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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August 31, 2016

Dulcinea Kimrey | dulcinea.kirmey@uss.salvationarmy.org | (813) 340-8465

Original Post can be found on The Salvation Army Disaster Website here.

 

Aug. 31, 2016 (Panama City, Fla)

“Salvation Army canteens are stocked with water and supplies,” said Major Otis Childs, administrator for The Salvation Army in Panama City.

The Salvation Army is also working closely with county emergency management officials. As county officials assess the needs, The Salvation Army will follow. Traditionally, The Salvation Army is tasked to serve and prepare meals off its mobile canteen (or kitchen on wheels), help distribute cleaning supplies and offer comfort to those impacted.

“The Salvation Army is a vital part of the Panama City community,” Childs said. “As we prepare for the storm, we also pray for people to stay safe.”

On Wednesday, August 31, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in every county within the State of Florida in preparation for the storm.

The Salvation Army in Florida began its preparations for Hermine on Thursday (August 25) when it held a state wide coordination conference call. The Salvation Army also coordinates year round disaster volunteer training throughout the state.

The Salvation Army in Panama City has a need for trained disaster volunteers. To learn how you can volunteer go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

“Training our volunteers in disaster preparedness and service is in the DNA of The Salvation Army” Childs said.

In times of disaster, The Salvation Army works with its partners at the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate relief efforts for the impacted area. The Salvation Army of Florida has 32 mobile food trucks, or kitchen on wheels, ready to respond throughout the state. Along with its canteens, The Salvation Army also has two field kitchens (large 18-wheeler trucks retrofitted for cooking and mass feeding), one command and communication unit and five shower trucks which have already been deployed this month assisting flood survivors in Louisiana.

In the United States, The Salvation Army began its Emergency Disaster Services ministry during the 1900 Galveston hurricane. The ministry continues to grow and is a vital part of every Salvation Army unit in the country. Today, The Salvation Army utilizes mobile canteens to cook and distribute food to residents in need in the aftermath of a disaster such as a hurricane.

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 directly affected by the storm to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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.

Original Post: The Salvation Army Provides Support Following Downtown Dallas Shooting

 

Dallas, Texas (July 8, 2016) – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Units have provided meals, drinks and refreshments throughout the night and early hours to law enforcement personnel and firefighters following the shooting in downtown Dallas.

At approximately 9 pm on Thursday, July 7, an unknown number of shooters began firing at police who were working security at a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, killing five police officers and wounding 12 additional officers.

At the request of the Dallas Fire Department The Salvation Army Box 4 Canteen, operated by retired firefighters, was deployed and arrived on the scene at 10 pm. This unit was moved several times throughout the incident to best serve responders. In addition to providing hydration services and snacks, the custom design of this unit also offers bathroom facilities to first responders. The Box 4 team continued to serve until 7 am when they were relieved by The Salvation Army Tarrant County/Lancaster disaster response team.

After collecting 150 meals from a local partner the Tarrant County mobile kitchen arrived at Dallas City Hall at 3 am and was moved into place at 8 am.

“The Salvation Army has been on the scene of the shooting all night and this morning providing meals and support,” said Major Jonathan Rich, The Salvation Army Dallas Fort Worth Area Commander. “We are in prayer for the families affected by this tragedy and will join in the interfaith vigil at noon, praying and providing cold water to all the participants.”

A third Salvation Army unit, the Dallas County Canteen operated by the Dallas Temple Irving team, has been deployed this morning to provide additional support. They will remain throughout the prayer vigil taking place at Thanksgiving Square in downtown Dallas, along with a team of Salvation Army officers, before returning to the Dallas Fire Department staging area.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen and injured police officers, and with the city of Dallas.

 

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.

Original Post:
Dulcinea Cuellar Kimrey | dulcinea_cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.org | (813) 383-5620
https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/news/2016/06/29/florida-governor-rick-scott-honors-salvation-army-volunteers

Orlando, Fla (June 29, 2016) – Florida Governor Rick Scott spent part of Wednesday June, 29, at The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command recognizing volunteers and staff who served the community after the Pulse Nightclub shooting earlier this month.

“My job here is to tell you thank you,” Scott told the crowd of more than 40 volunteers.

Scott presented each volunteer with the Governor’s Medal of Unity.

“This says ‘Orlando Strong’,” Scott said. “Hopefully we will continue to be unified.”

The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command served survivors and first responders in the aftermath of the mass shooting that killed 49 people near downtown Orlando on June 12.

The Salvation Army was inside the police perimeter and was able to provide first responders with water, meals and snacks. Drinks and snacks were also provided just outside the Family Assistance Center as well as during one of the many vigils which took place at the Dr. Philips Preforming Arts Center.

Along with serving first responders, The Salvation Army also worked with partner agencies to support the city of Orlando’s “one-stop” Family Assistance Center which was located at Camping World stadium.

Major Ted Morris, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in Orlando, said it was heart-warming to see the governor with the volunteers.

“We were honored to host the Governor this afternoon and to see members of our team recognized for their sacrificial service,” he said.

Directly after the shooting, Morris said people wanted to “do something.”

“In the wake of this tragedy, and The Salvation Army, in partnership with a number of food providers, was in a unique place to be able to do so,” Morris said. “As the investigation phase of the operation progressed, we saw how important the Ministry of Presence was to the authorities.”

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.

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.