Hurricane Irma - Florida Disaster Response Daily Update

October 01, 2017
Captain Mechelle Henry | mechelle.henry@uss.salvationarmy.org | (813) 892-4337

Tampa, Florida (October 1, 2017) – The Salvation Army Florida Division continues to serve and support all Salvation Army units in Florida actively involved in the statewide relief effort.

The Salvation Army of Florida has 10 canteens (mobile feeding units) and 2 field kitchens that are serving in two locations in the state of Florida. Other support vehicles including refrigerated vehicles.

FT. MYERS

The Disaster Response Unit (smaller canteen) and crew are at their local warehouse doing inventory while our 2 canteens are handing out around 1,100 snack packs, hydration and supplies in LaBelle and Bonita Springs.   Monday, the crew will start serving hot meals again from the Mobile Feeding Units.  Over 10,500 prepared meals were given out today.  To date, over 148,000 meals have been served in the Fort Myers area.

Majors Tim and Cheryl Gilliam, Area Commanders, are working to meet the recovery efforts of the community and continues to assist those effected through the five service centers.

NAPLES

We have 3 sites handing out 1300-1500 meals today. The Salvation Army in Collier County has seven mobile feeding kitchens from Orlando, West Volusia, Pascagoula, and Panama City as well as a field kitchen from Florida, are still providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care service to individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma.  As of September 30th, over 315,000 hot meals, drinks and snack have been served to the community   The planning team continues to re-visit devastated sites, while the Emotional and Spiritual team continues to provide comfort throughout the community.

A cargo trailer located at the Naples Salvation Army is still supplying food boxes, hydration, snacks, clean up supplies and hygiene kits from to the seven mobile feeding units (canteens).

Major Dan Proctor, The Salvation Army Naples Area Coordinator will be working with local officials and organizations to assess the needs of the community in order to meet of recovery efforts.

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