Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Personnel from Canada Dispatched to Florida Following Hurricane Irma Destruction

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - 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 dispatched 10 members of its emergency disaster personnel team 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.

To interview a member of the Canadian team, please contact:

Major Mike Hoeft: 306-921-4706
Lieutenant Mark Young: 204-794-4777
Linda Leigh: 416-529-7140

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in 128 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

SOURCE The Salvation Army

For further information: John McAlister, National Director of Marketing and Communications, The Salvation Army, 416-467-3186, John_McAlister@can.salvationarmy.org, www.SalvationArmy.ca

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