Panama City, FL (October 14, 2018) – The Salvation Army is ramping up meal service to areas across the Florida Panhandle ravaged by Hurricane Michael. In addition to property damage, survivors and responders are faced with widespread power outages.
As of October 14, more than 191,000 people were still without power in Florida, with four counties reporting 92-98% of residents impacted by the outage. The Salvation Army has 42 mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) serving across the area to provide meals and supplies as people wait for utilities to be restored so rebuilding can begin.
Amazingly, Ashley Johnson and her four young children were in good spirits as they waited in line for a hot meal from The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding kitchen (canteen) in the late morning heat. The family managed to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael as it approached the Panama City area as a strong Category 4 storm.
“We thought about riding it out, but we knew it was time to go when it nearly became a Cat 5 hurricane,” says Ashley. Returning home, they found what most in the area did: trees were blown down, damage to their house, and no electricity to speak of.
Keeping her kids entertained over those initial days wasn’t easy she says, but they were still standing, alive and incredibly thankful that The Salvation Army was there to provide food for her family. “You don’t know how much you appreciate a hot meal and something to eat when everything is so scarce and you have to feed your family,” says Johnson. “It’s amazing to have The Salvation Army helping, it really is.”
As of October 13, The Salvation Army has provided the following to people impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida:
- Meals – 24,649
- Drinks – 25,024
- Snacks – 20,113
- Emotional and Spiritual Care – 545 people
- Water (cases) – 1,756
- Service hours – 6,197
How to Help:
The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.
- Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
- Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
- Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
- Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
- The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
- In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
- After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.
- The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.
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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.