iconic fishing pier has been destroyed.

• The storm is increasing in intensity and may become a Category 2 before landfall. It will impact all of Maryland.

• This is a slow moving storm and will “give Maryland a beating over a period of 24 – 36 hours.”

• As of 2 PM power outages in Maryland number 24,000 statewide.

• Storm related fatalities are expected (from both surge and wind).

• Residents are asked to stay off the roads for the next 24 to 36 hours.

• The following bridges will probably be closed due to wind velocity: the Hatem Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Tydings Bridge (which is the bridge on I-95 crossing the Susquehanna). No one remembers closing the Tydings Bridge before. Traffic on I-95 will be diverted to I-83.

• There are 23 state shelters open.

• The weather forecast is worse than 12 hours ago.

• Maryland will be hit with the most intense winds of the storm.

• Wind and tidal surge will cause flooding of streams, creeks and Chesapeake tributaries.

• Winds will shift and begin pushing water UP the Chesapeake (this is the really bad news).

• The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port will be setting Port Condition Zulu at 1400 EDT today. This means that all ports/waterways in the Baltimore Zone will be closed due to gale force winds. This includes the ports of Annapolis, Baltimore, Cambridge, Ches/Del West, Chesapeake Beach, Chestertown, Cove Point, Crisfield, Curtis Bay, Easton, Havre de Grace, Kent Island, Morgantown, Piney Point, Port Covington, Salisbury, Solomons, St. Michael’s Harbor, Washington, DC.

• There are/will be blizzard conditions in Garrett County (Western Maryland) at the same time there is tidal flooding on the Chesapeake, ocean surge in Ocean City and flooding of creeks and tributaries.

The Salvation Army is asking all residents of Maryland and West Virginia 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 preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

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 more than 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. For more information, go to
 www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

The Salvation Army of Hampton Roads Begins Sandy Related Response

Hampton Roads, VA (October 29, 2012)—The Hampton Roads Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) in Virginia and Washington, DC has begun its work in response to the early effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads began response relief on Saturday evening providing shelter for 63 individuals. Since opening on Saturday evening, the shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits. On Sunday evening, 71 people, 68 men and 3 women, found shelter at the Men’s Hope Center in Norfolk. The Salvation Army office will continue nonstop shelter services until the threat of harm from storm conditions clears and normal city and government services reopen.

Upon Sandy passing through the Hampton Roads region, The Salvation Army will work with local municipalities and other organizations to dispatch mobile feeding units, volunteers and resources to the accessible areas of greatest need.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit  www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org Salvation Army Hampton Roads or  @salarmyhr.

The Salvation Army of Virginia and DC Preparing as Sandy Approaches

Hampton Roads, VA (October 28, 2012) –The Hampton Roads Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) across Virginia and Washington, D.C. continues to prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches the Commonwealth and District.

All Salvation Army units across the Commonwealth and District are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding kitchens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.

The Salvation Army has six mobile feeding units standing by across the Commonwealth to serve in all areas of Virginia and Washington, D.C. where the need may arise. Mobile kitchens are capable of serving 1,000 meals per day.

Across Virginia and Washington, D.C., Salvation Army teams are collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure preparedness.

The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center Shelter in Norfolk (203 West 19th Street) sheltered 60 people. In coordination with the Office to End Homelessness, the Men’s Hope Center is prepared to transport to area city shelters if asked to evacuate due to potential flooding.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit  www.SalvationArmyHRVA.org Salvation Army Hampton Roads or  @salarmyhr.

The Salvation Army of Maryland and West Virginia Preparing as Sandy Approaches

Baltimore, MD (October 27, 2012)—The Maryland & West Virginia of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) continues to prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches the Delmarva Peninsula and severe winter weather threatens northern West Virginia and western Maryland.

All Salvation Army units across the Division are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding canteens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.

On Maryland’s eastern shore, Salvation Army Corps in Cambridge and Salisbury are prepared for mobile feeding in neighborhoods and at emergency shelters. In Salisbury, a section of the community has been asked to evacuate. Salisbury Bennett High School is serving as a shelter. In response to a request from the Wicomico County Emergency Management, The Salvation Army of Salisbury, Maryland, is preparing to serve lunch for more than 200 persons at the shelter on Sunday, October 28.

In Annapolis, The Salvation Army will be serving meals at Annapolis High School, where an emergency shelter opens Saturday evening, October 27, and will continue to do so until that shelter closes.

The Salvation Army in Baltimore is in close contact with the Baltimore City & County Emergency Operations Centers. The Salvation Army has been asked to feed neighborhoods that lose power should the need arise. The Salvation Army may also be tasked with feeding at a local emergency shelter if it becomes necessary to establish such housing. Salvation Army teams are collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure preparedness.

The Salvation Army is asking all residents of Maryland and West Virginia 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 preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit  www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army of Hampton Roads Preparing as Sandy Approaches

Hampton Roads, VA (October 26, 2012)—The Hampton Roads Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) continues to prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches the region and North Carolina-Virginia border.

The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center Shelter in Norfolk (203 West 19th Street) is prepared and planning to open as necessary as the storm approaches. In coordination with the Office to End Homelessness, the Men’s Hope Center is prepared to host women and men in need of shelter.

The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen (canteen) is prepping to assist southside Hampton Roads to assist with relief efforts. Mobile kitchens are capable of serving 1,000 meals per day.

In Virginia, Salvation Army teams are collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure preparedness.

The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps on Airline Boulevard in Portsmouth, Virginia is preparing the facility to serve meals to the residents in need in Portsmouth should the need arise.

The Salvation Army is asking residents of Hampton Roads and northern North Carolina 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 preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit  www.SalvationArmyHRVA.org Salvation Army Hampton Roads or  @salarmyhr.