FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Salvation Army’s Disaster Teams Are Ready To Go
Tampa Bay Salvation Army is on standby and ready to serve
Tampa Bay, FL (June 6, 2016) – Just days into Hurricane Season 2016, The Salvation Army is on standby and prepared to serve and to assist with the effects of Tropical Storm Colin. With a presence in every county throughout Tampa Bay, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to support emergency management personnel and communities as needed.
Trained, dedicated staff and volunteers are actively monitoring the weather across the bay area and are in regular communication with officials throughout the region.
Major James Hall, Salvation Army Area Commander for Hillsborough County affirms that “The Salvation Army is ready and willing to be of service. We will continue to be in communication with our emergency management personnel across the bay area so we can be of the best service to our communities when needed.”
Because The Salvation Army has a long history of response in disaster situations – large and small – a net of trained personnel and response vehicles (mobile feeding units) designed for rapid and free-standing response are ready to be deployed.
Just a few weeks ago, The Salvation Army’s Pinellas Team participated in the Pinellas County’s Emergency Management’s Hurricane Exercise, demonstrating the county and the Army’s commitment to be ready in situations such as this. Last summer in the wake of local record flooding, The Salvation Army was called upon by the Pasco County Emergency Operations Center to serve meals out of the Army’s mobile canteens. In addition, the Army deployed a shower unit and distributed clean up kits to neighborhoods throughout Pasco County.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s response to Tropical Storm Colin please visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/ and to volunteer in your community visit www.SalvationArmyTampaBay.org.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.