Released 31 October 2012
Army Ramps Up Deployment Efforts in Sandy's Wake
New York City Officials Appoint Salvation Army
to Coordinate Feeding at City Shelters
Ways to Donate:
- Mail check to 736 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40508 with designation
"Hurricane Relief." 100% of donation will go to relief efforts in affected
- Donate online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster.
- Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- 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, 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
Alexandria, Virginia (October 30, 2012) - As Hurricane
Sandy barreled up the East Coast, leaving mass destruction and power outages in
its wake, The Salvation Army prepared for a long-term disaster response
and recovery operation. Feeding has already begun at shelters in the Northeast
and Mid-Atlantic regions and mobile canteen units will deploy to the areas of
greatest need as damage is assessed in the coming days. Crews will provide
food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional and spiritual care.
In New York City, officials from the Office of Emergency
Management have appointed The Salvation Army as the lead agency for the City's
Food Access Plan, to coordinate feeding at city shelters. For the next few days
The Salvation Army will be serving food at Seward High School in lower
Manhattan where 1,000 people are being fed breakfast, lunch and dinner.
"It's clear now that Hurricane Sandy was and continues to be a major and
historic storm impacting millions of people," said Major George Hood, National
Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States.
"Residents of the impacted areas can rest assured that The Salvation Army will
be with them for the long-haul - providing practical, physical and spiritual
support at the areas of greatest need."
Current Salvation Army activities in other impacted areas include:
In New Jersey:
o The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks to hundreds
of evacuees at 11 shelters in five counties.
o While serving meals at a shelter in Union Beach, a Salvation Army
canteen and a volunteer vehicle were flooded when waters rose
unexpectedly. Despite the loss of these vehicles Salvation Army volunteers
continued to serve meals to both displaced residents and first
o Local senior citizens found refuge from Hurricane Sandy
at The Salvation Army building in Red Bank.
o In Montclair, The Salvation Army is operating a "charging"
center for members of the community needing to charge their phones,
computers, or other electronic devices.
o A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State's
official search and rescue team.
Elsewhere in New York:
o The Salvation Army provided food and shelter assistance at two
locations in Albany as Sandy impacted that area last night.
o On Long Island, The Salvation Army is assisting the
American Red Cross with redistribution of supplies to eight
o The Salvation Army is serving approximately 1,000 meals per day in
nine shelters throughout the Philadelphia area.
o In Lehigh Valley and West Chester, the Army is providing meals at
In Stamford, CT:
o The Salvation Army has served more than 400 meals and will serve
650 dinners tonight using supplies collected for this year's
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
For more information on The Salvation Army's preparation and response to
Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/,
a or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.
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to 80888 for help.