Response, Relief and Recovery After Irma in Collier County, Florida

September 23, 2017
Tawny Cowen-Zanders | tawny.cowen-zanders@use.salvationarmy.org

Response, Relief and Recovery After Irma in Collier County, Florida

Naples, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2017) – For the people of Collier County, what a difference two weeks makes. Today, puffy white clouds dot the baby blue sky and the 89-degree day is refreshingly cooled by a light breeze. Unfortunately, the day was not so pleasant fourteen days ago.  In fact, most Collier County residents had hunkered down, listening to the winds, rain, and the storm surge of Hurricane Irma thrash their community and praying there would be something left when the storm was over.  While there was, indeed, something left when the storm was over, the damage left in its wake was astounding.

“The community looked like a war zone,” said Major Dan Proctor, Naples Regional Coordinator.  “There was extensive storm damage, flooded homes, no electricity, and a water boil alert.”  

Immediately, in the midst of these challenging circumstances, The Salvation Army Regional Coordinate put in place a full disaster response and relief team and began to serve the communities of Naples, Immokalee, Everglades City, Goodland, Golden Gate, and Bonita Springs.  As of the end of the day on September 22nd, The Salvation Army has prepared and distributed more than 785,000 meals and snacks to individuals and families impacted by the storm. We've also distributed 5,800 cases of water, 4,500 food boxes, and helped to spiritually and emotionally comfort more than 9,500 people.

“The Salvation Army cares about individuals – physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” explained Major Proctor. “Our emotional and spiritual care volunteers are trained to help individuals express their feelings, as well as adjust to their new ‘normal.’  They bring hope to those who have seemingly lost hope.”

“It's our honor and pleasure to be able to provide food, hydration, distribution of goods, as well as emotional and spiritual care services to individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma,” added Bob Myers, Naples Incident Commander. “We are here for the community now and will continue to be here in the weeks and months ahead.”

As the community begins the road to recovery, they can be assured The Salvation Army will walk with them every step of the way.

To help support these efforts, please donate to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services and Hurricane Irma relief efforts online at www.HelpSalvationArmy.org, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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