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NEEDS CONTINUE TO ARISE AS FLOOD WATERS FROM TROPICAL STORM FAY RECEDE

August 27, 2008

The Salvation Army continues to help survivors affected by the rising waters as other parts of the state prepare for Hurricane Gustav.

Melbourne, FL: After the flood waters recede, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents affected by Tropical Storm Fay.

The flooding has caused residents to become displaced; many have lost everything, including hope.

The Salvation Army continues to be at neighborhoods where there is the most need.

For residents needing additional social services help, The Salvation Army has begun case management. Residents affected by the floods can apply for assistance at The Salvation Army, 1080 S. Hickory Street, Melbourne. They can also call: (321) 724-0494.

A roving Salvation Army corps officer (pastor) is traveling to the different disaster sites this week. Capt. Pierre Smith (Winter Haven) is talking and praying with residents affected by the floods. He can be reached at (863) 559-1080.

On Tuesday (August 27), The Salvation Army served more than 2,100 meals. Also on Tuesday, a shipment of 24 pallets of food, two pallets of vitamin water and two pallets regular water were shipped to the Melbourne Salvation Army from Midwest Food Bank of Bloomington Illinois.

Canteens continue to serve at the following locations:

  • Grant Street Community Center, 2547 Grant Street, Melbourne
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • North of Saturn Elementary School on the west side Range Road, Cocoa Beach
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Lamplighter Village, 500 Lantern Blvd., Melbourne
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Roving canteen, near Central Middle School and Eau Gallie Estates
  • Colony Mobile Home Park, 6786 Mangrove Dr., Merritt Island
  • The Salvation Army – Melbourne, 1080 Hickory St., Melbourne
    (clean-up kits only)
Salvation Army canteens from Naples, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, Melbourne, Tampa, Venice and Bradenton have come to help serve evacuees, residents and first-responders on the Atlantic coast.

Salvation Army disaster teams continue to serve in other parts of the state, as well. Canteens were dispatched from Panama City and Pensacola to Tallahassee to help with the flooding in the Leon county area.

Fort Myers Area

Also flooding continues to be a problem in Bonita Springs, where The Salvation Army of Fort Myers is collecting new shoes, clothing, diapers and soft blankets for children who were flooded out of their homes.

“Our hearts goes out to these victims,” says Major Art Penhale, corps officer for The Salvation Army of Lee and Hendry counties. “We are asking for support from the community to assist these families in their time of need.”

Tampa

The Salvation Army continues to send resources from its disaster warehouse in Tampa. The warehouse, located at 930 E. 139th Avenue (off Nebraska), continues to be a hotbed of activity. A shipment of USDA commodities is expected to come in Wednesday (August 27). Also the disaster field kitchen is being loaded and continues to be on stand-by for Hurricane Gustav.

In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will 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 supplies.

 

 

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THE SALVATION ARMY BRINGS IN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP SURVIVORS AFFECTED BY FLOODING ON FLORIDA’S EAST COAST

August 26, 2008

Canteen locations shift as needs arise.

Melbourne, FL: The Salvation Army has brought in additional resources to help survivors affected by flooding.

Two additional canteens from St. Petersburg have arrived and will be stationed north of Saturn Elementary School, off Range Road in Cocoa.

Also, Capt. Pierre Smith, corps officer in Winter Haven, has traveled to Brevard county to offer spiritual and emotional care for residents who have been affected by the devastation. He will travel to the various canteen locations to pray and offer The Salvation Army’s help.

The Salvation Army has also started case management. Residents affected by the floods can apply for assistance at The Salvation Army, 1080 S. Hickory Street, Melbourne. They can also call: (321) 724-0494.

On Monday (August 25), The Salvation Army served more than 2,350 meals, 2,900 drinks in South Brevard County. More than 900 clean-ups kits were distributed.

Salvation Army canteens were sent to Barefoot Bay, Lamplighter, Palm Bay and Melbourne communities, the most affected areas of Brevard County.

Capt. Tom Louden, incident commander for the east-central Florida operation, estimates The Salvation Army will serve more than 2,000 meals in the following locations:

  • Grant Street Community Center, 2547 Grant Street, Melbourne
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Barefoot Bay Shopping Center, 925 Barefoot Bay Blvd, Sabastian
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • North of Saturn Elementary School on the west side Range Road, Cocoa Beach
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Lamplighter Village, 500 Lantern Blvd., Melbourne
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Roving canteen, near Central Middle School and Eau Gallie Estates
  • Colony Mobile Home Park, 6786 Mangrove Dr., Merritt Island
  • The Salvation Army – Melbourne, 1080 Hickory St., Melbourne
    (clean-up kits only)
Salvation Army canteens from Naples, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, Melbourne, Tampa, Venice and Bradenton have come to help serve evacuees, residents and first-responders on the Atlantic coast.

The Salvation Army disaster team is dispatching canteen crews from Panama City and Pensacola to Tallahassee to help with the flooding in the Leon county area.

Salvation Army canteens in other parts of Florida continue to be on standby.

In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will 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 supplies.

 

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THE SALVATION ARMY CHEFS AND WEEKEND GRILLERS HELP PREPARE MEALS TO DISASTER VICIMS ON FLORIDA'S EAST COAST

August 25, 2008

Chef Stef and Chef Chris work to prepare meals for flood survivors.

Melbourne, FL: The Salvation Army of Melbourne is letting a secret out of the bag: Chef Chris.

Chef Chris Pelser is preparing some of the meals for disaster canteen operations. Chef Chris, as he’s affectionately called, usually prepares meals at The Salvation Army’s women and children’s shelter on Hickory Street. During disasters - like the flooding in Brevard county - he prepares meals for roving canteens. Today’s menu includes chicken ‘n dumplings, green beans, baked beans and hot dogs.

“My background is being a banquet chef in West Palm Beach working for Michelin chefs,” he said. “I saw there was a need here at The Salvation Army and I wanted to help.” Pelser graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in San Diego and followed his chef career path to the Navy and eventually to Florida.

“This is really more than just a job,” he said. “It’s rewarding.”

Stephanie Whigham is a weekend griller. She works for The Salvation Army in Fort Lauderdale, but during disasters, she’s a culinary whiz – steaming meatloaf and grilling spicy vegetables on a 30-foot mobile kitchen.

“I enjoy cooking on the canteen,” said Chef Stef. “But it’s not like a regular kitchen – it’s a lot smaller.”

On Sunday (August 24), The Salvation Army served more than 1,750 meals, 2,600 drinks in South Brevard county. More than 1,600 clean-ups kits were distributed.

Salvation Army canteens were sent to Barefoot Bay, Lamplighter, Palm Bay and Melbourne communities, the most affected areas of Brevard County.

Capt. Tom Louden, incident commander for the east-central Florida operation, estimates The Salvation Army will serve more than 2,000 meals in the following locations:

  • Martin Luther King Library, 955 E. University Blvd., Melbourne
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Barefoot Bay Shopping Center, 925 Barefoot Bay Blvd, Barefoot Bay Intersection of Strafford/Range Road Cocoa Beach
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamison Rd., Viera
  • Home Depot Palm Bay, 1140 Malabar, Palm Bay
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Lamplighter Village, 500 Lantern Blvd., Melbourne
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Roving canteen, near Central Middle School and Eau Gallie Estates
  • The Salvation Army – Melbourne, 1080 Hickory St., Melbourne
    *(clean-up kits only)*
Salvation Army canteens from Naples, Lakeland, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, Melbourne, Tampa, Venice and Bradenton have come to help serve evacuees, residents and first-responders on the Atlantic coast.

The Salvation Army disaster team is dispatching canteen crews to Tallahassee to help with the flooding in the Leon county area.

Salvation Army disaster operations in northeast Florida has concluded Sunday.

Salvation Army canteens in other parts of Florida continue to be on standby.

In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will 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 supplies.

 

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES TO RESPOND
TO FLOODING ON THE EAST FLORIDA COAST

August 23, 2008

Melbourne, FL: Melbourne, Fla. (August 24, 2008) – Salvation Army canteen workers are on the front lines of the Tropical Storm Fay flooding disaster.

With a firm handshake or a friendly smile, volunteers and employees are often asked to pray with residents, along with handing out a warm meal and clean-up kits.

Johnny Horton, a Salvation Army employee from Tampa, says serving meals off the mobile canteen is a rewarding and fun experience.

“We were at a special needs shelter serving meals and the seniors were very excited to see us,” Horton said. “One even wanted to use our canteen for a tailgate party.”

Horton also said it’s been a blessing and a privilege to serve residents.

Other canteen volunteers share similar stories – residents approaching a canteen who just want cold water but leave with a feeling of warmth.

“We are an answer to the needs of this community,” said Capt. Tom Louden, incident commander. “People are walking up to the canteen with a look of ‘what do I do next.’ The canteen becomes an oasis of hope and an answer to their prayers.”

On Saturday (August 23), The Salvation Army served more than 1,700 meals, 3,000 drinks in South Brevard County. More than 1,700 clean-ups and 144 cases of water were distributed.

Salvation Army canteens were sent to Barefoot Bay, Lamplighter, Palm Bay and Melbourne communities, the most affected areas of Brevard County.

More than 300 meals were also served in Titusville. One hundred clean-up kits were also sent to the St. Lucie County Salvation Army.

Capt. Tom Louden, incident commander for the east-central Florida operation, estimates The Salvation Army will serve more than 2,000 meals in the following locations:

  • Martin Luther King Library, 955 E. University Blvd., Melbourne
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Barefoot Bay Shopping Center, 925 Barefoot Bay Blvd, Barefoot Bay Intersection of Strafford/Range Road Cocoa Beach
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamison Rd., Viera
  • Home Depot Palm Bay, 1140 Malabar, Palm Bay
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Lamplighter Village, 500 Lantern Blvd., Melbourne
    *(also distributing clean-up kits)*
  • Roving canteen, near Central Middle School and Eau Gallie Estates
  • The Salvation Army – Melbourne, 1080 Hickory St., Melbourne
    *(clean-up kits only)*
Salvation Army canteens from Naples, Lakeland, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, Melbourne, Tampa and Bradenton have come to help serve evacuees, residents and first-responders on the Atlantic coast.

In Northeast Florida, canteens were stationed in Nassau, Clay and Duval Counties immediately after the storm. On Saturday, the Jacksonville Salvation Army Area Command served 160 meals to disaster victims.

For information on the recovery effort in Jacksonville please call Paul Stasi, social services director at the Northeast Florida Salvation Army Area Command, 904-545-3460 or Jill Black, public relations coordinator at the Northeast Florida Salvation Army Area Command, (904) 545-1167.

Salvation Army canteens in other parts of Florida continue to be on standby.

In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will 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 supplies.

 

Media Contact:

Dulcinea Cuellar
Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
(813) 376-0836
Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.com

Capt. Tom Louden
Incident Commander – Brevard County operations
The Salvation Army
(954) 214-3007
Tom_Louden@uss.salvationarmy.org

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES TO RESPOND
TO FLOODING ON THE EAST FLORIDA COAST

August 23, 2008

Melbourne, FL: As the flood waters recede on Florida’s East Coast, The Salvation Army continues to help residents by serving meals, distributing clean-up kits and being a warm face as their struggle continues.

On Friday (August 22), The Salvation Army served 368 meals and 612 drinks in South Brevard county. More than 1,300 clean-ups and 609 cases of water were distributed.

Salvation Army canteens were sent to Barefoot Bay, Lamplighter, Palm Bay and Melbourne communities, the most affected areas of Brevard county.

More than 300 meals were also served in Titusville. One hundred clean-up kits are in transit to the St. Lucie County Salvation Army.

Capt. Tom Louden, incident commander for the east-central Florida operation, estimates The Salvation Army will serve more than 1,000 meals in the following locations:

 

  • Martin Luther King Library, 955 E. University Blvd., Melbourne
  • Central Middle School, 2600 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne
  • Barefoot Bay Community Center, 625 Barefoot Bay Blvd, Barefoot Bay
  • Saturn Elementary School, 880 N. Range Rd, Cocoa Beach
  • American Red Cross Special Needs Shelter, 2300 Judge Fran Jamison Rd., Viera
  • Home Depot Palm Bay, 1140 Malabar, Palm Bay
  • The Salvation Army – Melbourne, 1080 Hickory St., Melbourne (clean-up kits only)
  • Lamplighter Villiage, 500 Latern Blvd., Melbourne
Louden also said he estimates that more than 2,000 clean-up kits will be distributed Saturday (August 23).

Salvation Army canteens from as far away as Naples and Tampa have come to help serve evacuees, residents and first-responders on the Atlantic coast.

“This is an interesting disaster that I don’t think Florida sees a lot,” Louden said. “We see more of the hurricanes and tornadoes.”

Floods can be emotional, he said.

“As the waters recede, we begin to see the need for our services rise. We expect to find more people in need of our help and services,” he said. “And that’s why we’re here.”

In Northeast Florida, canteens were stationed in Nassau, Clay and Duval Counties.

For information on the recovery effort in Jacksonville please call Paul Stasi, social services director at the Northeast Florida Salvation Army Area Command, 904-545-3460 or Jill Black, public relations coordinator at the Northeast Florida Salvation Army Area Command, (904) 545-1167.

Salvation Army canteens in other parts of Florida continue to be on standby.

In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will 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 supplies.

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THE SALVATION ARMY READIES TO FEED VICTIMS AND
FIRST RESPONDERS OF TROPICAL STORM FAY

August 22, 2008

Atlanta, GA: As Tropical Storm Fay continues to track across the southeast, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi have placed Mobile Feeding Units on preparedness alert to deliver crucial support to storm and flooding victims, emergency aid workers, and volunteers in affected areas for as long as they are on the scene.

The Salvation Army works closely with federal, state and local emergency management agencies to provide food and other essential supplies during tropical storm response and relief efforts. The Salvation Army will dispatch the vehicles to areas identified by state and local disaster management officials, including clean-up sites, emergency shelters and flooded regions.

In preparation for Fay, Salvation Army units in Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama, were activated to coordinate and stock mobile canteens and to prepare a variety of other aid to victims and emergency relief personnel. Clean-up kits, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies are also being stocked in the event of damage to homes and businesses in Tropical Storm Fay’s path. Other potential services include sheltering, emotional and spiritual care, and long-term disaster social services.

Because of the unpredictability of this storm, The Salvation Army has additional mobile feeding vehicles available, if necessary.

In Florida, where the storm has drenched the east coast, Panhandle disaster team members are preparing with full canteens, ready to send more resources to affected areas.

In the Georgia, the Savannah Emergency Operations Center is operational with The Salvation Army ready to provide food service. Canteens throughout the Georgia division are also on alert.

In Alabama, Disaster Response teams from Mobile and Dothan are prepared to respond to the needs of storm victims if needed. In Mississippi, disaster teams are on alert for possible deployment to affected areas.

For information on ways to assist The Salvation Army in meeting the needs of the victims of Fay, visit our website www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Media Contact:

Florida – Dulcinea Cuellar, Divisional Director of Public Relations
The Salvation Army
813.376.0836

Georgia – Valerie Phillips, Development Associate
The Salvation Army
678.418.4671

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi – Mark Jones, Divisional Public Relations Director
601.214.1545

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THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDS TO
FLOODING ON THE EAST COAST

August 22, 2008

Melbourne, FL: The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of residents affected by Tropical Storm Fay.

The Salvation Army is stationing four emergency disaster canteens (or mobile kitchens) in Brevard County.

On Friday (August 22), Salvation Army mobile kitchens will be in the Lamplighter and Barefoot Bay communities of Brevard County. Another canteen will be stationed in Cocoa Beach, Saturn Elementary School, 880 W. Range Road. The Salvation Army will serve hot meals, drinks and distribute clean-up kits.

A Salvation Army canteen from Lakeland is being redirected from Jacksonville to help with the response in Brevard County.

In Northeast Florida, canteens are stationed in Nassau, Clay and Duval Counties.

For information on the recovery effort in Jacksonville please call Paul Stasi, social services director at the Northeast Florida Salvation Army Area Command, 904-545-3460 or Jill Black, public relations coordinator at the Northeast Florida Salvation Army Area Command, (904) 545-1167.

Salvation Army canteens in other parts of Florida continue to be on standby.

“This is the worse flooding we’ve seen in a long time,” said Capt. Tom Louden, incident commander for the Brevard County operation. “The Salvation Army will continue to respond to the community until the needs are met.”

Louden also said that needs are arising as the floodwaters recede.

“Floods in some way are the worst,” he said, “if it’s a wind event, you can almost immediately begin the cleanup process. A flood can be very difficult to recover. It can be overwhelming for the people affected.”

In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will 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 supplies.

Media Contact:

Dulcinea Cuellar
Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
(813) 376-0836
Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.com

Capt. Tom Louden
Incident Commander – Brevard County operations
The Salvation Army
(954) 214-3007
Tom_Louden@uss.salvationarmy.org

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THE SALVATION ARMY VALDOSTA CORPS
PREPARES FOR TROPICAL STORM FAY

August 22, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA: Tropical Storm Fay is on the minds of many in southern Georgia and is being monitored closely by The Salvation Army Valdosta Corps for potential impact to its community. Due to the severe weather concern, Commanding officer, Captain Warren Jones has cancelled youth activities for August 21.

Should Tropical Storm Fay make landfall and produce severe rains and winds in the Valdosta area, the gymnasium will serve as a shelter for those who need temporary housing. Captain Jones is in communication with the Emergency Management Director for Lowndes County offering the services of The Salvation Army if any need arises.

“If Fay does impact us,” said Captain Jones, “we will need cots, bedding, and volunteers and asks that the community be in prayerful consideration about helping the community if called upon.”

Media Contact:

The Salvation Army
Captain Warren Jones
Valdosta, Georgia
229-242-6440
Warren_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org

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SALVATION ARMY CANTEEN TO DEPLOY TO CLAY COUNTY
TO SERVE AFTER THE STORM

August 22, 2008

Lakeland, FL: The Salvation Army of Lakeland is preparing to send its mobile feeding unit to Clay County to help serve those who will be affected by Tropical Storm Fay as it passes through that area.

Capt. Edward Lee of the Lakeland Salvation Army said that the unit is "fully stocked with supplies to serve meals to all of those in need."

The Lakeland team, consisting of 2 volunteers and 1 Salvation Army employee, will be in Clay County near Jacksonville for 8 days.

"We were prepared for the worst here, but now we can use our resources to help someone else," Lee said.

The Lakeland Mobile Feeding Unit is fully equipped with a stove, refrigerator, and water source. The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations only at this time. Checks can be made to "The Salvation Army" and designated in the memo to Tropical Storm Fay relief.

Media Contact for Lakeland:

Captain Ed Lee, Corps Officer
The Salvation Army Lakeland
863-559-3473

Dulcinea Cuellar, Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
813-376-0836

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA
PREPARES TO RESPOND TO TROPICAL STORM FAY

August 21, 2008

Jacksonville, FL: As fickle Fay continues to creep up the coast of Florida, The Salvation Army is preparing for the worse.

The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida will receive resources from other parts of the state. Six mobile kitchen units, commonly known as “canteens” will arrive on the First Coast by Friday morning. The canteens will be staged across four counties in Northeast Florida, ready to serve food and water to residents and emergency personnel in need.

The mobile kitchens will be stationed in Duval, Johns, Nassau and Clay Counties. The canteens are coming from Naples, Tampa, Lakeland, Ocala, Venice and Winter Haven.

In Jacksonville, 10 shelters have opened, and are already housing over 100 people. At 7 p.m. tonight, The Salvation Army will open the Corps Community Center located at 15 E. Church Street in downtown Jacksonville. This shelter has a 125 bed capacity for homeless men. In addition, The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Lodge, located at 900 W. Adams Street, will open an “overflow” shelter for 50 men, women, and children.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing mops, brooms, and various cleaning supplies.

For More Information Contact:

Paul Stasi, Social Services Director
The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida
904-545-3460

Jill Black, Public Relations Coordinator
The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida
904-545-1167

 

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THE SALVATION ARMY PREPARES TO
RESPOND TO TROPICAL STORM FAY

August 19, 2008

Resources and manpower throughout Florida Mobilized
in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Fay

Lutz, FL: Salvation Army personnel throughout Florida are mobilizing to respond to Tropical Storm Fay, which forecasters are predicting could hit western Florida.

The Salvation Army has stationed 30 canteens (or mobile kitchens) in the southern, western and central parts of Florida that can be mobilized when the storm passes, if needed. The Salvation Army has also made contact with staff outside the state and additional resources are on standby, if needed.
One of the largest mobile kitchens is located in Fort Myers. The canteen is equipped to feed up to 2,500 meals in a day. A secondary, smaller, canteen can also been used in Hendry and Lee Counties.

In Naples, Salvation Army personnel are also preparing its canteen - loading food and gathering personnel.

In Port Charlotte - where Hurricane Charley hit just four years ago - The Salvation Army is halting construction on its new chapel and administration center. Construction on that project should be completed in two months, said Major Caleb Prieto, corps officer in Port Charlotte.

"We've secured all the buildings and the canteen is stocked for three days," he said. "I think people have learned a lesson and everyone is preparing for the storm."
Major Ken Morris, divisional secretary for The Salvation Army's Florida division who oversees disaster operations for the organization, said residents have learned lessons from previous Florida storms.

"People are remembering previous storms that have come through Florida and it brings back bad memories," he said. "But it also reminds us of the seriousness of it all - that we need to take precautions."

Along with setting up mobile kitchens in affected communities, The Salvation Army is also prepared to mobilize two field kitchens, which can feed up to 20,000 meals a day. The Salvation Army can also set up comfort stations equipped with ice, restrooms and water.

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate needs. A $100 donation will 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 supplies.

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THE SALVATION ARMY READIES FOR
TROPICAL STORM FAY

August 16, 2008

Tampa, FL: The Salvation Army of Florida readies for Tropical Storm Fay as it churns over Cuba.

The Salvation Army has canteens (mobile kitchens) stationed at Key West and is ready to mobilize other canteens if the storm makes landfall.

"Right now the storm is moving faster than anyone first thought," said Major Kenneth Morris, Divisional Secretary for the Florida Division who oversees disaster operations for The Salvation Army in Florida. "We are on standby and ready to respond as needed."

Tropical Storm Fay is the sixth named storm of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.

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The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in a hurricane's path to prepare an Emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. 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.

We have partnered with The National Hurricane Survival Initiative to provide detailed resources for ways you can prepare for Gustav. Are you ready? Read the checklists and find out.

Hurricane Relief Donations

  • Online
  • By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Corporate: Judith Rowland; judith_rowland@uss.salvationarmy.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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