Released 26 June 2012
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Lutz, Fla. (June 26, 2012)
– Today The Salvation Army deployed seven canteens (mobile
kitchens) to communities flooded by Tropical Storm Debby.
Disaster teams from
Clay, Marion, Alachua, Citrus counties as well as Jacksonville, Tallahassee and
North Central Florida Outpost (Madison county) are being assembled and will
begin helping residents as soon as they arrive to the destination.
include Suwannee, Franklin, Wakaulla and Nassau counties. The Salvation Army is
on standby in Hillsborough county to help support a community along the Manatee
“From Naples to
Panama City, Debby is definitely making its mark on Florida,” said Kevin
Smith, Emergency Disaster Services director for The Salvation Army of Florida.
“It’s amazing what this storm has done.”
The Salvation Army
plans to distribute hot meals, clean up kits and water.
Smith said The
Salvation Army is committed to helping communities affected by the storm even
after the flood waters recede.
thankful that the storm hasn’t intensified, but we are concerned for the
impact of the rising water and increase tides and how that will affect those
along the rivers across Florida,” Smith said.
In the short-term,
The Salvation Army will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster
survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted
individuals and families.
For more information
about how The Salvation Army is responding to Tropical Storm Debby and other
disasters, please log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also
follow @salarmyeds, @salarmyfla, @salarmyflaeds or search “Salvation Army
Florida Division” on Facebook to access the latest information.
The Salvation Army
asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit
www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed
to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation can feed a
family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one
household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning
For more information on Salvation Army disaster relief
efforts, visit www.Disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
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