Dallas, Texas (October 10, 2018) – Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall today along Florida’s Gulf Coast as a powerful and destructive storm. The Salvation Army has placed all disaster relief resources across the state of Florida and in neighboring states on standby, including mobile feeding kitchens, trained personnel, and supplies. Disaster response teams and units from Texas are headed to Florida to support the anticipated relief efforts.
“Many of our trained disaster personnel have spent the past few weeks serving those impacted by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. Having just returned home to Texas they are now preparing to leave again to serve those who will be affected by Hurricane Michael,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Our people are trained for situations like this and are committed to helping those who find themselves in crisis. The Salvation Army will be there to help.”
An 11-person Incident Management Team from Texas will lead The Salvation Army response efforts in the Panama City area, expected to be directly in the path of the storm. Services will begin there as soon as roads are passable. Three Rapid Response Units, which are modified pick-up trucks with the ability to serve food and drinks, have been deployed from Granbury, Dallas, and Austin. Seven mobile kitchen units, able to prepare and serve up to 1,500 meals per day, from Austin, Lubbock, Pasadena, Waco, Tyler, Fort Worth and Kerrville are also headed to Florida staffed by trained disaster personnel and volunteers.
“This has been an especially active hurricane season that has required large-scale response efforts by The Salvation Army and our partner agencies,” said Migues. “Our people are prayed-up, well trained, and ready for the challenging work ahead. We ask for your support and prayers as we travel to serve those in need.”
In times of disaster The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services staff and volunteers will typically each serve for 14 days at a time. In the early days of a response, The Salvation Army’s focus is to provide for the immediate physical needs of the first responders and survivors, by delivering food, drinks and snacks. Emotional and Spiritual Care is another integral component of the Army’s service. Trained staff and volunteers are available to speak with, listen to, and pray with those affected by disaster.
For the latest information on The Salvation Army relief efforts please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org. To support
Hurricane Michael relief efforts visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org.
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.