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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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Media Contact:

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Tampa: Wonetha Hall 248-802-9843

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