Tampa, Fla. (June 13, 2012) – The Salvation Army continues to respond to residents in the Florida panhandle after the weekend’s devastating floods.
More than 13 inches of rain was dumped within a 24 hour period in Pensacola and other parts of the Florida Panhandle causing flooding and property damage.
The Salvation Army in Pensacola is assisting residents of the Forest Creek Apartments, an area that was hardest hit during Saturday’s rains.
The Salvation Army arrived at the apartment complex on Tuesday (June 12), as residents were allowed into their homes to begin the cleaning and recovery process.
Sergeant Roger Windell, Administrator of the Pensacola Salvation Army stated,
"The Salvation Army assisted residents first wtih clean-up kits and have given out clothing vouchers as many were separated from their essentials." He continued, "We are working with our local information referral partners and the United Way's 211 to ensure we are meeting the needs of those affected."
In the short-term, The Salvation Army will focus on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and emergency assistance. Windell said that The Salvation Army caseworkers will continue to work with individuals and families to identify long term unmet needs.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation can feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.
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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.