Situation report: Hurricane Irene

As the U.S. Eastern Seaboard braces for Hurricane Irene, CWS is prepositioning supplies in areas likely to be affected.

Photo: NASA/NOAA GOES Project, courtesy www.nasa.gov

Situation:

The U.S. Eastern Seaboard braced for Hurricane Irene today, with rains generated by the storm starting to fall in North and South Carolina.  The storm could affect a large swath of the East Coast, from the Carolinas up to New England.

While authorities and citizens were making preparations for Irene, the National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm today from a Category 3 to a Category 2 hurricane.  But authorities warn that the storm continues to be a major and dangerous threat.

CWS Response:

  • CWS Emergency Response Specialist Joann Hale will be the primary ERS in this event and in coming days will be in contact with FEMA, state Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster and existing long-term recovery groups.  Her backup will be Barry Shade, CWS's associate director for domestic disaster response.
  • In preparation for use by evacuees in shelters, CWS is providing affected areas with blankets and kits.  Today, for example, CWS is sending 600 woolen blankets, 600 hygiene kits and 600 cleanup buckets to the Chesapeake (Maryland) American Red Cross.
  • The current CWS inventory at the Brethren Service Center Warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland, is as follows: 8,160 woolen blankets; 16,170 layettes; 11,310 school kits; 278,640 health kits; and 1,812 cleanup buckets.  These items are available upon request by denominations, social service agencies and others.  To make a request, contact Barry Shade.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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