(Tampa, Fla.) Sept. 9, 2017 – As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma’s impact, The Salvation Army is partnering with state partners to support families and individuals who may be impacted by the storm. The Salvation Army of Florida gave more than 82,000 bottles of water and more than 27,000 boxes of shelf-stable meals to Feeding America of Tampa Bay.
The water and shelf-stable meals are being delivered to Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties, serving as an emergency disaster staging area. Additional staging areas will be added for support throughout the Florida in the storm’s aftermath.
Throughout the state of Florida, the Salvation Army has 32 canteens (mobile kitchens) on standby along with a fleet of equipment which includes two field kitchens and various units to support personnel. The Salvation Army has more than 3,000 trained volunteers and staff in Florida, ready to offer a warm meal, bottled water, coffee and offer emotional and spiritual care.
“The Salvation Army is actively preparing for the potential impact of the storm throughout the state,” said Jerry Stickney, Salvation Army of Florida Logistician. “We are working alongside as many state agencies as we can to ensure we can support as many residents as we can.”
Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane 2017”) mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.
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.