EDS Gears Up for Additional Winter Storm Relief in Eastern PA

Crews Have been Working Around the Clock in Pike & Monroe Counties Since March 3
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EDS Team Serving in Pike County

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) has all hands on deck as a winter snow storm is set to hit the region Tuesday night, March 6 and throughout Wednesday, March 7.

Snowfall amounts are forecasted at six to 12 inches throughout Greater Philadelphia, the Poconos and Northeast Pennsylvania, and three to six inches in Northern Delaware.  The Salvation Army is ready to provide whatever support is necessary to city, county and state officials before, during and after the winter storm.

“This storm is expected to bring significant snowfall and wind, resulting in dangerous conditions and potential widespread power outages,” said Bob Myers, Director, Emergency Disaster Services, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE. “Our teams are standing by to assist with food, comfort, care and support to communities in need.”

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Volunteers Prepare Sandwiches for Displaced Residents in East Stroudsburg

Staff and volunteers have been working around the clock since Saturday, providing food and shelter to families impacted by the March 2nd Nor’easter. High winds and wet snow from that storm left hundreds of thousands across Eastern Pennsylvania without power.

EDS crews have provided hundreds of meals to Monroe County residents sheltering at the East Stroudsburg High School. The Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg, whose homeless shelter is at capacity, is currently providing temporary emergency shelter to an additional five families who remain without power from the March 2nd winter storm.

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EDS in Pike County

EDS teams have also been deployed to Pike County since Saturday. Stationed at the county Emergency Operations Center, crews are providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to an estimated 120 individuals displaced by the March 2nd storm.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) provides basic needs and services to victims of disaster, while also assisting first-responders.

Serving 1-2 million Americans in dozens of response efforts nationwide, EDS is often one of the first on the scene to aid emergency response efforts by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.

Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

For more information, please visit www.SalvationArmyPA.org

 

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