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This morning (Friday) the District Staff met with the Palm Beach County Long Term Recovery Committee. This committee includes SVDP, Catholic Charities, Palm Beach County, Salvation Army, Red Cross and most other Non-Profits serving the people of Palm Beach. The purpose was to plan the response to those evacuating into our area from the Bahamas due to hurricane Dorian.

In addition to the thousands who have already arrived, we anticipate another 1,100 arriving at the Port of Palm Beach on Monday. In addition, our National SVDP Disaster Services Corp. is prepared to deploy a disaster team to our area to support our efforts to care for the people expected to arrive. The SVDP Disaster Services Corp. can help us by providing logistical and financial support for this emergency. This will be primarily a joint effort by Catholic Charities and SVDP. Of course, we are dependent on the weather conditions over this weekend. The ship may or may not arrive and Disaster Services won’t decide to fly until Monday.

In any case, we need to be prepared. When the ship does arrive, we need you to help process those evacuating. The help may by passing out supplies, food, etc. Maybe providing directions or taking down information. Whatever needs to be done. What we need today is to know if you will be available to help. This is an opportunity to fulfill our Vincentian Mission to help our brothers and sisters.

Please reply to this e-mail with your contact information and Conference name. Also include what days you may be able to help next week. 

Bless you for the work you do and say a prayer that we handle this well and are effective in providing this assistance.

Richard J Persek

 SATURDAY 9/14/2019

As of 11AM, we are waiting word on the status of the Palm Beach Princess.  That ship was scheduled to dock Monday morning but we do not have confirmation at present.