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Public Information Officer The Salvation Army of Florida (813) 340-8465 Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.org
Kevin Smith Emergency Disaster Services Director The Salvation Army of Florida (813) 267-8867 Kevin_Smith@uss.salvationarmy.org
Salvation Army of Florida responds to severe weather in Pensacola, the Florida Panhandle
The Salvation Army urges residents to be “Weather Aware”
Tampa, Fla. (April 30, 2014) – The Salvation Army of Florida is deploying two mobile canteens (kitchens on wheels) to the Pensacola area after more than 24 inches fell in the area over night and more is expected today (Wednesday).
“Right now we are determining where the need is greatest and finding ways to get resources where they are needed,” said Captain Robert Cornett, Salvation Army commanding officer in Pensacola. “This community has had its share of flooding, but I’m not sure we have ever seen anything like this.”
The Salvation Army Florida Divisional headquarters in Tampa is placing additional mobile canteens from around north Florida on alert to mobilize if the situation in Pensacola and neighboring cities continues to worsen. The Salvation Army urges citizens to be “weather aware” and to heed local emergency managers’ advice of “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
Since the severe weather hit over the weekend, The Salvation Army has served more than 4,500 meals, distributed more than 125 clean up kits and dispatched 16 mobile canteens. The Salvation Army expects to deploy more manpower as the weather continues to pound the area.
Smith said The Salvation Army will be sending resources such as water and clean up kits to Pensacola, however in-kind donations are not needed.
If you would like to donate or learn how to volunteer with The Salvation Army in Pensacola please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
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 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.
For more information on how The Salvation Army of Florida is responding to the storm, follow @salarmyfla and on Twitter, search for “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook or go to our website, www.salvationarmyflorida.org. You can also go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org other ways The Salvation Army is helping residents recover from a disaster.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster 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 can be sent to your local Salvation Army in Florida. Please designate “2014 Disaster Relief” on all checks.
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.
In the short-term aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals and families.
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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.