The Salvation Army Prepares for Impact of Hurricane Maria

September 19, 2017
Trish Raines |

The Salvation Army Prepares for Impact of Hurricane Maria

(West Nyack, NY) - Families and individuals in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are having to face another round of potential devastation, threatened by Hurricane Maria. The Salvation Army continues to provide food and hydration to the affected residents. To ensure the charity is prepared to serve following Hurricane Maria, The Salvation Army is working with local and national partners, like UPS, to send containers of water, food, and vital supplies to key areas of need.

“The Salvation Army continues to remain steadfast in its mission to serve those desperate for resources,” said Captain Luis Merced, Divisional Secretary of the Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands. “We continue to push our staff and partners to provide food, supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the devastating weather events now and well into disaster recovery.” 

Some key updates for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands are:

  • In Puerto Rico
    • The Salvation Army is delivering an average of over 5,000 meals per day and 8,000 relief supplies per day from locations in Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao and San Juan.
  • In St. Thomas
    • The Salvation Army has partnered with the Reform Church to feed 1,500 people in the center of town and has provided resources for the church to offer food and supply boxes to local residents.
    • In the remotest and poorest regions of the island, The Salvation Army has distributed 3,300 bottles of drinking water, 64 home cleaning kits, a pallet of canned food, and 10 boxes of hygiene items.

As communities become accessible, The Salvation Army’s mobile emergency feeding teams, hydration vehicles, and personnel are moving through the affected areas to provide food, supplies, as well as emotional and spiritual support. This will continue until it is no longer needed.

How People Can Help

Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected to be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.


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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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