Released 7 November 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia – As
thousands of people in New York City and throughout the state of New
Jersey continue to seek relief assistance nine days following Hurricane Sandy,
a powerful nor’easter storm could halt services provided by The Salvation
and other emergency relief organizations. The Salvation Army, which has
provided more than 700,000 meals and drinks to impacted residents, will prepare
for the forthcoming storm which could bring high winds, freezing temperatures,
flooding and potentially snow to coastal areas that are still without power. At
the same time, there is an increasing need for warm clothing and blankets and
stores of supplies that otherwise would have been used for Thanksgiving and to
meet the ongoing needs in those communities. The Salvation Army is preparing to
continue service delivery when possible, and is calling on the public for
increased monetary and in-kind donations to 1-800-SAL-ARMY and by texting
“storm” to 80888.
a new Mid-Atlantic storm, we are seeing a sharp rise in the need for warm
clothing, hot meals and water,” said Major George Hood, National Community
Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “As the storm
north, The Salvation Army has called in requests for supplies to not only
replenish the need created by Sandy, but to answer the need that will be created
by this nor’easter.”
some areas, The Salvation Army is planning to curtail certain services on
Wednesday until the storm passes in New York
and New Jersey.
Overall, need is expected to increase throughout the next several days.
Survivors of Sandy
will need not only food and water, but also warm clothing and shelter to
protect them winter conditions.
are very concerned about the impact this storm will have on areas that are
still without food and electricity. We’re taking every precaution and are
committed to making sure The Salvation Army can meet the expected need," said
Commissioner Israel Gaither, The Salvation Army’s Eastern Territorial
New York City,
The Salvation Army, the lead agency for the City’s Food Access Plan, is
providing meals, hydration and emotional support to thousands. The effort of
the Food Access Plan brings together resources from several members of the
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) including the American Red
Cross, as well as the City Council, the NYPD, the National Guard and dozens of
volunteers from across New York City.
With the assistance of 400 National Guard troops, service sites were
established in public parks and playgrounds in the hardest hit areas. More than
160,000 liters of water and nearly 860,000 meals have been distributed to
approximately 200,000 local residents.
The Salvation Army may be forced to suspend mobile feeding kitchens (canteens)
the storm clears. Previously, The Salvation Army lost a mobile feeding kitchen
Sandy, due to
flood waters that engulfed the vehicle. Each canteen is able to serve thousands
of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
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,
to the high expense and time demands associated with sorting, warehousing, and
delivering goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind) to the areas affected by the
storm, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind
donated now will be sent to the disaster area.
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.
Hurricane Season” on all checks.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s
response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/
, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.
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.