Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Salvation Army Sends 2 Teams from Area; Jacksonville Residents Worry about Loved Ones in the Hurricane's Path

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Salvation Army Sends 2 Teams from Area; Jacksonville Residents Worry about Loved Ones in the Hurricane's Path

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Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR and JIM SCHOETTLER

In its biggest deployment since Hurricane Katrina struck the central Gulf Coast three years ago, The Salvation Army in Florida is dispatching teams to Texas' Gulf Coast to help respond to Hurricane Ike.

Disaster volunteers from the Jacksonville area are among those being sent to help the thousands of people fleeing coastal zones as some Jacksonville residents with ties to the Galveston, Texas, area nervously watch the storm's path and hope loved ones escape harm.

The Northeast Florida Command is sending two teams of volunteers along with two canteens, or mobile kitchens. One is from Jacksonville and left Friday and the other is from St. Augustine, according to Jim Arrowood, area commander.

Other teams are being dispatched from Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando and Citrus County.

The Jacksonville team is being sent to Tyler, Texas, where it can prepare 2,500 meals a day, according to Jill Black, Jacksonville spokeswoman for The Salvation Army. The team went with enough food for three full days of breakfast, lunch and dinner for victims, volunteers and emergency personnel. After three days, fresh food supplies will be obtained in Texas, Black said. Once the hurricane passes, the team can be relocated to an area in need.

The St. Johns County canteen will leave today with volunteers from the Clay County Corps and can prepare and serve 1,500 meals a day, Black said.

Both canteen teams will stay in Texas for two weeks before being relieved by other volunteers, she said.

The American Red Cross has disaster specialists on standby in Jacksonville, spokeswoman Christian Smith said, but the earliest they would leave would be after the danger has passed.

Jacksonville lawyer Darold Goodwin grew up in Beaumont, Texas, where his parents and a brother still live. Goodwin said he remembers weathering Hurricane Alicia in 1983, during which he drove into Houston and watched as plate glass windows blew out on skyscrapers. …

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