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.

The Salvation Army Serving Hardest Hit Areas Across Florida Gulf Coast

Tallahassee, FL (September 3, 2016) – Salvation Army personnel continue disaster response following Hurricane Hermine’s landfall in the “Big Bend” area of the Florida Gulf Coast. Thirteen mobile feeding kitchens are currently serving meals and providing clean-up kits in the following Counties: Citrus, Dixie, Gadsen, Hernando, Leon, Levy, Marion, Pasco, Taylor, and Wakulla.

Some of the hardest hit areas being served by The Salvation Army are the communities of Cedar Key, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee, Tallahassee, and Yankeetown. Based on information received through relief efforts yesterday, three additional mobile feeding kitchens have been deployed to serve these areas.

With approximately 52% of the residents still without power in the Tallahassee area, housing for relief personnel has been difficult to secure. The Salvation Army has deployed a Personnel Support Unit (bunkhouse) with the capacity to sleep 14 disaster relief volunteers and staff.

On Friday, September 2, The Salvation Army provided 838 meals, 1,194 drinks, 563 snacks and spiritual care to 114 residents across the impacted areas of Florida.

The best way to help those impacted by Hurricane Hermine is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

Donate by Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or Text STORM to 51555

Donate Online: www.SalvationArmyUSA.org

Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 (designate Hurricane Hermine on all checks)

For more information on The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Hermine, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

When disasters strike, The Salvation Army is prepared to meet the immense need through a variety of services. These services range from providing food and water through mobile feeding units, to offering emotional and spiritual care from trained pastors and volunteers.

Members of The Salvation Army’s Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) team offer some of the Army’s most valuable resources to survivors and first responders – prayer and hope – through what they call a “Ministry of Presence.”

Over the next few days, Major Marion Durham, Salvation Army Officer of 20 years, will head to Ocala and Tallahassee to lead the Army’s ESC efforts. She has previously served on The Salvation Army’s ESC teams during Hurricane Isobel, the Moore, Oklahoma Tornadoes, and most recently the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando, Florida.

When comforting people who are suffering through what is often the most challenging time of their lives, Major Durham offers a friendly face and a listening ear. “Sometimes, giving a bottle of cold water and a snack are just an opening to helping a deeper need,” says Durham. “Often, while I hear their personal stories, I give folks to opportunity to pray over their situation and provide comfort during the crisis.”

When asked how serving on the ESC team has impacted her personally, Major Durham replies, “It has opened my eyes to the width and breadth of my ministry outside of my regular duties. I am amazed at the swiftness of our response to meet human needs that are both physical and spiritual.”

As Salvation Army disaster relief teams from across Florida head out to serve in areas where the need is greatest, the Army’s response to Hurricane Hermine has just begun. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, the Army will continue to provide much-needed care – physical and spiritual – to those in need across the state.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Hermine, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

Donate by Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or Text STORM to 51555

Donate Online: www.SalvationArmyUSA.org

Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 (designate Hurricane Hermine on all checks)

The Salvation Army is Preparing for Local and Statewide Response to Tropical Storm Hermine
Tampa Bay Salvation Army is ready to serve

Tampa Bay, FL (September 1, 2016) –  While Hermine swirls through the Gulf of Mexico, Salvation Army staff and volunteers are in the Army’s 50,000 sq. ft. state Emergency Disaster Warehouse preparing  supplies, mobile feeding and shower units to be deployed locally and throughout the state as needed. Depending on the forecast teams are on stand-by to respond as early as tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Currently in Hillsborough and Pinellas County, The Salvation Army has personnel in their respective Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) monitoring the storm and the Army’s needed response. The Salvation Army’s  trained, dedicated staff and volunteers are prepared to serve food and drinks and provide emotional and spiritual care in the immediate if called upon. 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.

“With the heavy rains yesterday the Army’s homeless shelters in Hillsborough and Pinellas quickly adapted our operations to allow for extended daytime hours and to offer more beds in the evening ,” said Captain Andy Miller, Area Commander for The Salvation Army, Tampa/Hillsborough County. Captain Miller noted that the extended hours and extra beds – 54 in Hillsborough and 30 Pinellas – will be available throughout the storm. For more information or to donate please visit www.salvationarmytampabay.org.

Earlier this summer The Salvation Army responded to flooded communities in Upper Pinellas County following Tropical Storm Colin providing meals.  In the wake of the tragic shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a Salvation Army team from Tampa Bay was called to support the Army’s response efforts to first responders.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparations to Tropical Storm Hermine 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.     

Tropical Depression 9 Enters the Gulf – Tampa Bay Salvation Army is Prepared to Respond

Tampa Bay, FL (August 29, 2016) – Salvation Army units throughout Tampa Bay are prepared and on stand-by to help residents as Tropical Depression 9 enters the Gulf. 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. This past week additional training was held in St. Petersburg for staff and volunteers from across the Bay.

“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,” said Lt. Colonel Gary Haupt, Area Commander for The Salvation Army, St. Petersburg. Lt. Colonel Haupt also noted that in Hillsborough and Pinellas County the Army’s homeless shelters will extend daytime hours during periods of heavy rains and winds.

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.

Earlier this summer The Salvation Army responded to flooded communities in Upper Pinellas County following Tropical Storm Colin providing meals.  In the wake of the tragic shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a Salvation Army team from Tampa Bay was called to support the Army’s response efforts to first responders.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparations to Tropical Depression 9 please visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/ and to volunteer in your community click here.

 

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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.

 

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.
Photo: Florida Governor Rick Scott vists with a Salvation Army disaster worker serving law-enforcement personnel near The Pulse nightclub.