United Way: Weekend Update

Pensacola Tough
Volunteer NEEDS for Agency Partners to best assist affected residents:

Captain Bob Cornett with Salvation Army has made a request for 12 volunteers to work at their Q street location 1501 N Q Street on Monday, 9A to 5P to help stock their mobile units. If any of you can assist, please let us know and we will refer you on.

Reports on activities by agency partners

Dan Moore, Director, U.S. Disaster Relief for Operation Blessing International was the first to report back to United Way 2-1-1 on a resident listed on the 2-1-1 affected list. By sharing the activities his group had completed related to a resident affected by the flooding (his team to fill 120 sand bags) we were able to move onto the next resident’s request. By sharing what they have assisted with, partners can ensure that we don’t duplicate assistance and can help ensure all residents are helped in a timely fashion. Thank you Dan.

We have reached out to our contacts at the city who have been helpful in assisting residents to see if we can secure drainage so that The Salvation Army laundry truck can be moved to the Fricker Center to assist those affected by flooding who are still without laundry services. We are still working to see if we can identify drainage to make this resource available. Thank you Tamara for working to help us on Mother Day Sunday.

BRACE Update Provided by Greg Strader, Executive Director
Greg shared the update from Escambia County that may provide several resources that agency partners and case managers can share with their clients and impacted citizens. Highlights are below:

Flood debris collection is currently taking place in the most impacted areas in Escambia County. Residents should be aware that debris cannot be removed from private property and all debris ready for collection must be moved to the curb. As of Saturday, May 10, Escambia County has opened a Residential Debris Drop-Off Site at the John R. Jones Athletic Park, 555 East Nine Mile Road. Hours of Operation will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday until further notice. This debris drop-off site will only available to Escambia County residents. Businesses and commercial haulers are prohibited. Material accepted at this drop-off site will be limited to storm generated mixed construction and demolition waste. Please do not bring household garbage, household hazardous waste or tires. For more information, please contact the Escambia County Solid Waste Management at (850) 937-2160.

The Escambia County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Sunday, May 11, at the Brownsville Community Center, 3100 West Desoto Street, Pensacola. Applicants may go to a Disaster Recovery Center for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance, or for questions related to your case. The hours of operations are: Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Mondays – Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This weekend, Escambia County launched Project Outreach, a disaster relief program that uses field teams to provide information and to connect citizens with the appropriate agencies in the most heavily impacted areas. Sites operated Saturday and Sunday and additional hours of operation are forthcoming. The field teams set up tents at the following eight locations:

Bristol Park*,​ 10100 Bristol Park Rd
Crescent Lake*, 6105 Fairview Drive
Damascus Road Mission Baptist Church, 8198 Untreiner Avenue
Innerarity Point, 13600 Innerarity Point Road, across from Perdido Bay United Methodist Church
Lake Charlene*, Corner of 6815 Kitty Hawk Circle
Legion Field, 1301 West Gregory Street
Piedmont Area*, Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Boulevard
Wedgewood Community Center*, 6405 Wagner Road

Damage assessment has changed slightly from the initial numbers provided through the EOC, updated totals are attached and include a tragic 28 homes completely destroyed in Escambia County. There is also a map attached that shows hotspots for flooding and damaged residences. Escambia County Flooding Map