The Salvation Army Mobilizes Personnel As Florida Braces for Hurricane Michael

TAMPA, FL (October 10, 2018) – As conditions continue to deteriorate across the Florida Panhandle in what is now being called an unprecedented event, The Salvation Army is ready to meet the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Operators with SATERN, The Salvation Army’s amateur radio network, are planning to deploy to Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee and Tampa to keep communication lines open through the widespread power outages that are expected.

“We are prepared with supplies and our teams are ready to begin serving as soon as possible,” says Lt. Ryan Meo, Administrator for The Salvation Army in Tallahassee. “We have been in constant communication with local emergency management and are trusting God to care for those in the path of the storm.”

Additional teams stationed in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Panama City are on-site at local Emergency Operations Centers to assist with mass feeding requests. Mobile feeding kitchen crews from across south Florida are staging in Tampa as they prepare to deploy to impacted areas after the storm passes.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Michael relief efforts:

  •          Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  •          Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks.)
  •          Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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