Released 9 July 2017
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The Salvation Army Caribbean: Hurricane Irma Press Release
Kingston, Jamaica (September 7, 2017) – The Salvation Army in St. Maarten is assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma and putting in place plans to help some of the thousands of people who have been forced from their homes. Winds of 185 miles per hour – accompanied by heavy rain, storm surges and flooding – have brought devastation across much of the island. The Salvation Army will be monitoring Hurricane Irma as it potentially makes landfall in Haiti, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.
Commissioner Mark Tillsley, Territorial Commander has encouraged Salvation Army personnel throughout the Caribbean to give attention to those most vulnerable in the communities, and where possible make Salvation Army facilities available for shelter, support and practical assistance.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 130 years in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Territory serves sixteen countries throughout Caricom including Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, French Guiana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. More than 60 thousand persons receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army has served survivors of major disaster since 1900.