June 15, 2016
Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org
Original Post: https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/news/2016/06/15/salvation-army-expands-services-to-families-&-responders-of-orlando-tragedy

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.

June 13, 2016
Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

“Our mobile kitchen served throughout the night with water and coffee available to any responders or passersby,”  said Major Ted Morris, The Salvation Army Orlando Area Commander.  “We will continue to support responders and families with the generosity of our local community partners.   This morning, more restaurants arrived with breakfast foods and although we are grateful, we may have more than we need at this location.”

The Salvation Army is asking any commercial food vendors that are interested in supporting to please coordinate by calling The Salvation Army of Orlando at 407-423-8581.

The Salvation Army mobile kitchens, better known as canteens, prepare year round for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornados, but this week our volunteer teams have been called to action to serve along side our first responders in this time of tragedy.

“We ask everyone to join us in praying for those that have been affected by this attack,” Morris said.  “Our teams will continue to serve in coordination with emergency management and our partner organizations.”

If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please log on to our website at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY.   Those interested in becoming members of our disaster response team can register online or simply gain more information about The Salvation Army’s response to this tragic event.

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.
Orlando, Fla – Sunday morning, Salvation Army disaster relief teams arrived on scene at Orange Avenue near the Orange Regional Medical Center providing food and hydration to responders.   Dinner was provided in partnership with generous restaurants like Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings.

June 12, 2016

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

Original post link: https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/news/2016/06/12/salvation-army-responds-to-tragedy-in-orlando

Orlando, Florida – June 12, 2016 – The Salvation Army Orlando Disaster Relief team activated its mobile kitchen to support emergency responders with hydration and meals. Major Ted Morris, Orlando Area Commander is working with local officials and offering additional support as needed. Emotional and Spiritual Care teams have been placed on standby to support the Central Florida Community deal with this horrific tragedy.

“We were awakened this morning to this tragic news in Orlando. Our local disaster team members immediately reached out to ask how they could help their neighbors. This is why we train, this is why our volunteers serve and today we are here to comfort those impacted across our community.” stated Major Ted Morris. “Right now as we respond with hydration and food, we ask everyone to join us in praying for those families who lost dear loved ones and those who struggle to recover in hospitals around our area.”

Salvation Army units around Florida have been placed on standby to support families and responders as needed. We encourage those in the Central Florida area to check in with family and friends to establish that they are safe and well.

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.

Tampa Bay Salvation Army provides meals to residents without power due to flooding

Clearwater, FL (June 10, 2016) – Several residents of Mariner’s Cove Mobile Home Park in Clearwater, Florida experienced loss of power this week due to flooding after Tropical Storm Colin. They were left facing clean up needed throughout their neighborhood, as well as the inability to cook a meal in their home.

The Salvation Army was on site to serve a hot dinner and cold water to anyone who stopped by the mobile kitchen. In total, 110 meals and 162 bottles of water were distributed by trained Salvation Army staff and volunteers.

Power has been restored to the homes in the Mariner’s Cover neighborhood and no additional meals are scheduled to be provided at this time.

“We are honored to serve our neighbors impacted by Tropical Storm Colin, and will remain on standby to deploy where needed,” says Captain Mike Harris, Salvation Army Commanding Officer for Upper Pinellas County.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s response to Tropical Storm Colin, or to join the Emergency Disaster Services team, please visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/. For more information on The Salvation Army’s programs and services in Tampa Bay, please 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.     

Media Contact:
Dulcinea Cuellar Kimrey
Division Communications Director
Salvation Army of Florida
(813) 340-8465
Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army of Florida Responds to Tropical Storm Colin

Resources and Manpower on stand-by in the Tampa Bay area and Florida panhandle

 

Lutz, Fla. (June 6,2016) – Just days into Hurricane Season 2016, The Salvation Army in Florida is on standby and prepared to serve and assist with the impact of Tropical Storm Colin.

Salvation Army personnel on Florida’s west coast are preparing to respond to Tropical Storm Colin as it begins to batter the Tampa Bay area and skirt toward northeast Florida and Georgia.

Currently, The Salvation Army has its Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater canteens (or kitchen on wheels) on standby waiting for the OK from emergency personnel to begin the work of assisting those in need. Canteens along the west coast of Florida, including the Florida Panhandle are also on standby.

“The Salvation Army is ready and willing to be of service,” said Major James Hall, area commander for The Salvation Army of Tampa. “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.”

Just a few weeks ago, The Salvation Army’s Pinellas Team participated in 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.

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Colin
to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word Storm to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301.

• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyflorida.com, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyflorida and follow @salarmyfla on Twitter.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.


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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.

Dulcinea Cuellar Kimrey, Divisional Director of Public Relations
The Salvation Army Florida Division
dulcinea_cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.org | (813) 383-5620

TAMPA – (August 27, 2015)  On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Salvation Army is once again being called to assist those in need – this time in Southeast Florida where Tropical Storm Erika could make landfall as a hurricane on Sunday, the first one to strike the Florida coast in 10 years.

The Salvation Army will load palettes of water at its disaster warehouse, 903 East 139th Avenue, Tampa. Loading will begin around 8 am and the truck will leave promptly at 9.

“We know that water is an essential need after hurricanes,” said Major James Hall, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command. “By getting this water down by the east coast, we are preparing our teams to deploy immediately.”

The truck will travel to West Palm Beach where The Salvation Army will have a staging area and wait for the storm to make a projected landfall Sunday.

The Salvation Army in Florida will continue to monitor the storm’s impact and will coordinate with emergency management as the need grows throughout the state and locally.

In a time of disaster, The Salvation Army in Florida has 44 mobile canteen trucks, or kitchens on wheels, ready to respond throughout the state during a time of disaster.

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.

This story original appeared on http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, where you can find updates on current Emergency Disaster Relief Services as well as sign up to become a member of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team.

Contact:
Kevin Smith
Emergency Disaster Services Director
Salvation Army of Florida
(813) 267-8867
Kevin_Smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army calls in reinforcements to assist area residents affected by record flooding

Teams from St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pasco counties are stationed locally and ready to serve

Lutz, Fla. (August 4, 2015) – The Salvation Army of Florida is sending additional teams of volunteers and canteens, or kitchens on wheels, to help assist first responders and survivors after this weekend’s record rainfall.

Along with deploying its eight-unit shower truck to the evacuation shelter at First Presbyterian Church,  7540 Ridge Road in Port Richey, The Salvation Army has also gathered more than two dozen volunteers to help.

Jeanne Coulter, Social Services Director for The Salvation Army in Pasco County, said teams will serve until the end of this week. She said she will meet with the county and other partner agencies on Friday to discuss long-term recovery. Coulter is also working with county officials who will direct The Salvation Army on when it can deliver meals to residents who have been affected by the flooding.

“I’ve lived here for 35 years and I’ve never seen flooding like this,” she said, echoing what many government officials have said. “This is my hometown and we care about our neighbors.”

Along with being stationed at the county center in Pasco County, Coulter said Salvation Army volunteers are also serving hot meals at its Center of Hope, 8040 Washington St., Port Richey.

The Salvation Army Center of Hope offers a daily community meal, feeding 100 residents every day. Volunteers are working tirelessly not only with the community meal but with assisting first responders at the Pasco County Emergency Operations Center.

“We do this because (this disaster) could have easily been you or me,” she said. “We help because we have a devotion to our community, we have a love of others and it’s in The Salvation Army’s DNA.”

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the need continues to be assessed.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the flooding in the Tampa Bay Area to visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org  or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day

A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted.  Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident.  However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:

Dulcinea Cuellar
Divisional Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
(813) 340-8465
Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army of Florida urges residents to prepare as Tropical Storm Karen churns near Florida’s Gulf Coast

Tampa, Fla. (October 4, 2013) – As Tropical Storm Karen churns near the Gulf coast, The Salvation is prepared to send crews from Florida to the impacted areas.

Currently The Salvation Army has 44 mobile feeding units (food trucks) ready to support those impacted by Tropical Storm Karen. The Salvation Army of Florida also has two semi-truck size field kitchens, five shower units, a communication trailer and a mobile command center. It also has 750 trained volunteers around the state and a 50,000 square foot disaster warehouse in Tampa that serves as the epicenter of operations in a disaster or hurricane.

Salvation Army canteens can prepare and service between 500-2000 meals on site where it is needed the most.

The Salvation Army of Florida is focused on potential flooding from Pensacola to Jacksonville, as several counties in the area continue to be saturated by rain from last year’s Tropical Storm Debby.

Salvation Army units in each community are coordinating with local emergency management for possible feeding or shelter support as needed. Also, The Salvation Army continues to work with locations outside of Florida – in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia to offer support if needed.

The Salvation Army of Florida is reaching out to its corporate partners regarding donations of cleaning supplies. Additionally, The Salvation Army is seeking monetary donations to support our disaster relief by going to disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

“We are coordinating very closely with emergency management throughout Florida. While Karen doesn’t look like a catastrophic hurricane we do have very saturated areas throughout north Florida that we are concerned about,” said Kevin Smith, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Florida. “Currently our teams are readying themselves and their mobile feeding units to be ready as needed.”

In Pensacola where Karen is expected to hit the region, Salvation Army Captain Bob Cornett is gearing up for what could be an interesting weekend in the Panhandle.

“We are prepared to respond to the needs as they present themselves Sunday morning, when the storm is expected to make landfall,” he said. “We have teams on stand-by; we’re getting our canteen ready and plan to respond if called.”

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an Emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

· Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
· Hygiene kits
· Drinking water
· Shower units
· First-aid supplies
· Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this or other disasters to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by *text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief and sent your local Salvation Army.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

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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.

*A one time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.”