In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, The Salvation Army's units across the Northeast Florida Area Command are prepared and ready to help at a moment's notice. The Area Command can deploy canteens (mobile kitchens) to distribute supplies needed for after the storm, such as bottled water and food. These mobile kitchens are on standby in Jacksonville and Saint John's County, and each has the capacity to feed 1,500 people per day. In times of disaster, The Salvation Army works with our partners at the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate relief efforts for the impacted area.

Shelter for the Homeless

Towers Center of Hope at 900 W. Adams St. in downtown Jacksonville will open its weather shelter for the homeless starting Saturday, September 9 at 6:30pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and shelter opens following. Men, women, and families are welcome. No pets.

Hurricane Preparedness

We're in the midst of Hurricane season, so now is the time to make sure you are prepared. The City of Jacksonville's Emergency Preparedness web site is a great resource. To find about about The Salvation Army's responses to any US disaster, check The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services web site.

Build An Emergency Kit

An Emergency Supplies Kit Should include:
  • At least a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)
  • At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • At least one change of clothing and shoes per person
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery-powered NWR and a portable radio
  • Flashlight, extra batteries
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Credit card and cash
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines
  • Pet supplies, including carrier, leash, food, tags and licenses

Jacksonville response to Hurricane Harvey

The Salvation Army in Jacksonville will send its disaster canteen (mobile kitchen) to help with The Salvation Army's response to Hurricane Harvey. The canteen is able to serve 1,500 meals per day.

Major Rob Vincent, Northeast Florida Area Commander, commented, “As we monitored the progress of Hurricane Harvey, we made preparations here in Jacksonville in anticipation of potential deployment of our mission to provide food, water, and emotional and spiritual care. We are asking for your prayers for first responders and for those in the community who have been affected by this storm.”

Information about The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Harvey can be found at www.disaster.salvationarmy.org.

There are several ways to donate to The Salvation Army’s disaster response to Hurricane Harvey:
Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org

By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Mail checks to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

By text: text STORM to 51555