20 September 2017

(Turks & Caicos Islands) - The Salvation Army is continuing to distribute over 900 meals per day to persons in shelters in Providenciales.  In addition to this, meals are being distributed to some families who have remained in their communities.  The government has extended operation of shelters until September 23.  The Salvation Army will continue to provide food to the shelters while they are open.

A ship is scheduled to arrive on Sunday with food and Samaritan's Purse is sending a DC3 aircraft with a shipment of tarpaulins & hygiene kits on Monday.  The Salvation Army is working with "Mission of Hope for Haiti", "Samaritan's Purse" and the local business community to receive and distribute these items.  The Salvation Army order of cots, tarpaulins, bedding and flash lights is enroute, however there is a delay due to the challenge of finding trucking space to transport the goods to Florida.   Upon arrival at the airport in Florida a flight is already in place to immediately transport the shipment to Turks and Caicos.  

The local hotel & resort organization and the Sandals Foundation will be coordinating their relief efforts through The Salvation Army.  Contact has also been made with Missionary Flights International to coordinate their relief efforts in TCI through The Salvation Army.    

We are anticipating the arrival of five 40 foot shipping containers of relief supplies in the coming week, other shipments are also being arranged.   The Salvation Army Caribbean Territory is arranging with the USA East Territory to assist with the set-up and operation of a 10,000 sq ft warehouse.  Bahamas Divisional Headquarters is also working toward sending a team to assist personnel in TCI, the timing of which will be determined as The Salvation Army TCI moves from a feeding program to a long term assistance.

(Nassau, Bahamas)

The most affected islands of the Bahamas were evacuated to Nassau before the hurricane.  Government has now completed its inspections of these islands and in some cases determined that the circumstances are not yet suitable for persons to return to their various islands.  The Salvation Army has now been requested to begin providing 200 meals a day to Family Island people living in shelters in Nassau.  It is anticipated that this will continue for at least another week.  Our shelters have also found it necessary to distribute most of their blankets, sleeping mats, etc to hurricane victims, these will need to be replaced.  The Salvation Army will be working with NEMA to provide clean-up kits and hygiene kits to hurricane victims.

To support The Salvation Army's relief efforts in the Caribbean, please direct your contributions to The Salvation Army, 3 Waterloo Road, PO Box 378, Kingston 10, Jamaica, WI - Attention: Emergency Disaster Services or direct the funds to the following…

Name Of Account:    The Salvation Army Donation Account (Savings)
Account Number:      936476
Bank Name:              The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd
Bank Address:          The Corner of Duke & Port Royal Street
                                  Kingston CSO

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, Sint 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.

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