Alexandria, Virginia (November 8, 2012) – 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 increase the need for services provided by The Salvation Army and other emergency relief organizations.
The Salvation Army has provided more than 700,000 meals and drinks to impacted residents. 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 and is calling on the public for increased monetary and in-kind donations to 1-800-SAL-ARMY and by texting “storm” to 80888.
“With 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 moves north, The Salvation Army has called in requests for supplies to not only replenish the need created by Sandy, but to answer the need created by this nor’easter.”
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.
“We are very concerned about the impact this storm has had 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 Commander.
In 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 also provides a ministry of presence provides compassionate care 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.
To make a donation to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing efforts visit www.salarmychicago.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
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).