Newfoundland, Wednesday September 22, 2010 – The Salvation Army has responded on several fronts and Emergency Disaster Services personnel are on alert to respond to the needs of those impacted by Igor in the coming days.
Authorities are describing Hurricane Igor as “the worst storm to ever hit Newfoundland and Labrador.” More than 30 towns declared a state of emergency, 16 towns were isolated as a result of flooding, and more than 50,000 people were left without electricity.
The Salvation Army is providing meals to more than 150 people at two locations in the town of Clarenville.
The local Salvation Army Emergency Plan has been activated, and the church kitchen has been opened to provide meals for people in the Bonavista area.
Emergency Disaster Services personnel have provided snacks and cots/blankets to 11 people who had to be removed from an apartment building in the east end of St. John’s.
The Salvation Army church kitchen is providing meals for evacuees and town emergency responders.
This area has been without electricity since 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. A Salvation Army Mobile Response Vehicle has been dispatched to Fairbanks to provide soup and sandwiches in that area.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director for Newfoundland and Labrador, Mr. Aubrey Vincent, reports that “the Mobile Community Response Vehicles and their teams are on stand-by, and Salvation Army emergency shelters and personnel across the island are responding as needed.”
For More Information contact
Major Wade Budgell
Secretary For Public Relations & Development
The Salvation Army
709-726-2273 or 700-727-9356