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“Superstorm” Sandy Spurs Prayers, Relief Efforts

hurricane sandySome 8.2 million homes and businesses in several states in the northeastern United States were without electricity after trees toppled by the fierce winds of this week’s massive storm took down power lines.

The record storm surge, high winds and heavy rains from the storm killed at least 59 people and caused billions of dollars in losses. Millions of people in New York City and other hard-hit areas are expected to spend days or weeks recovering from the storm. Prayers, meanwhile, are going out to all those affected as are relief efforts.

“Please keep all those line-workers in your prayers this week as they will be working in dangerous conditions to help restore your power! Also, continue praying for those hit harder along the East Coast with Hurricane Sandy!” expressed the staff at Wonderful News Radio (WFNR) in Port Huron, MI.

“We will continue to keep those of you impacted by the storm in our thoughts and prayers as you rebuild your homes and communities,” added the staff at Alliance Defending Freedom in Scottsdale, AZ. “May God be with you, comfort you, and keep you safe.”

As “Superstorm” Sandy barreled up the East Coast this week, leaving mass destruction and power outages in its wake, organizations such as The Salvation Army prepared for a long-term disaster response and recovery operation.

In the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, feeding has already begun at shelters and Salvation Army mobile canteen units were scheduled to deploy to the areas of greatest need as damage is assessed in the coming days.

In New York City, officials from the Office of Emergency Management have appointed The Salvation Army as the lead agency for the City's Food Access Plan, to coordinate feeding at city shelters.

According to the organization, its crews will provide food, hydration, and clean-up kits, as well as emotional and spiritual care.

"It's clear now that Hurricane Sandy was and continues to be a major and historic storm impacting millions of people," said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. "Residents of the impacted areas can rest assured that The Salvation Army will be with them for the long-haul – providing practical, physical and spiritual support at the areas of greatest need."

While The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization, it is asking people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

As supplies and personnel are mobilized in response to Hurricane Sandy, monetary donations are the most critical need.

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."

For more information on The Salvation Army's preparation and response to Sandy, please visit blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

Published: November 1, 2012