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Salvation Army Responds to Hurricane Sandy’s Onslaught

According to, Hurricane Sandy’s outer bands pounded the Eastern Coast on Monday with strong winds, pouring rain and storm surges that authorities warned could bring destruction unlike anything anyone has seen.  An expected storm surge at midnight could raise water levels to 11 feet above normal high tide, bringing “the potential to cause unprecedented damage.”

As of Monday afternoon, storm-related power outages numbered 300,000 customers in seven states.  Forecasters said Sandy was likely to collide with a cold front and create a “superstorm” that could cause flash floods, snowstorms and massive power outages from North Carolina to Maine.  The National Grid, which provides power to millions of customers, said 60 million people could be affected.

A street on the shoreline of Milford, Connecticut, floods at high tide as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Monday, October 29. (photo credit:

The Salvation Army is preparing for Hurricane Sandy as it makes its way up the eastern seaboard with potentially devastating impacts to millions of people. Salvation Army assets are on standby from the Carolinas to Maine, ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.

Here is a brief update of our mobilization activities:

In North Carolina: 

  • The Salvation Army in Morehead City fed area residents seeking shelter at the elementary school in Atlantic, NC this past weekend.  Three trained volunteers and two of the organization’s officers served for 34 hours.  They provided 83 meals to shelter guest and staff.
  • The Salvation Army in New Bern also served evacuees at a local shelter.  Eight volunteers and two officers prepared 120 meals.

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.
  • The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads began response relief on Saturday evening providing shelter for 63 individuals.  Since opening on Saturday evening, the shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits.
  • On Sunday evening, 71 people, 68 men and 3 women, found shelter at the Men’s Hope Center in Norfolk.

In Maryland:

  • The Salvation Army Corps in Cambridge sheltered 14 persons Sunday evening.  On Sunday, October 28, ten volunteers and two officers (36 volunteer hours) served 100 meals and provided 200 more servings of sandwiches and soup for additional persons arriving at the shelter.
  • The Salvation Army served dinner to the storm refugees in the Annapolis High School Shelter.  Forty meals, 120 snacks, and 96 bottles of water were provided.

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.
  • AtlanticCounty has requested The Salvation Army provide feeding at its operating shelters.
  • The Salvation Army Red Bank Corps will receive evacuated nursing home patients on Monday.

Photo credit: Salvation Army New Jersey Division Website

There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and more than 600 units nationwide.  These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit

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