Salvation Army distributes rain boots, meals as residents began the clean up process
Dulcinea Cuellar Kimrey
Pensacola, Fla. (May 9, 2014) – As the flood waters begin to recede and residents prepare for possibly more flooding, The Salvation Army is distributing clean-up kits, rubber rain boots and meals to people still impacted by last Tuesday’s massive flooding.
On Friday, May 09, 2014, Salvation Army staff and volunteers will travel to the Gulf Breeze and the Bristol Park area to distribute rubber rain boots, clean-up kits and bleach to residents. They will also travel Gonzalez Court for an assessment.
Captain Robert Cornett, The Salvation Army of Pensacola, said the rubber boots are needed because flooding continues to be severe.
“What we can do, we will do,” he said. “We are here to serve and we will continue to serve the residents of Pensacola and the surrounding area until the need is no more.”
He estimated The Salvation Army will distribute between 300-400 pairs of boots to residents in the area.
Along with distributing boots, The Salvation Army is preparing more than 500 meals .
With the area under a flash flood warning through the weekend, The Salvation Army is preparing its volunteers and staff for more flooding and serving more residents who may be impacted by more rain.
Since The Salvation began its operations on Wednesday (April 30), it has distributed nearly 6,000 meals, 8,500 drinks, more than 1,500 clean-up kits and provided shelter to 437 residents who have been displaced from floods.
On April 29, more than 26 inches of rain fell in the Pensacola area paralyzing the city, prompting local officials and Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in more than 20 Florida Panhandle communities. On Wednesday (May 7) the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared Santa Rosa and Escambia counties a federal disaster, opening up federal funding for the community.
The Salvation Army urges residents to register with FEMA by logging on to www.disasterassistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-FEMA.
If you would like to donate or learn how to volunteer with The Salvation Army in Pensacola please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
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
• 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 and 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 "2014 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.