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Salvation Army Units Across Central Florida Prepare for Hurricane Matthew
By: Tiffani Jett, Public Relations & Marketing Manager

Hurricane Matthew has been upgraded to a Category 4 as it tracks closer to the U.S. coast today. During a Thursday morning briefing, Governor Rick Scott warned “this storm will kill you,” making a final plea for residents living in evacuation zones to leave before the deadly storm is expected to hit the southeast state early Friday morning.

In an effort to reach more Floridians impacted by Hurricane Matthew, The Salvation Army in Florida is planning to have three staging areas along the east coast beginning Saturday. Staging areas are locations where supplies, personnel and equipment are placed centrally. Staging areas will be located at Salvation Army Units in Vero Beach, Melbourne and Daytona Beach. The Melbourne staging area is expected to be “ground zero” for The Salvation Army’s disaster services.

“The Salvation Army Unit in Orlando is on standby to provide additional services if necessary,” said Major Ted Morris, the Area Commander. “We are prepared and ready to serve.”

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/

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