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The Salvation Army readies for Tropical Storm Isaac

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Released 24 August 2012

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Dulcinea Cuellar
Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.com

Kevin Smith
Emergency Disaster Services Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
Kevin_Smith@uss.salvationarmy.org


The Salvation Army readies for Tropical Storm Isaac

Lutz, Fla. (August 24, 2012) - On the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, The Salvation Army of Florida keeps a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Isaac as it churns in the Caribbean.

Captain Maximo Perez, head of The Salvation Army in the Florida Keys is working with emergency management personnel in preparation for the storm and will assist with shelter operations if called.

In the Panhandle, The Salvation Army crews from Pensacola to Panama City are monitoring the storm for possible landfall. The Salvation Army is also prepared to open its disaster warehouse in Panama City to help stage in the region. Salvation Army emergency disaster services personnel throughout Florida are ready to assist if called.

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.


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