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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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.

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