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The Salvation Army Continues Disaster Response

Salvation Army Provides Hot Meals to Disaster Survivors

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West Palm Beach, FL (30 August 2012) - Salvation Army personnel continue disaster response in Loxahatchee and the Acreage to further meet survivor needs following Tropical Storm Isaac flooding.  The disaster response center is stocked with hot meals, water and dry socks. 

On Tuesday, The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County had distributed 961 hot meals, 1,467 cold drinks and 1,038 snacks. 

Salvation Army disaster response units are currently positioned in the following areas:

-The Acreage Community Park, 6701 140th Avenue North serving lunch and dinner

-Intersection of Okeechobee Blvd & Seminole Road at in Loxahatchee serving lunch and dinner

Yesterday in the Acreage Community Park, The Salvation Army met Rose Zuniga.  Rose has been sleeping in her car for two days simply because she cannot get down her street to her home.  "When I left from work on Monday and headed home, I started down my street, but there was so much water it came over the engine and stalled it out," said Rose.  "I was afraid to get out of my car into the water that night because it was getting dark out," she continued.  Rose spent the night in her car surrounded by water for 12 hours until it finally started back up.  Rose had her car serviced after she got out of the water but had no place to go since she has only lived in Palm Beach County for six months. 

By coming by the disaster response center The Salvation Army was able to provide spiritual care to Rose and get her to a shelter at the South Florida Fair Grounds.  There, Rose was able to shower and have a safe place to spend the night so she could return to work today.

The best way to help survivors like Rose and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. 

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected throught the country by Isaac 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, 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33404.  Please designate Disaster Relief on all checks. 

~ $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day

~ $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

~ $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

~ $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

~ $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

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 our local Salvation Army Family Store.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.  Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and follow www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County: The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 89 years. Over 19,000 Palm Beach County residents 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 support those services in our local communities. For more information, go to www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org  & www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

VISIT OUR DISASTER SERVICES PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, NEWS AND UPDATES.

The Salvation Army Responds to Flooding After Tropical Storm Isaac

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County provides meals and hydration to flooded residents.

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West Palm Beach, FL (28 August 2012) - As residents of Palm Beach County begin final assessment of damages brought on by Tropical Storm Isaac, The Salvation Army is prepared with meals and water.

Prepared to serve 1,000 hot meals and cold bottled water, two mobile units are responding to the Wellington and Lake Worth communities.

City officials in Wellington have called in the National Guard to assist due to the massive flooding and potential for more heavy rains later today. A large sinkhole about 4 feet deep has opened in the Acreage causing separation in the roadway. In addition, Palm Beach County still has approximately 5,600 residents without power that hopefully can be restored by the days end.

Major Thomas McWilliams, Salvation Army Commander for Palm Beach County, says "The Salvation Army volunteers and staff are serving meals to those whom have been impacted by this natural disaster but most importantly are there for emotional and spiritual care for those needing prayer or a kind work."

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted communities if needed. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

"We encourage all residents to work cooperatively with city and county officials to report flooding and power outages or to request aide for their community," said Major McWilliams.

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, 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Please designate "2012 Hurricane Relief" on all checks.

* A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day

* A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

* A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

* A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

*A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

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.


For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and follow us at www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo.

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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 89 years. Over 19,000 Palm Beach County residents 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 support those services in our local communities. For more information, go to www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org & www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

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. Carroll praised The Salvation Army and its response to Isaac and other disasters that have impacted Florida.

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.

    The Salvation Army prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac

    Florida Keys Salvation Army preparing meals for residents

    Tampa, Fla. (August 25, 2012) - As The Salvation Army of Florida continues to prepare for what could be Hurricane Isaac, its Florida Keys unit is already busy serving at shelters from Key West to Key Largo.

    Five shelters along the Florida Keys opened this afternoon in Key Largo, Marathon, Sugar Loaf and Key West.

    Captain Max Perez, Salvation Army officer for the Florida Keys, said The Salvation Army volunteers and staff are cooking meals and prepared to feed hundreds. Shelters are Key Largo High School, Marathon Elementary School, Sugar Loaf Elementary School, Key West High School and the George Cato building in Key West.

    "We're serving rice, beans, sandwiches and a lot of love," Perez said. "We have four teams running up and down the Keys ready to help people."

    Even as Isaac skirted the Florida Keys early Saturday morning, Perez was praying for the community.

    "This morning it was thundering and lightning and not stopping," he said. "The storm was crazy. We were praying for our teams and residents."

    With Isaac's projected path to the Florida Panhandle, Salvation Army crews from Pensacola to Panama City are monitoring 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.

    Along with serving, The Salvation Army is also available for emotional and spiritual care for those needing prayer or a kind word.

    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.

    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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