The Salvation Army responds to wildfires in Florida Panhandle
By: Maria Matheus
The Salvation Army’s Panama City Corps has responded to major wildfires that have affected a number of residences in an 8000-acre area and continues to require mandatory evacuations for thousands of homes across Florida’s Panhandle. National Guard Air assets, along with fire crews from around the State of Florida, have been activated to provide additional support. Disaster workers from Panama City, Tallahassee and Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. are deployed to serve those fighting and affected by these wildfires.
The Salvation Army of Panama City has deployed its canteen and is serving at the Incident Command Post/staging area for the first responders. They are also providing hot meals for the American Red Cross to distribute to responder strike teams on the front lines of the fires.
In addition to food service being provided, The Salvation Army is assisting families that have lost their homes. Two families are currently housed in The Salvation Army’s transitional shelter and three families with medical needs are housed in hotels. As part of the ongoing response to the wildfires, Target gift cards have been provided to evacuees as needed.
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