SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - 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.
Summit County Emergency Disaster Services of Summit County and all national Salvation Army assets are on standby from the Carolinas to Maine, ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.
The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
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.
The Salvation Army is calling on all residents of the potential impact zones to be prepared with an emergency disaster plan. Critical decisions need to be made ahead of time, before the storm makes landfall.
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org 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."*
Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to 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).