Salvation Army re-examines hurricane plan, preparing food and shelter for storms

Posted at 3:35 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 18:09:46-04

BRADENTON, Fla. — Bradenton Salvation Army leaders are prepping for hurricane season. Thursday afternoon they met with county leaders and did a dry run of a mobile mass feeding situation.

“It’s important for us that when something does happen we are ready to act immediately,” said Major George Patterson.

NHC: 90% chance for tropical system to develop in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA forecasters predict a near or above-average hurricane season with 10 to 16 named storms

Patterson said the agency was overwhelmed after Irma. He said they turned a few people away from the shelter, but the agency has plans this year to accommodate everyone in need.

“We will open up the church gymnasium if the need arises,” said Patterson.

Ralph Pena volunteers with the Salvation Army. He said hundreds of homeless and low income people utilize the agency after a bad storm.

“They’ll go without pretty much nothing, they have nowhere to go,” said Pena.

Hurricane season starts in about a week.