Salvation Army Helps Residents In Areas Damaged By Hurricane Ida. Image Credit - The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s Local Centers Respond To Hurricane Ida Helping Those Hit Hard By The Storm

Trained disaster staff mobilize relief efforts in multiple states in the Northeast

New York, NY, (September 2, 2021)The Salvation Army has activated its Emergency Disaster Services personnel in the Northeast to meet the immediate needs of survivors and first responders affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which has severely impacted several states in the region, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Hurricane Ida Gonzalez Command Post. Image Credit - The Salvation Army

Hurricane Ida Gonzalez Command Post. Image Credit – The Salvation Army

“We are doing everything in our power to respond efficiently and effectively to the impacts made by Hurricane Ida,” said Robert Myers III, the Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s USA Eastern Territory. “With the continued generosity of the public, The Salvation Army will remain on the ground serving those affected by the storm for however long our services are needed.”

Salvation Army Building. Image Credit - Stephen Andrews

Salvation Army Building. Image Credit – Stephen Andrews

Hurricane Ida brought torrential rainfall to the northeastern U.S., and severe flooding has impacted numerous counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Coming so soon after Tropical Storm Henri drenched the region, the latest flooding could limit the ability of relief teams to reach those in need. Multiple Salvation Army facilities in the region have incurred various levels of flood damage.

Hurricane Space Image. Image Credit - NASA

Hurricane Space Image. Image Credit – NASA

As a community-based organization with a presence in almost every ZIP code in the country, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to respond with a clear understanding of each impacted area’s needs. As it ramps up its response efforts, several steps have already been taken to assist those affected:

• Incident Command centers have been established in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
• Mobile feeding units are being prepared for deployment to serve food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.
o Each mobile feeding unit can serve 500 to 1,500 meals per day.
• Fixed Corps locations are being prepared to provide feeding, emergency shelter, and other needed support to those affected.
• Clean-up kits are being distributed to communities in the affected areas.

Salvation Army Mobile Food Unit. Image Credit - The Salvation Army

Salvation Army Mobile Food Unit. Image Credit – The Salvation Army

In addition, Salvation Army disaster personnel are collaborating with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies and other partners to monitor ongoing impacts and evolve response efforts as needed.

Hurricane Ida comes in the middle of what is predicted to be a busy hurricane season. In light of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has evolved service delivery with extra precautions such as social distancing at food distribution sites, adapted feeding models, and updated personal protective equipment requirements.

Hurricane Ida Food Relief Efforts. Image Credit - The Salvation Army

Hurricane Ida Food Relief Efforts. Image Credit – The Salvation Army

A digital media kit with current and historical Emergency Disaster Services assets can be found here.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, visit salvationarmyusa.org or disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

To make a financial gift to support ongoing disaster relief efforts:

• Donate online: give.helpsalvationarmy.org
• Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Emergency Meal Preparation. Image Credit - The Salvation Army

Emergency Meal Preparation. Image Credit – The Salvation Army

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. During times of disaster, 100 percent of designated donations to The Salvation Army are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and
#DoingTheMostGood.

 

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