Gulfport Fire Department offers disaster relief

Today, dozens of people lined up at the Gulfport Premium Outlets for disaster relief thanks to the Gulfport Fire Department.

Gulfport resident Lena Smith came to Gulfport Premium Outlets in need of a tarp for roof protection for herself and her grandchildren. The hurricane last week caused plenty of damage to her property. “Me and my grandbabies got into the bathroom and that wind tore up everything, it tore the fence up, it tore some of the roof, it had garbage cans all in the backyard. This was kind of a little devastating.”

Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt tells News 25 the tarps were in high demand. “We’ve had several days of tarp handouts here in the community and so we didn’t know what the demand was gonna be. We got several thousand additional tarps from FEMA and we were hoping that might last two days but it’s not even gonna make it through today. So, as soon as all the tarps are gone that will be the end of our relief supply drive here today.”

The residents of Gulfport are truly grateful and thankful from the help of their local fire department passing out free tarps, masks, and hand sanitizer after Hurricane Zeta in the middle of a global pandemic.

For Lena Smith, she is grateful for the help she received today. “Thank God we all survived, and I just thank God for all the help and all the tarps that they have given everybody not just me. This is really awesome. It’s a good time everybody came together.”

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