The Salvation Army Assessing Damage And Meeting Needs

October 11, 2018
Lindsay Crossland | | (727) 403-7766

The Salvation Army Assessing Damage And Meeting Needs

PANAMA CITY, FL (October 11, 2018) – The aftermath of Hurricane Michael has left areas of Florida unrecognizable from the peaceful beach towns they were just a few days ago. Widespread power outages, significant property damage, and people finding they’ve lost everything are what now plagues the Panhandle.

One building not spared by the storm is The Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Panama City, where the ceiling collapsed after two trees fell on the roof. Staff and volunteers are working to ensure the families previously living in the shelter are safely housed and fed.

“We’re working through the challenges of little to no cell phone service, loss of electricity, and building damage to help our neighbors in need,” says Major Otis Childs, Administrator for The Salvation Army in Panama City. “We’re prepared for a marathon, not a sprint, knowing that recovery from this storm will take years.”

The Salvation Army has 43 mobile feeding kitchens committed to serve in locations throughout the Panama City and Tallahassee area. Each unit can serve 500-1,500 meals per day.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Michael relief efforts:

  •          Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  •          Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
    •    Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
  •          Donate online:
  •          Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving


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