Hurricane Irma – Florida Disaster Response Daily Update

Tampa, Florida (October 1, 2017) – The Salvation Army Florida Division continues to serve and support all Salvation Army units in Florida actively involved in the statewide relief effort.

The Salvation Army of Florida has 10 canteens (mobile feeding units) and 2 field kitchens that are serving in two locations in the state of Florida. Other support vehicles including refrigerated vehicles.

FT. MYERS

The Disaster Response Unit (smaller canteen) and crew are at their local warehouse doing inventory while our 2 canteens are handing out around 1,100 snack packs, hydration and supplies in LaBelle and Bonita Springs.   Monday, the crew will start serving hot meals again from the Mobile Feeding Units.  Over 10,500 prepared meals were given out today.  To date, over 148,000 meals have been served in the Fort Myers area.

Majors Tim and Cheryl Gilliam, Area Commanders, are working to meet the recovery efforts of the community and continues to assist those effected through the five service centers.

NAPLES

We have 3 sites handing out 1300-1500 meals today. The Salvation Army in Collier County has seven mobile feeding kitchens from Orlando, West Volusia, Pascagoula, and Panama City as well as a field kitchen from Florida, are still providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care service to individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma.  As of September 30th, over 315,000 hot meals, drinks and snack have been served to the community   The planning team continues to re-visit devastated sites, while the Emotional and Spiritual team continues to provide comfort throughout the community.

A cargo trailer located at the Naples Salvation Army is still supplying food boxes, hydration, snacks, clean up supplies and hygiene kits from to the seven mobile feeding units (canteens).

Major Dan Proctor, The Salvation Army Naples Area Coordinator will be working with local officials and organizations to assess the needs of the community in order to meet of recovery efforts.

As of Thursday morning, Saturday, September 30, The Salvation Army Florida Division has prepared and distributed 1,014,717 meals, snacks and drinks; made 24,865 emotional and spiritual care contacts with the support of 61,131 service hours from officers, employees, and volunteers.  124,783 baby supply kits given out, 13,327 cleaning and hygiene kits distributed.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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