(Alexandria, VA, October 29, 2013)—One year ago, Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast following a four-day northern trek, creating the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 season. A week before the strike, disaster services crews of The Salvation Army were ramping up response efforts by feeding evacuees and developing search and rescue teams.
Following an initial response phase in which millions of meals, beverages, clean-up kits, flashlights, blankets, and other essential items were provided to thousands who sustained tragic loss, The Salvation Army continues to be active in recovery one year after the storm hit.
With a permanent physical presence in most of the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, The Salvation Army is committed to providing assistance to for as long as needed.
“The Salvation Army’s relief efforts continue long after the initial impact of a disaster, and we will use all of the donated funds to provide ongoing assistance to meet the needs of individuals, families, and whole communities impacted by the hurricane,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary.
With the support of donors and partnering organizations, affected individuals and families are being met with financial assistance, rebuilding and repair costs, and in-depth case management to address unmet needs. The long-term recovery phase began in June and is planned to continue at least through the end of 2014, or until the last need has been met in the hardest hit areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The services being provided include, but are not limited to:
Disaster case management
Developing long term recovery plans with impacted clients
Restoring dignity to survivors through financial assistance and advocacy.
Emotional and spiritual care for individuals, families, and through organized support groups.
Assistance with immediate needs such as food, clothing, and cleaning supplies.
Funding for rebuilding efforts or repair costs, the purchase of major appliances and furniture, elevation projects, short-term rental assistance and special projects.
Linking individuals to government and disaster recovery agencies to address unmet needs.
The Salvation Army received $36,106,457 in cash and in-kind contributions from the compassionate public and corporate partners who opened their hearts to help their neighbors in need. Financial contributions are being used to support ongoing services to meet the needs of those struggling to regain their homes and their lives in all communities impacted by this disaster.