Houston, Texas (September 6, 2017) – As the week began, assets and personnel from Florida serving in Houston were moved to Florida in preparation of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall later this week. In addition, the Incident Management Team (IMT) coordinating recovery efforts in Greater Houston moved its base of operations to The Salvation Army Area Command, 1500 Austin Street. The move, which involves more than 120 workers and 35 emergency disaster services vehicles, is a strategy to provide for a more central city location and greater operational efficiency.
Workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the affected area. Twenty (20) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to cleanup kits and other supplies.
The following Salvation Army locations continue to provide emergency shelter to families and individuals who have evacuated their homes:
- Sally’s House: 1717 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002
- Family Residence: 1603 McGowen St, Houston, TX 77004
In the Greater Houston Area, The Salvation Army has provided:
- 118,024 meals
- 63,129 snacks
- 85,420 drinks
Emotional & Spiritual Care
- 4,576 spiritual care contacts
Donations Management and Distribution
- 3,181 comfort/hygiene kits (per kit)
- 1,648 infant supplies
- 590 blankets
- 1,094 cleanup kits
- 2,160 clothing
- 1,773 food boxes
- 4,871 cases of water
Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane Harvey”) mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
For more information about The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s efforts regarding Hurricane Harvey, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyHouston.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.