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Major Thomas Louden
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Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll visits Salvation Army disaster warehouse
Salvation Army preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac, supports first responders
Tampa, Fla. (August 26, 2012) - As Tropical Storm Isaac begins to travel into the Gulf of Mexico, The Salvation Army continues to monitor the storm, preparing to place canteens (mobile kitchens) on standby to affected areas.
Also on Sunday, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll toured The Salvation Army of Florida disaster warehouse in Tampa. The warehouse is The Salvation Army's disaster services epicenter, where mobile kitchens, equipment and supplies are dispatched to disaster areas.
Along with touring the warehouse, Carroll also toured The Salvation Army's field kitchen and served meals to volunteers.
While preparing for Isaac, The Salvation Army is also supporting first responders and the public with hydration in downtown Tampa and surrounding areas.
"The Salvation Army strives to maintain a state of readiness throughout the year," said Major Thomas Louden, incident commander. "We have disaster response teams from across Florida who is prepared to be deployed to any point of the state in response to Isaac."
The Salvation Army has a fleet of mobile and field kitchens, shower trailers and other equipment at the ready to help those impacted when the storm makes landfall.
"We are closely monitoring Isaac's development and are in constant communication with state and local authorities and partner agencies," Louden said.
On Saturday, The Salvation Army served more than 200 meals to shelter residents along the Florida Keys. Along with serving, The Salvation Army is also available for emotional and spiritual care for those needing prayer or a kind word.
With Isaac's path shifting, The Salvation Army in the Florida Panhandle continues to monitor the storm for landfall. The Salvation Army is also prepared to open its disaster warehouse in Panama City to help stage disaster relief supplies in the region.
With regions of Florida still recovering from Tropical Storm Debby flooding, The Salvation Army is prepared to help residents who may be affected by Isaac as well.
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 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.
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.