Six Salvation Army Officers Deploy to Provide Emotional & Spiritual Care to Hurricane Michael Victims

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6 Salvation Army officers from Eastern PA & DE division at Philadelphia International Airport on 10/15/18

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 15, 2018) — As debris is cleared from roadways, The Salvation Army is moving into the areas most impacted by Hurricane Michael to begin assessing needs and providing service.

Six Salvation Army officers from the Eastern PA & DE division have deployed to Florida as part of the Hurricane Michael relief efforts.  They departed Philadelphia International Airport on Monday morning for a 14-day assignment.

The group is traveling into Panama City Beach to provide Emotional and Spiritual Care counseling to hurricane victims and first responders in the hardest hit areas.

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Group Prays Together Before Departing for Panama City Beach
  • Captain Esau Morales, Hazelton, PA
  • Captain Jesus Corraliza, West Chester, PA
  • Captain Kevin Polito, Wilmington, DE
  • Major Claranne Meitrott (retired), Sussex Co, DE
  • Lt. Miguel Alban, Seaford, DE
  • Lt. Gavin Yeatts, West Pittston, PA

This is the first of what is expected to be several deployments from our region in the coming weeks.

Bob Myers, Divisional EDS Director, and Luke Rodgers, Deputy Director of Divisional EDS, will deploy for Panama City Beach on October 22 to lead an incident management team there for two weeks.

In addition to property damage, survivors and responders are faced with widespread power outages. As of October 14, more than 191,000 people were still without power in Florida, with four counties reporting 92%-98% of residents impacted by the outage.

The Salvation Army has established a service site in Panama City Beach that will help provide meals and much-needed supplies throughout the surrounding counties. It is also working with corporate partners to establish communications in Panama City that will help facilitate operations and service.

More than 40 Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens are committed to serve in locations throughout Panama City, Tallahassee, and the surrounding areas. Each unit can serve 500 to 1,500 meals per day.

How to Help:
The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow The Salvation Army to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

  • 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: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  •  Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Additional information:

  • The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
  • In times of disaster, The Salvation Army serves the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.
  • The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.
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