Rochester consultant returns to Rochester after Florida deployment to help victims of Hurricane Ian – ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 News) – Tue Rochester Salvation Army announced that consultant Jessica Bradford will be returning to Rochester from Florida on Friday.

Bradford deployed to the Fort Myers, FL area in early October to help and support communities affected by Hurricane Ian.

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Bradford began her assignment in the Fort Myers area and will finish her time in the Port Charlotte area of ​​the state.

On September 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa in southwest Florida as a dangerous high-end Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, setting the record for the fifth-strongest hurricane ever to hit the United States hit.

“This whole experience was incredibly eye-opening and I felt so blessed to be able to care for the mental health of so many people,” Bradford said. “The people I worked with were just so overwhelmed and tired. The physical, tangible things that we provide, like meals and water, are essential, but so is the care for the souls of these people, especially when many of them have literally lost everything.”

The Salvation Army is currently providing care to disaster victims in Florida and Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian, serving meals, providing water, helping with cleanups and providing community services to aid in the long-term recovery of those hardest hit by the storms.

For more information about the services offered by The Salvation Army or for more information on becoming an EDS Volunteer, CLICK HERE.

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