Catastrophic conditions make community support vital
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA (October 2, 2022) — Following a three-day trek to reach Fort Myers, The Salvation Army of Texas and ALM began serving survivors of Hurricane Ian on Saturday afternoon. A total of 1,335 meals and 895 drinks were served to residents of Fort Myers. Ian comes just days after Hurricane Fiona ravaged Puerto Rico, where The Salvation Army is still serving survivors and first responders.
Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm the night of Wednesday, Sept. 28, on the west coast of Florida. A heavy storm surge led to severe flooding conditions along the coastline.
“We had a long trip with a caravan of 15 mobile feeding units, trucks and support vehicles,” said Alvin Migues, Director of the Texas Division Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army and Incident Commander for the Fort Myers Operation. “We have a great team of experienced officers, staff, and trained volunteers on the ground here and expect to be serving the Fort Myers community for many weeks to come.”
The Salvation Army disaster personnel are also collaborating with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies and other social services organizations in both locations to monitor ongoing impacts and adapt response efforts, if necessary.
A digital media kit with current disaster assets can be found here.