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Leesburg Florida Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

Leesburg Florida Salvation Army Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

Leesburg Florida Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

Leesburg Florida Salvation Army Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

At approximately 11:30pm on Monday, July 29, a massive explosion occurred at the Blue Rhino Propane Plant in Tavares, Florida about 20 minutes northeast of Leesburg Florida. Twenty-four employees were working at the plant when the blast occurred. Eight individuals were injured during the blast and transported to local hospitals in the area for treatment.

The Salvation Army, Leesburg Corps, responded to the scene that evening with an Emergency Disaster Services truck loaded with drinks, snacks and whatever else they could think to bring stated Lt. Matt Hedgren, recently appointed corps officer for Leesburg, Florida.

“I heard what appeared to sound like thunder or even music from my living room last night, but knew it was something bad when I stepped into the street and saw the orange glow”. Lt Hedgren said he jumped in his car and drove to a nearby lake and said he could see the fire from there, which was about twenty minutes away.

As a result of the explosion, 150 people were evacuated to a local emergency shelter at the First United Methodist Church in Tavares. Lt. Hedgren met with families of the plant workers and provided Emotional and Spiritual Care. In coordination with the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Leesburg Corps served 300 drinks and snacks.

The Salvation Army Leesburg Emergency Disaster Services team will continue to monitor the situation and provide services where necessary.

For the latest emergency disaster services news follow EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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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Massive Overnight Fire at Camp Keystone as Dining Hall Erupts in Flames

Massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone

The massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone (Florida Division) that destroyed the camp’s largest building—its dining hall—on Saturday did not prevent various summer camp programs from continuing.

The Florida Fire Marshal’s office, which is still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, says the three-alarm fire started in the laundry area of the building and caused an estimated $3 million in damage.

More than 300 campers and staff were sleeping when a Bradford County deputy discovered the fire about 2 a.m. Two-dozen fire crews from Bradford and Clay counties and the city of Starke assisted in fighting the massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone that destroyed the building.

Those campers in a cabin closest to the dining hall were evacuated. No one was injured in the fire. The dining hall, originally built in the mid 1970’s, has undergone renovations in the last few years, but is now a charred shell.

The annual Music Conservatory final concert went ahead as planned with a capacity audience from parents and friends around the division. One counsellor was reported to say to the media “They were singing & dancing in the tabernacle just like nothing ever happened.” On Saturday morning breakfast consisted of Pop Tarts and juice. The counsellor also stated “so the day is going on fine.” The Jacksonville Area Command canteen arrived and served through the weekend.

Later on Sunday, a 53 ft mobile feeding kitchen rolled into Camp from the Divisional Emergency Disaster Services base in Tampa. The kitchen, having seen service at hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, will now provide meals for campers and staff for the remainder of the camping season.

Please pray for Captains Platt the newly appointed Divisional Youth Secretaries; Tony & Pam Bellis, camp caretakers, staff and campers at Keystone.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Florida IMATeam Puts Skills to Test in Joint Exercise

Osceola County, Fl—The Salvation Army’s Incident Command (IC) was thrown a curve ball this afternoon when a canteen and two disaster service workers became a crucial part of the FBI’s terrorism exercise. When Douglas Corwin (Melbourne Corps) and Lance Rocks (Tampa Divisional Disaster Department) went on a routine Emergency Responder hydration run, they found it to be anything but “routine.”

In a coordinated joint exercise with the FBI and Florida National Guard, The Salvation Army’s Incident Management Assessment Team (IMAT) was put to the test to identify what went wrong and how a tragedy of this magnitude could be prevented in a “real-life” situation. As the smoke cleared and the phones began to ring inside the Mobile Command Unit, news came in that a canteen had been involved in an explosion critically injuring players involved.

Kevin Smith, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Florida Division of The Salvation Army stated, “Joint exercises like this allow us to respond more effectively in real life events caring for our team members while maintaining service to survivors.”

The Salvation Army National Disaster Training Program includes a curriculum of classroom training and functional exercises to create local response teams that help people in their time of need. Individuals can learn more about this exciting training program by logging on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Final days of Salvation Army Operation Rehabilitation in downtown Tampa

Tampa, FL (August 30, 2012)—Today (Thursday) is the final full day of Operation Rehabilitation, a collaborative effort with The Salvation Army, the City of Tampa and other agencies to hydrate first responders and the public in downtown Tampa.

Eleven Salvation Army units are strategically stationed at downtown fire hydrants for easy access to city water.

To date, more than 25,000 cups of water have been served to first responders and the public – a refuge for people who may not be accustomed to Tampa’s August heat and humidity.

Salvation Army Capt. Josue Prieto, from Brooksville, said serving during Operation Rehabilitation is rewarding.

“People come up to us, say thank you and ask us to pray for them,” he said. “I pray for their safety and our mission.”

For Marvin Lee, a Salvation Army volunteer from Vero Beach, Operation Rehabilitation has meant giving encouragement to those who need it.

Tony, a homeless man came to his hydration station near the Tampa Bay Times Forum Monday asking for water. Lee said he gave Tony his lunch, prayed with him and gave him water.

“That’s what we are here for: Giving people water and encouragement,” Lee said.

Lt. Jamie Ward, a Salvation Army officer from Bradenton, said the best part of her week-long service has been meeting people and making sure they are safe from the heat. On Monday she was able to give first aid to a police officer and on Wednesday (August 29) she was able to meet Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

Ward said Castor praised The Salvation Army’s work in Operation Rehabilitation.

“Working with partners like Chief Castor is such a joy,” said Major Tom Louden, incident commander. “The mission of The Salvation Army is one that most Americans appreciate and embrace and allows us to reach the deepest needs of our communities.”

Louden said The Salvation Army is grateful for the city’s partnership during Operation Rehabilitation.

“We look forward to any opportunity we may have to join together to help others,” he said.

Along with Operation Rehabilitation, The Salvation Army is also serving residents in the Palm Beach area after Isaac caused massive flooding.

Since flooding began in the area, The Salvation Army’s South Florida units have served almost 4,000 meals.

In Palm Beach County, The Salvation Army continues to provide daily meals, drinks, comfort kits and pastoral care in Acreage and Loxahatchee communities.
Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region.
Nationally, The Salvation Army is staging emergency response teams in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other states.

The Salvation Army has 24 mobile feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel stationed along the Gulf Coast in Hattiesburg and Gulfport Miss., and Baton Rouge, La.
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.

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 and can be sent to your local Salvation Army in Florida. Please designate “2012 Disaster Relief” on all checks.

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 or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

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.

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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.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

The Salvation Army Continues Disaster Response in Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach, FL (August 30, 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.

As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has distributed 961 hot meals, 1,833 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 in contact with Peter Speckman, an American Red Cross volunteer, who informed her that the shelter is still open 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 throughout the country by Isaac to visit www.disaster.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.

· 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 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 and www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Emergency Disaster Service Teams Meet Immediate Needs for West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, FL (29 August 2012)—Salvation Army personnel throughout Palm Beach County are responding to Tropical Storm Isaac which has left significant flooding in its passing. Currently, The Salvation Army has 1 mobile kitchen and a truck unit providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors. Thus far The Salvation Army has provided 411 hot meals and 312 cold drinks to first responders and residents impacted by the storm.

“The Salvation Army is humbled to serve as an instrument of hope to those impacted by this flooding,” said Palm Beach County Area Commander, Major Thomas McWilliams. “In the past five years, I do not recall a flooding situation of this magnitude and longevity.”

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

Salvation Army mobile feeding 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

“Today as I drove west I was not prepared to see the amount of water covering the streets, roadways no vehicle should pass through with clients walking in water nearly up to their waist. This is day two with little recidivism and addition rainfall did not help,” stated Tara Holcomb, Public Information Officer for The Salvation Army.

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.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm 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 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 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 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

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Operation Rehabilitation: More than just handing out cups of water in downtown Tampa

Tampa, FL (August 29, 2012)–As volunteers and staff trickle in from a 10-hour shift of hydrating first responders and the public in downtown Tampa, they are relaying stories of how The Salvation Army is doing more than just passing out cups of water.

“People are not used to this heat and humidity,” said Doug Corwin, a staff member from Melbourne, Fla., serving with 11 other Salvation Army of Florida units in downtown Tampa. “They don’t know to drink a lot of water. We are helping to keep them healthy.”

Corwin, 49, has served on several Salvation Army disaster response teams including Hurricane Ike in Texas and Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

“While serving during Katrina, people were passing out because of the heat,” he said. “We know how hot it can get in August and what a cold cup of water can do and how it can help on hot, humid day.”

The Salvation Army will be in downtown until Thursday, serving water and offering encouraging words to people who come to the canteens (mobile kitchens).

Since Saturday, The Salvation Army has provided 17,781 cold drinks, 3,056 snacks and 8,218 cases of bottled water to first responders and the public.

Operation Rehabilitation is a multi-agency, collaborative effort to keep the public hydrated. Salvation Army canteens are strategically stationed at downtown fire hydrants for easy access to city water.

“Our role to support the City of Tampa in ensuring the public health and safety by providing hydration resources fits within our Emergency Disaster Services mission,” said Kevin Smith, Salvation Army’s emergency services director. “We are fortunate to have many partners that care about the significant heat during this event and we all want to ensure their safety.”

Kerry Dennis, a volunteer from The Salvation Army in Sarasota, said he and his team have passed out hundreds of cups of water at his canteen, located at Kennedy Boulevard and Tampa Street near Lykes Gaslight Park.

“The crowds are being friendly,” he said. “They are just glad we are here with cups of water.”

Along with Operation Rehabilitation, The Salvation Army is also serving residents in the Palm Beach area after Isaac caused massive flooding.

Since flooding began in the area, The Salvation Army has served more than 400 meals in Palm Beach county.

“The Salvation Army is humbled to serve as an instrument of hope to those impacted by this flooding,” said Palm Beach County Area Commander, Major Thomas McWilliams. “In the past five years, I do not recall a flooding situation of this magnitude and longevity.”

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region.

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.

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 and can be sent to your local Salvation Army in Florida. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

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 or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

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.

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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.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army continues to help those affected by Tropical Storm Debby

Tampa, FL (July 6)—The Salvation Army continues to respond almost two weeks after Tropical Storm Debby dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some parts of Florida. The Salvation Army of Florida has its canteens (mobile kitchens) serving residents in Wakulla, Suwannee, Franklin, Columbia and Pasco counties.

Since being dispatched on June 26, The Salvation Army has served more than 27,000 meals and snacks, 1,900 food boxes, 2,000 clean-up kits and more than 1,600 family hygiene kits in Florida.

Capt. Julio Da Silva, Salvation Army corps officer in Tallahassee, continues to serve residents in Panacea and Sopchoppy in rural Wakulla county.

“The needs are changing from life-sustaining to clean up and recovery,” Da Silva said. “While we are able to give them food and water to help them physically what these people need is someone to stand beside them and reassure them.”

Lt. Preston Lewis, from Gainesville has been serving in Live Oak at the Suwannee Coliseum Complex, which is been set up as a disaster recovery center. He has seen a significant increase in the number of people coming to the recovery center.

“Flood survivors are now getting back in their homes and seeking resources to help them recover,” Lewis said. “We just want to be here for them in any way that we can, even if it is a shoulder to cry on. You might be surprised how far that will carry someone.”

In the aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff have been focusing on meeting the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders but have now begun to provide materials to help them in the clean up and recovery process.

For more information about how The Salvation Army is responding to Tropical Storm Debby and other disasters, please log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also follow @salarmyeds, @salarmyfla, @salarmyflaeds or search “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook to access the latest information.

As The Salvation Army continues to help those in need, The Salvation Army continues to need financial support in the ongoing recovery efforts. Corporations like FedEx an BP have already assisted with the relief efforts and more help is needed. Individuals and businesses that would like to help those affected by this disaster can visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’most immediate needs. A $100 donation can feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

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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.

The Salvation Army responds to flooding in Pensacola

Tampa, FL (June 13, 2012)—The Salvation Army continues to respond to residents in the Florida panhandle after the weekend’s devastating floods.

More than 13 inches of rain was dumped within a 24 hour period in Pensacola and other parts of the Florida Panhandle causing flooding and property damage.

The Salvation Army in Pensacola is assisting residents of the Forest Creek Apartments, an area that was hardest hit during Saturday’s rains.

The Salvation Army arrived at the apartment complex on Tuesday (June 12), as residents were allowed into their homes to begin the cleaning and recovery process.

Sergeant Roger Windell, Administrator of the Pensacola Salvation Army stated,”The Salvation Army assisted residents first wtih clean-up kits and have given out clothing vouchers as many were separated from their essentials.” He continued, “We are working with our local information referral partners and the United Way’s 211 to ensure we are meeting the needs of those affected.”

In the short-term, The Salvation Army will focus on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and emergency assistance. Windell said that The Salvation Army caseworkers will continue to work with individuals and families to identify long term unmet needs.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation can feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

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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.