As the island of Puerto Rico slowly starts to recover from Hurricane Maria, The Salvation Army remains steadfast in its efforts to provide food, essential supplies, comfort and care to tens of thousands impacted by the storm. Additional personnel from the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware (Pendel) Division deployed this week to aid in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Bob Myers, Director of Emergency Disaster Services, and Martin Droz, Divisional Architect, left from Philadelphia International Airport early this morning for a 14 day deployment. Bob recently returned from a deployment to Naples, Florida, where he headed up relief efforts for Hurricane Irma. Bob will serve as Incident Commander in Puerto Rico, responsible for managing the Hurricane Maria disaster relief on the island. To date, the Pendel division has deployed 10 officers, staff members and volunteers to Puerto Rico. They are among the first from The Salvation Army in the continental U.S. to travel to the island for Hurricane Maria relief.
Some of our buildings in Puerto Rico endured damage in the storm, but they are operational. Rain flooded parts of the Kroc Community Center in Guayama and wind damaged its doors and windows. Although resources are challenging, The Salvation Army is distributing thousands of meals each day, as well as ice and clothing. Our officers are also providing emotional and spiritual care to hurricane survivors.
The Salvation Army anticipates deploying Emergency Disaster Services personnel and volunteers to Puerto Rico for another two to three months. Then it will transition to a team in Puerto Rico for long-term relief services.
Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to our teams in Puerto Rico who are working long hours in difficult conditions to bring comfort and hope to so many. We are extremely grateful for their service. Also, please keep the people of Puerto Rico in your prayers, as they begin the painstaking steps to rebuild their lives following this devastating storm.