More than half a million meals have been served by The Salvation Army to people who have been displaced or have had their homes damaged by Hurricane Irma in south-eastern states of the USA. This is in addition to The Salvation Army’s ongoing emergency response in many of the Caribbean islands and in reaction to Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
Salvation Army teams are now transitioning into response, establishing staging areas across Florida, which include Naples, Fort Myers, Key West and Keystone Heights. The Salvation Army has more than 3,000 trained volunteers and staff in the state, ready to offer a warm meal, bottled water, coffee or offer emotional and spiritual care.
On September 14, The Salvation Army in Canada deployed 10 members of its emergency disaster personnel to lead an incident command team in Florida. The Canadian team will provide assistance with food and hydration services, emotional and spiritual care, and crisis intervention.