Kansas City, MO (November 14, 2012) – As The Salvation Army continues to provide relief services for tens of thousands of Hurricane Sandy survivors on the East Coast, it is calling in reinforcements from across the country, including Kansas City, to relieve current disaster teams who have been working tirelessly since the storm struck.

Kansas City Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Director Dee Smith, also known as “Disaster Dee”, will depart Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. to assume the duties of Logistics Officer at The Salvation Army Operations Center in West Nyack, New York. Smith will manage all the resources needed for The Salvation Army’s massive disaster relief operations, including donations management and warehousing.

Smith has 30 years of experience in disaster relief work and has responded to many major local and national disasters including the Hyatt Regency collapse, Hurricane Katrina, the Greensburg, Kansas tornado, the September 11 World Trade Center attack and the Haiti earthquake.

In the days and weeks since Hurricane Sandy’s destructive rampage across the east coast, The Salvation Army has provided more than a million meals to storm survivors. It has also distributed essential supplies to tens of thousands of people in need and offered emotional and spiritual support throughout this time of crisis.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).  Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”* Due to the high expense and time demands associated with sorting, warehousing, and delivering goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind) to the areas affected by the storm, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area.

In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.