World Vision brings aid following Hurricane Irene

With the East Coast still reeling from massive flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene, World Vision is distributing emergency supplies and connecting with churches and local charities to support their efforts to help hard-hit communities.

Story by James Addis, World Vision U.S. Photo by REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, courtesy of
Published September 1, 2011 at 12:00am PDT

World Vision has begun distribution of emergency supplies to support churches and local charities helping families struggling to recover in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Distributions in six states

The first distributions took place in Washingtonville, N.Y., and East Haven, Conn., and included the supply of clean-up kits, hygiene kits, backpacks filled with school supplies, and rubber boots.

The clean-up kits consist of buckets, mops, brooms, brushes, and bleach, to help families clean up flood-damaged homes.

Further distributions in upstate New York will include Prattsville and Windham — among the worst-affected areas in the entire state.

Similar operations are planned or are ongoing in North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Concentrating on low-income neighborhoods

World Vision field director Corwin Macklin says operations in Virginia will likely concentrate on low-income neighborhoods in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach metropolitan area in partnership with local charity, Hope Charitable Services.

In New Jersey, World Vision will supply water and clothes, in addition to hygiene and clean-up kits, to churches operating temporary shelters in Bergen and Somerset counties.

Further supplies are being shipped from World Vision’s 56,000 square-foot domestic disaster response hub in Dallas, Texas, to World Vision warehouses in New York and Washington, D.C., to support the relief response.

‘We still have a long way to go’

Meanwhile, World Vision continues to support recovery operations in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo., following scores of tornadoes and violent storms that swept across the South and Midwest last spring.

World Vision domestic emergency response director Phyllis Freeman says it’s been a terrible year for natural disasters in the United States.

“It’s the worst in my 14 years of dealing with disaster response. And the bad weather season does not finish until the end of November, so we still have a long way to go,” she says.   

How you can help

Pray for those who are recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene.

Make a one-time donation to our U.S. Disaster Response Fund. Your gift will help us respond quickly and effectively to life-threatening emergencies right here in the United States.