TALLAHASSEE, FL (October 26, 2018) – After Hurricane Michael made landfall just two weeks ago, The Salvation Army rapidly deployed trained disaster relief personnel to serve affected families and first responders throughout Tallahassee, Panama City, Mexico Beach, and Georgia.
The category 4 storm destroyed multiple homes and businesses, tore down countless trees, and claimed innocent lives. Much of the infrastructure of power lines were also compromised beyond repair and must be rebuilt.
As affected families attempt to recover from Hurricane Michael, The Salvation Army has been providing services to meet the immediate needs of survivors and first responders. As of October 25, The Salvation Army’s disaster relief team of Tallahassee has provided the following services throughout Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Calhoun, and Jackson counties:
- 72,653 meals
- 52,232 drinks
- 6,443 snacks
- Emotional & spiritual care for 6,443 individuals
- 573 Comfort Kits
- 134 Cleanup Kits
- 960 Food Boxes
- 300 Baby Supplies
- 91 Cases of Water
- 20 Blankets
The Salvation Army will also provide long term services for these families, especially those who may need additional support this holiday season.
“The holidays are already a tough time for families. The families that were affected by this disaster, especially those that were already faced with food inadequacies and other insecurities, will take a lot longer to recover,” said Jessica Geib, Emergency Disaster Services State Liaison for The Salvation Army Florida Division.
Before the impact, during the chaos, and after the dust settles, The Salvation Army is committed to providing critical, social, and spiritual services for anyone in need.
To help support the disaster relief work of The Salvation Army, donations can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “2018 Hurricane Season – Michael”) mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.
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.