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Nor’easter May Disrupt Salvation Army Services For Hurricane Sandy

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 Army and other emergency relief organizations.  The Salvation Army 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.

In 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.  “We 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 Commander.

Salvation Army feeding operations in Staten Island, NY.

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.  In New Jersey, The Salvation Army may be forced to suspend mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) until the storm clears.

In coordination with volunteer and other partner organizations, The Salvation Army has helped provide more than 1.5 million meals and drinks to impacted residents.  Click here to watch a video on disaster relief: The Salvation Army Hurricane Sandy Relief.

The 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, “Yes.”*

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center:

PO BOX 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301.

Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/ and http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

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