Dallas, Texas (November 13, 2017) â€“ The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) immediately responded on August 25 when Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coastline, providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. Almost three months into the extensive relief efforts The Salvation Army continues to provide practical support to those affected.
At the peak of service in the aftermath of the storm 104 Salvation Army mobile feeding units were deployed throughout Texas, serving more than 950,000 meals to date. The preparation and delivery of multiple meals each day continued for as long as eight weeks in the worst affected areas. The Salvation Armyâ€™s ongoing assistance has gradually transitioned in focus from the immediate provision of food, drinks, cleanup kits and comfort kits, to the long-term support of individuals and families working to piece their lives back together.
The Salvation Army has opened eight warehouses serving as Points of Distribution across the affected region. These are located in Port Arthur/Nederland, Victoria, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Houston, Freeport, Texas City/Galveston and Orange. In addition, the existing EDS warehouse in Beaumont is in full disaster operation along with the 100,000 square feet Divisional EDS Warehouse in Arlington which serves as the main distribution hub for the state.
â€œThese warehouse facilities are receiving, sorting and distributing a wide range of items that have been donated to The Salvation Army to help survivors,â€� said Alvin Migues, EDS Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. â€œThose affected can receive diapers and other baby supplies, hygiene products, clothing, mattresses, and in some cases furniture. We anticipate that these distribution centers will remain operational for several months, certainly through the early part of next year.â€�
Salvation Army caseworkers are meeting with individuals and families in affected areas providing limited financial assistance and referrals to partner agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations.
â€œThe Salvation Army was already working in most of the communities that were affected by Hurricane Harvey,â€� said Migues. â€œWe were there long before the hurricane hit, and weâ€™ll be there long after the recovery process is over.â€�
You can support the ongoing relief work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555.
For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx. To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.salvationarmysouth.org/harvey.
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.