PHILADELPHIA (October 11, 2018) — The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) team is on standby to respond to the southern U.S. states impacted by Hurricane Michael. With the widespread damage of the storm already being felt and what is expected to be an extended relief effort, The Salvation Army’s divisional EDS department is readying a team of staff and volunteers for potential deployment.
Beginning Phase 3 Long Term Recovery
As The Salvation Army begins Long Term Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, we have met with several corporate entities, partner agencies and FEMA. We continue to create our organizational structure around the principles of collaboration and relationship building with allies throughout the region.
As noted in previous updates, there are still parts of Puerto Rico without power and water, and the infrastructure continues to be a major problem. With many traffic lights still in disrepair, road signage gone, and potholes large enough to swallow small vehicles, traffic is impeded with hazards that make travel dangerous. Accidents are common place, and getting around can be a great challenge. Downed power lines, debris, and abandoned buildings add to the general unsightliness, as there is an overwhelming amount of repair needed. All of this creates real need for emotional and spiritual care, a focused priority for The Salvation Army. We have set aside funds to make referrals to mental health professionals, as needed. Continue reading “Hurricane Maria Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico & USVI”