Orlando Olivera, coordinator of FEMA’s Caribbean office in Puerto Rico.
The Salvation Army, the Office of Emergency and Disaster Management (NMEAD, in Spanish) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a series of workshops to build organizational skills to nonprofit in emergency management in the face of the current hurricane season.
“The workshop presented the different events that can occur during a hurricane season, a natural or man-made disaster, how to detect and act correctly in dangerous situations, save the lives of family members, members community and workplaces,” said Mauricio Rivera. , the NMEAD response manager.
The Salvation Army’s Disaster Management and Emergency Operations Center has an industrial kitchen that will feed 360,000 people a month in emergencies, at a rate of 12,000 people a day . From the center, all efforts will be coordinated to bring aid to the communities.
The 15,500 square foot warehouse located in Caguas will serve as the main distribution center for the entire island. Storage facilities will receive, sort and distribute a variety of food and supplies such as: baby items, hygiene products, water, clothing, mattresses, canopies and, in some cases, furniture to help survivors of an emergency, nonprofit officials said.
“In addition, [there are] units with food ready to intervene and help rescuers and survivors in the event of a disaster, a drinking water tank, a diesel tank, an electric generator and satellite phones. We urge everyone to prepare and have a plan of action ready for any storm,” said Maj. Juan Mercado, Salvation Army Divisional Commander for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Meanwhile, Orlando Olivera, coordinator of FEMA’s Caribbean office in Puerto Rico, acknowledged the Salvation Army’s work in providing aid in Puerto Rico and the continental United States.
“Many times over the past 30 years that FEMA has maintained a permanent presence in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, we have partnered with The Salvation Army to help communities affected by emergencies,” did he declare.
“The entity continues to be one of the organizations that regularly provides aid to communities affected by emergencies on the island,” Olivera said.