With the help of faithful volunteers, donors, and community partners, The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Irma across Florida.

Here’s a glimpse of how we’ve been able to serve this past year through your generosity:

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  • As of July 2018, The Salvation Army has distributed more than $9million in aid to those affected by Hurricane Irma across Florida, with an additional $20million recovery plan in place to continue to meet the long-term needs of the impacted areas. Aid has included serving more than 1million meals, drinks and snacks, and providing nearly 5,000 nights of shelter.
  • The Salvation Army received $370,000 from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to help first responders, educators, low-income households and senior citizens replace appliances, complete home repairs, and cover rent and mortgage payments. Grants were distributed in amounts of $500 – $2,500, and these funds have assisted nearly 500 men, women, and children to date.
  • Through a partnership with The Home Depot, The Salvation Army is able to purchase supplies at a discounted rate for residents in Southwest Florida and the Florida Keys to repair and rebuild their homes. The Salvation Army has allocated $5million in recovery aid for this program.
  • In the first phase of the disaster response, The Salvation Army worked with partner agencies to cover insurance deductibles for damaged homes and automobiles to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
  • For individuals and families who have been displaced form their primary residence due to Irma, The Salvation Army offers relocation assistance. This may come in the form of purchasing a bus or airline ticket, renting a moving truck, or making a deposit on an apartment in their destination city.
  • The Salvation Army’s long-term recovery plans include the hardest hit region of Florida, which includes the Ft. Myers area (Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties), the Naples area (Collier County), and the Florida Keys (Monroe County).

To  help The Salvation Army continue to serve your neighbors in need:

Thank you The Florida Panthers for hosting 1,000 “hurricane heroes” at home opener and generous support of The Salvation Army.

“It’s amazing to see, not only the generosity, but the spirit and camaraderie of the Panthers,” said Kevin Smith, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Director for Florida. “We’ve already given out a direct service of $4.2 million in just the Hurricane Irma response across Florida. Every dollar that comes to disaster services goes directly to disaster services. This gift by the Panthers will extend what we’re able to do for families across South Florida.”

October 08, 2016
Jeffrey Jellets | jeff.jellets@uss.salvationarmy.org

Florida Division

The Salvation Army Florida Division has deployed 30 canteens today to begin providing food and hydration to communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.  In addition to units from Florida, six canteens (from Birmingham, AL, Mobile, AL, Tuscaloosa, AL, Jackson, MS, and McComb, MS) are serving today in affected areas of the Sunshine State:

  • 12 mobile feeding units, working from The Salvation Army’s Daytona Beach corps, will provide services in Volusia County.
  • 11 mobile feeding units under The Salvation Army’s Jacksonville Area Command are assigned to provide services in Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, and St Johns counties.
  • 5 mobile feeding units, under the Salvation Army Melbourne corps, have been deployed to Brevard County.
  • Additional mobile feeding units are active in St. Lucie, Indian River, and Martin counties.

Georgia Division

Two incident management teams will deploy on Saturday and Sunday.  One team will deploy to Savannah and another to Brunswick, GA. The Brunswick IMT is being deployed from The Salvation Army’s Arkansas & Oklahoma Division and will be responsible for coordinating operations in both Brunswick and St. Mary’s, GA.

The Georgia Division has activated 18 mobile feeding units across the state.

These units include 11 mobile kitchens deploying  to the GA coast.  Four canteens (from Atlanta Red Shield, Carrollton, Covington and Macon) will deploy to Savannah; four canteens (from Elberton, Gainesville, Lawrenceville and Columbus) to Brunswick; and three canteens (from Americus, Bainbridge and Valdosta) to St. Mary’s. A 53′ foot field kitchen from Texas and an additional disaster canteen from Biloxi, MS, is also in route to support feeding efforts.

In addition, The Salvation Army Georgia Division has been actively supporting evacuation efforts across the Peach State for several days.  Local Salvation Army disaster teams have been providing meals and drinks at evacuation shelters, emergency operations centers, and critical workforce staging areas.  Pre-landfall mass care locations include sites in Augusta, Dublin, Douglas, Macon, Savannah, Tifton and Waycross.  Six additional Salvation Army mobile kitchens have been deployed to support these efforts, including the Albany, Augusta, Dublin, Savannah, St. Marys, and Atlanta Evangeline Booth College canteens.

North & South Carolina Division

The Salvation Army has 26 mobile feeding units positioned in the states of North and South Carolina in advance of Hurricane Matthew.  These include six out-of-division canteens from Louisville KY, Perry County KY, Clarksville TN, Charleston WV, Huntington WV, and Princeton, WV.

Even before Hurricane Matthew impacts the two states’ coasts today, The Salvation Army has provided extensive support to local emergency management officials coordinating evacuation efforts:

  • Salvation Army personnel in Charleston, SC are providing mass feeding support to the Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester County EOCs with the support of the Greenville, SC canteen and team and the Winston-Salem, NC canteen and team.
  • Salvation Army personnel in Orangeburg, SC are providing mass feeding support to responders at the Orangeburg County EOC as well as four shelter sites. The Greensboro canteen is in place and staffed with a crew from Orangeburg.
  • Salvation Army personnel in Beaufort, SC are providing mass feeding support to responders at the Beaufort County EOC with the support of the Anderson, SC canteen and crew.
  • Salvation Army personnel in Georgetown, SC are providing mass feeding support to the Georgetown County EOC as well as the Williamsburg County EOC in addition to six shelter sites with support from the Charlotte canteen and crew.
  • Salvation Army personnel in Sumter, SC are providing mass feeding support to shelters in Clarendon and Sumter Counties with the support of the Hickory canteen and crew.
  • Salvation Army personnel in Columbia, SC are providing mass feeding support to emergency personnel and rescue crews staged along the I-26.
  • Salvation Army personnel in Aiken, SC are providing mass feeding support from their kitchen to responders at the Barnwell County EOC.
  • A canteen from Waynesville, NC canteen ahas been deployed to Conway, SC to provide local support.

Additional Response Activities

The Salvation Army of Dothan, AL, is providing support at an emergency evacuation shelter in Dothan, AL, and is coordinating the delivery of meals.
The Salvation Army has deployed two satellite communications units in support of disaster operations; one unit is deploying to Florida and the second is stationed in North Carolina.

Salvation Army liaisons are being dispatched to state emergency operations centers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and the FEMA National and Regional Response Coordination Centers in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, GA respectively.  The Salvation Army is also staffing numerous county emergency operations centers in impacted states.

An additional Incident Management Assistance Team and seven additional mobile feeding units from The Salvation Army’s National Capital & Virginia divisional canteens remain on standby.

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice.  Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program:

  • Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959  Atlanta, GA 30301  Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks.
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

To support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti, Bahamas, and the other Caribbean islands, please consider making a financial gift at salar.my/Matthew

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.
Atlanta, GA – Even as Hurricane Matthew continues to pound North and South Carolina, Salvation Army disaster units in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas have already begun to respond to the storm’s effects, providing 13,532 Meals, 8,619 Drinks, and 6,070 Snacks (for current statistics go tohttp://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/aboutus/?fastfacts).  Seventy-four (74) Salvation Army mobile feeding units are now active across across four states.

Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

Orlando, FL – Salvation Army disaster response teams from the Orlando and Sanford corps continue to provide support to first responders and families at The Pulse nightclub, providing food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care.

“Yesterday was a day of transition as we worked with the local, state, and federal teams to ensure the safety of the personnel on the ground,” said Major Ted Morris, Salvation Army Orlando Area Commander.  “With the heat index reaching into triple digits yesterday, people need to stay hydrated.  Heat exhaustion is a serious concern.”

Providing food and drinks is a core service of The Salvation Army, and while food service will continue, the more critical need is hydration.  In addition to its mobile canteens, The Salvation Army has also mobilized three Polaris utility task vehicles (UTVs) to more effectively distribute water and sports drinks to responder personnel throughout the secure area.   With streets blocked off to traffic, the Polaris UTVs have allowed teams to get resources to responders more efficiently, ensuring the safety of more than three hundred local, state, and federal personnel.

Major Ted Morris and Mr. Kelvin Coachman, Salvation Army Director of Social Services, are also coordinating with other community organizations to support families at the City of Orlando ‘one-stop’ assistance center, located at Camping World stadium.  The Salvation Army has positioned a second disaster response team at the stadium to provide hydration and snacks to family members seeking information and assistance.

“In the central Florida community, we support needy families every day, and in the days to come, we need to focus on finding resources for all those coping with this tragedy,” said Major Morris.  “Comfort may come in the forms of either financial assistance or physical aid, like hydration and snacks, but we also know that many of these families need to know that we care deeply and we grieve with them in their loss.”

The Salvation Army urges organizations wishing to partner in helping families recover to contact us at 407-423-8581.  Individuals, outside of Orlando, who wish to contribute may call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text “Orlando” to 41444.

“Yesterday, we received a generous donation of Gatorade and snacks from our local Sam’s Club,”  said Gene Daniels, Director of Operations at The Salvation Army Area Command.  “We were able to get that Gatorade immediately to the responders on scene thanks to our Polaris units and volunteers on the ground.  This is why we are here, showing the support and appreciation that we all feel for their efforts.”

Please continue to pray for the Orlando community.