Salvation Army Providing Food, Shelter and Essential Services
To Area Residents Without Power
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (February 6, 2014) – The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is currently providing food, warmth and shelter to those affected by the winter storm, in coordination with the efforts of county Emergency Management Agencies, the Red Cross and PEMA. Estimates from area utility providers report roughly 450,000 homes in the Delaware Valley are currently without power, affecting approximately 750,000 individuals.
The Salvation Army is focusing relief efforts on Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties, in addition to surrounding counties York and Lancaster who have also been hit hard with power outages. Chester and Montgomery counties are in the greatest need, with roughly 100,000-150,000 homes in each county still without power. The Salvation Army has set up Warming Centers with food for those displaced by the storm in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Lancaster, Coatesville and Pottstown. The Salvation Army Lebanon Corps Community Center opened as an emergency shelter and is remaining open for all in need of food and warmth.
The Salvation Army provided breakfast and lunch to individuals at the Montgomery County shelter located at Hatboro-Horsham High School, as well as the West Chester Corps Community Center, which is currently operating without power, and will provide dinner at both locations tonight. The Salvation Army continues to deploy blankets and MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) to several of their corps community centers and shelters in need of assistance.
Monetary donations are welcomed as supplies and personnel are mobilized. Donors are encouraged to give via the following channels:
- Online: Via our secure, online donation page
- Phone: Dial 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Text: Using your mobile device text* SALARMYPA to 80888 to make a $10 donation
- By mail: Print and mail the form at the link below
About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
Major disasters affect thousands of people as they occur each year throughout the country. Local disasters may not affect as many people, but are equally devastating for those involved. The Salvation Army is always on the scene because of its every-day presence in communities across the country. Because of the Army's proximity to the community and a constant awareness of the needs of people who live there, The Salvation Army is among those first on scene when the disaster strikes.