Cincinnati, OH, February 22, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is just around the corner. Hurricane season is typically a time of significant tropical depression, storm and hurricane formation. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to produce approximately 12 named storms including 7 hurricanes, 3 or more of which may be significant, with sustained winds over 100 miles per hour according to Weather Services International (WSI). The 2011 hurricane season saw a total of 19 named or tropical storms which produced 7 hurricanes, including 3 of major proportions. The hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.
In preparation for the upcoming disaster season and the overwhelming needs these disasters will bring, Matthew 25: Ministries will be receiving and processing almost a quarter million disaster blankets in the upcoming weeks. These high quality disaster blankets will be invaluable resources to partners in the areas most frequently affected by disasters as they work to serve the needs of those left homeless as a result of destructive winds, flooding and mudslides. In the past, Matthew 25 has provided similar blankets for disaster relief in circumstances as varied as the Southeast Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistani earthquake, Hurricane Ike and the tornadoes in Alabama and Joplin.
“I have personally delivered blankets along with other supplies to partners in disaster relief situations and seen the impact they have on children and adults struggling to recover after losing everything,” says Tim Mettey, Vice President and Disaster Relief Coordinator for Matthew 25: Ministries. “These blankets are used initially for warmth, to keep dry, as mats to sleep on and for many other purposes too numerous to mention. In developing countries, the blankets will be used well beyond the immediate aftermath of the disaster to improve the living conditions of the families they are donated to.”
Matthew 25: Ministries’ current disaster preparedness program was developed as a result of relief efforts with the 2005 Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Pakistani earthquake. This program facilitates Matthew 25’s processing and warehousing of response aid on a continual basis and allows Matthew 25 to respond quickly with life-saving disaster relief. Matthew 25’s Disaster Preparedness Program incorporates the ability to prepare truckloads of food and water from Matthew 25’s Food Processing Center as well as Grow Right micronutrient supplements. The program also ensures access to first response items including blankets, medical supplies and cleaning products.
For additional information about Matthew 25: Ministries please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org for the most up-to-date information on Matthew 25’s ongoing humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries’ blog http://m25m.org/blog.aspx or follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook facebook.com/m25m.org and Twitter twitter.com/M25M_org. Mathew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs; Matthew 25: Ministries also welcomes volunteers to their 132,000 square foot facility five and a half days a week.
About Matthew 25: Ministries: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 11,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 12,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 is tied for #1 on Forbes' list of the 20 Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also ranked #1 of 1,400 four star charities on Charity Navigator as well as #1 of Ten Top Notch Charities on the same website. Matthew 25: Ministries appears in The "Philanthropy 400" listing of America's Top Charities and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the "Wise Giving Alliance Standards". For more information, contact Joodi Archer at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.