As Hurricane Irene was making landfall on the Eastern Seaboard last weekend, Convoy of Hope assessment teams were dispatched to the area.
“Our teams made requests for cleaning supplies, flood buckets and paper supplies. Such items will be the best help to families in need,” says Kary Kingsland, senior vice president of Global Initiatives for Convoy of Hope. “Making correct assessments is key to our operations as we always want to be sure to provide the right supplies at the right time.”
In the coming days, Convoy of Hope and its network of local churches, organizations and partners will distribute supplies to those in need.
“Our goal is to be there, ready to help at exactly the moment victims of Irene need us the most,” says Kingsland.
Though Irene did not impact the East Coast as severely as many experts predicted, it did wreak havoc in several states, killed at least a dozen people and caused billions of dollars in damage.
“We’re thankful there wasn’t more loss of life,” adds Kingsland. “Though Irene did not live up to expectations there are many families—many whom are the poorest of the poor—who need assistance. We will be there for as many families as possible.”