Alexandria, Virginia (August 29, 2011) – Salvation Army damage assessment teams throughout North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware are still receiving significant requests for mass care after widespread power outages, downed power lines and trees and localized flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. There continue to be thousands of evacuees housed in shelters across the region, especially those living in low lying areas prone to storm surge, as well as several senior centers. Most of The Salvation Army’s current response is focused on mass feeding of evacuees as well as fire, rescue, police and other emergency response personnel.

“The initial damage reports are leaving us cautiously optimistic that there has not been widespread structural damage or injuries,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary in the U.S. “But flooding remains a problem, particularly in New England, and there is a significant response ongoing. It is critical that we provide the base of support for damage assessment teams, rescue personnel and survivors to ensure everyone weathers the fallout from this storm safely.”

Dozens of canteens are on the move throughout the East Coast, heading to shelter locations and in support of roving emergency responders. A sampling of the response so far:

  • The Salvation Army has already served some 15,000 meals to first responders and evacuees in New Jersey.
  • Nearly 14,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served in Greenville, Washington, Elizabeth City and Morehead City in the Carolinas.
  • In Norfolk and Spotsylvania Counties, VA, The Salvation Army has already served more than 6,400 meals, snacks and drinks and provided lodging to 265 people.
  • More than 5,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served at multiple shelter locations throughout Maryland and West Virginia.
  • In Connecticut, The Salvation Army has served hundreds of meals to evacuees at shelters as well as to first responders.
  • The Salvation Army is feeding at numerous shelter facilities throughout Massachusetts and other parts of New England.

In total, The Salvation Army has 370 canteens and five mobile feeding kitchens along the eastern seaboard. Collectively, these units can provide several hundred thousand meals per day when operating at full capacity.  Also, The Salvation Army is standing up a broad range of services, in coordination with local, state and federal governments, including supporting shelter operations and evacuations.

The most critical need right now is for monetary donations, which can be made online at, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.* For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Irene, please visit, or

*A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and date rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to

Your donations make a real difference.

A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.

A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to