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The Salvation Army DFW: Hurricane Michael Response Update

Serving those impacted by the disaster
10/12/2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Solomon Moriba
Public Relations Manager
214-637-8290 – Direct
214-799-2622 – Cell

The Salvation Army DFW: Hurricane Michael Disaster Response Update

Dallas, Texas (October 12, 2018) Hurricane Michael slammed the Gulf Coast on Wednesday as a devastating Category 4 hurricane, leaving areas of Florida unrecognizable from the peaceful beach towns they were just a few days ago. The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by the disaster.

Panama City:

  • 13 mobile feeding units (canteens) are headed from Pensacola to Panama City today (Friday). 12 mobile feeding crews are staging in Tallahassee and are prepared to move toward Panama City as conditions allow. An additional 10 units with relief teams are traveling in from Texas.
  • In partnership with The Salvation Army, Operation BBQ Relief is setting up in Panama City Beach. Once they are operational, canteens will disperse to mobile feeding sites. Salvation Army teams are assessing needs in Bay County and surrounding areas to determine the locations for the feeding sites.
  • Teams are heading to Port St. Joe and Apalachicola to assess damage and needs. It may be another day before teams are able to safely get into Mexico Beach to begin service.
  • The Salvation Army is deploying a Personnel Support Unit (bunkhouse) as well as a shower trailer to support staff and volunteers that are beginning service delivery.
  • Relief teams are moving as quickly as conditions allow to begin service as soon as possible.
  • The Salvation Army is working with corporate partners to establish a communications center in Panama City.

Tallahassee:

  • 11 mobile feeding units are moving into impacted areas today throughout Leon County, Wakulla County, and Gadsden County.
  • The Salvation Army is working with Operation BBQ Relief to secure a site to set up cooking operations. Teams are working with Emergency Operations Center staff to secure a site that can handle to footprint and equipment needed for this operation.

Statewide response:

  • Communications have been the greatest challenge in getting local teams in place to begin service delivery. The Salvation Army is working with state and local emergency management to get food and water into impacted areas.
  • Salvation Army personnel, first responders and Emergency Managers are among those who have been personally impacted by the storm. Many have lost their homes or have experienced severe property damage. The Salvation Army is working to meet their needs as they continue to serve their communities around the clock.
  • The Salvation Army is coordinating personnel to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of hurricane survivors and first responders.

Additional information:

  • A 10-person Incident Management Team, 3 Rapid Response Units, 7 mobile kitchens and multiple officers, staff and volunteers are currently deployed from Texas.
  • 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.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Michael relief efforts:

  • 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.

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The Salvation Army DFW: Hurricane Michael Response Update
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