For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2012
Springfield, Mo. – Convoy of Hope’s Global Disaster Response team deployed a tractor-trailer load of emergency supplies along with a rapid response team to the Northeast U.S. in advance of Hurricane Sandy’s expected impact along the Eastern seaboard.
“Our plan is to await the storm’s arrival in Pennsylvania and then deploy to where immediate needs arise,” says Jeff Nene, national spokesperson for Convoy of Hope. “Forecasters are saying this storm could impact millions of people, so being in place in the region will be important in our damage assessment and response efforts.”
The Global Disaster Response team has been monitoring Hurricane Sandy’s development and forecasts over the last several days and will continue to do so as the storm makes landfall. According to Karen Benson, global disaster response director for Convoy of Hope, first responders will work with local, state and federal officials to coordinate efforts.
“We’ll also work with local organizations and partners in the communities where we determine to stage response efforts,” says Benson. “Since it’s a developing situation, we’ll be making any plans for additional response efforts as events unfold.”
The tractor-trailer load of supplies included bottled water, microwaveable meals, trash bags and other basic essentials.
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Convoy of Hope, founded in 1994, is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.