Today, Sandy has begun to show that she is a force to be reckoned with on the East coast. Flooding has begun, rain is falling, and blizzard warnings have been issued throughout Appalachia. Here is what our National Headquarters has stated about the status of The Salvation Army’s efforts on the ground:
The Salvation Army is continuing to monitor and prepare for Hurricane Sandy as it makes its way up the eastern seaboard with potentially devastating impacts to millions of people. There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and more than 600 units nationwide, capable of serving thousands of meals and drinks per day.
Here is a brief update of our mobilization activities:
- Throughout Maryland:
- In response to a request from the Wicomico County Emergency Management, The Salvation Army of Salisbury served lunch for more than 200 persons at the shelter on Sunday.
- The Salvation Army is assisting with sheltering activities at Salisbury Bennett High School in a community where residents have been asked to evacuate.
- In Annapolis, The Salvation Army is serving meals at Annapolis High School, where an emergency shelter opened Saturday evening 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 and has been asked to feed neighborhoods that lose power should the need arise.
- In Virginia and the District of Columbia:
- 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.
- On Saturday evening, The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center Shelter in Norfolk, VA 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.
- In New Jersey:
- The New Jersey Division currently has its full fleet of emergency response vehicles ready to deploy if needed. This includes 10 fully-stocked canteens, two service vehicles, and one mobile command unit.
- Atlantic County has requested The Salvation Army provide feeding at its operating shelters.
- The Salvation Army Red Bank Corps will receive evacuated nursing home patients on Sunday and Monday.
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.”
At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these gifts are vitally important in 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).
We will keep you posted as the storm progresses. Thanks for your help.