With Hurricane Sandy set to make landfall within the next few days, The Salvation Army is working along the East Coast to prepare for the storm.

Already in Virginia and North Carolina, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure preparedness. Additionally, in Hampton Roads, VA, The Salvation Army is preparing its mobile kitchen (canteen), which is capable of serving 1,000 meals per day, and The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center Shelter in Norfolk, VA, is prepared and planning to open as necessary to host both men and women as the storm approaches.

Anyone who may be impacted by Sandy should keep an eye out for news updates and be prepared with an emergency disaster plan before the storm makes landfall. As always, The Salvation Army will be ready to help anyone in need – check back here for continued updates, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit 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.”

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these gifts are vitally important in 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).

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Privacy Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.