The Salvation Army of the Carolinas Closely Monitoring Hurricane Irma

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 5, 2017) –The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is closely monitoring weather conditions as Hurricane Storm Irma moves closer toward the United States. Initial preparations are being made for response across North and South Carolina. In a disaster, The Salvation Army coordinates with community agencies and emergency management to strategically provide meals, drinks, and spiritual and emotional care to first responders and disaster survivors.

 “We have alerted all Salvation Army locations to closely monitor the storm and to be ready for localized response in their service area,” said Mike Patterson, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina. “We pray that our preparations will not be necessary, but we are ready when called by our emergency management partners.”

During times of disaster, The Salvation Army of the Carolinas has 20 mobile feeding units ready for disaster response.

The Salvation Army encourages all residents in potentially vulnerable areas to review personal safety plans, become familiar local evacuation zones in coastal counties and locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes. Information is available at www.scemd.org and www.readync.org. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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.

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Salvation Army Continues to Serve through Labor Day Weekend

Houston, Texas (September 5, 2017) – As the efforts of The Salvation Army in the Greater Houston Area have shifted to recovery and the Incident Command (IC) moves to downtown Houston following the Labor Day weekend, The Salvation Army continues to provide shelter and staff mobile feeding units throughout the Greater Houston Area. Workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the affected area.

Twenty-two (22) 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 cleaning 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:

  • Meals
    • 102,131 meals
    • 51,626 snacks
    • 70,887 drinks
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care
    • 3,781 spiritual care contacts
  • Donations Management and Distribution
    • 1,432 comfort/hygiene kits (per kit)
    • 1,302 infant supplies
    • 582 blankets
    • 2,104 clothing
    • 1,600 food boxes

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.

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Deployed To Houston For Hurricane Harvey Relief

Louisville, Kentucky — “Others” has been the rallying cry and focal point for The Salvation Army since its inception more than 150 years ago…and never is it better displayed than in times of disaster.

Specialized equipment and trained personnel from across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee mustered in Memphis to travel together into the relief effort after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread destruction and historic flooding.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of serving in disasters, from localized tornadoes or flooding to long-term responses after 9/11 and Katrina.  We have always been where the need is, and there is clearly a need from Harvey’s devastation,” said Major Jim Arrowood, the Divisional Commander (leader) for the Kentucky/Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army.

Working closely with local, county, state, and federal officials, Salvation Army personnel ensure resources and services are focused where needed most.   Pulling from a network of strategically placed equipment and a host of trained responders, The Salvation Army is able to respond effectively and efficiently in times of disaster. 

Even as the canteens and personnel were on the road toward Texas, we weren’t certain of their exact destination.   “The situation is changing literally hour-by-hour; water recedes in one area while still rising in another,” said Bo Sells, the Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky and Tennessee.    Weaving through the state — around road closures and through security – the much-needed resources arrived in Houston; already at work serving survivors in the northeastern part of the city.

Representatives from Salvation Army commands in both Kentucky and Tennessee made up this initial contingent:  Kentucky—Madisonville (1), Henderson (1), Frankfort (1), Danville (1), Paducah (1), and Ashland (1); Tennessee –Memphis (2), Jackson (1), Nashville (2), Murfreesboro (1), Chattanooga (2), and Bristol (1).   This group of trained staff accompanied and manned equipment from:  Frankfort, KY; Danville, KY; Hazard, KY; Clarksville, TN; Memphis, TN; and Nashville, TN.

Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “Hurricane Harvey.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted. 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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"I Knew You'd Come" – Salvation Army Increases Relief Efforts in Texas

Dallas, Texas (August 30, 2017) – As flood conditions slowly improve in some areas of the state and clean-up crews work to make communities accessible, The Salvation Army continues to increase mobile feeding efforts in Texas. With 71 mobile kitchens from Texas and beyond now available for deployment The Salvation Army relief teams are able to reach more people with emergency services each day.

“Every team being deployed in Texas can provide food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this weather event,” said Lt. Col. Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We’re uniquely positioned to provide support and relief to Houston and communities along the Gulf Coast.”

The Incident Command Team deployed from Florida to Texas arrived in Houston mid-morning Tuesday and quickly established an Incident Command Center at the Northwest Corps. In addition to the eight-person leadership team, two shower trailers also arrived from Florida, each containing eight individual shower stalls. These units are stationed at the Matzke Elementary school that is currently housing 500 evacuees. Two mobile bunk houses are also in place and ready to be deployed.

Greater Houston area service highlights:

  • Pasadena Corps – housing 60 people on Tuesday, 140 less than on Monday.
  • Harbor Light/Red Shield Lodge – sheltering close to 250 evacuees, exceeding normal capacity by 175 people. Typically limited to only a men’s shelter, exceptions have been made to house displaced families from the neighborhood. In addition to a dry, safe place to sleep, storm survivors are provided with clean clothes and hygiene kits. 
  • International Corps continues to serve as a distribution center providing 35 blankets, 268 cases of water and 450 meals, snacks and drinks.
  • Five mobile kitchens were in operation on Tuesday with an additional six units arriving from Kentucky and Tennessee on Tuesday evening.

In the Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend area, feeding operations expanded Tuesday with 11 mobile kitchens serving in the following communities:

  • Rockport
  • Port Aransas
  • Aransas Pass
  • Ingleside
  • Portland
  • North Corpus Christi.

Many of these communities have been without power since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Saturday and several cities remain without running water.

The Divisional Commanders of The Salvation Army Texas Division, Lt. Colonels Ronnie & Sharon Raymer, visited operations in Rockport today, the first day of mobile kitchen service in this community. A Rockport resident approached The Salvation Army mobile kitchen crew while they were setting up to provide lunch and with tears filling his eyes said, “I knew you would come.”

After seeing first-hand the devastation caused by the storm, Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer said, “The need is great here in Rockport and indeed all along the Texas coastline. We hope to send multiple feeding units in the coming days to support the residents of this hurting community who have already been through so much and lost a great deal. Our love and prayers go out to each of them.”

Other Salvation Army operations:

  • The shelter at the Dallas Convention Center opened this morning and by 6:00 PM housed a little more than 200 evacuees with numbers expected to increase. The Salvation Army of Dallas Fort Worth provided meals for survivors, staff and volunteers.
  • A shelter opened at The Salvation Army in Waco.
  • Kerrville team is serving meals at two local evacuation shelters
  • The Salvation Army Center of Hope in Temple is operating a shelter
  • A shelter opened on Tuesday at The Salvation Army in Tyler.
  • Amarillo – Toot’n Totum has partnered with The Salvation Army in the Texas Panhandle to raise funds to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. They will have 108 countertop kettles at more than 80 locations (Toot’n Totum gas station and convenience stores, Mr. Payrolls, and Car Care Centers). Toot’n Totum will match the first $5,000 raised.
  • Additional response units are staged in San Antonio and Dallas preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.

As of Tuesday evening, August 29, 18,483 meals, 17,204 snacks, and 16,640 drinks have been provided.

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go 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, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Hurricane Harvey: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Update

Dallas, Texas (August 30, 2017) – In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. To date, The Salvation Army has deployed 71 mobile feeding units to Texas.  Twenty-nine additional units are on standby to support the state of Louisiana if Harvey’s rains cause severe flooding there and additional feeding units are on standby across the country to help if needed.  Salvation Army trained disaster workers are being deployed to the stricken area from across the United States and Canada. 

GREATER HOUSTON:

The Incident Command Team deployed from Florida to Texas arrived in Houston mid-morning Tuesday and quickly established an Incident Command Center at the Northwest Corps. In addition to the eight-person leadership team, two shower trailers also arrived from Florida, each containing eight individual shower stalls. These units are stationed at the Matzke Elementary school that is currently housing 500 evacuees. Two mobile bunk houses are also in place and ready to be deployed.

The Salvation Army is providing shelter and emergency services to displaced individuals and families at several facilities across the city:

  • Pasadena Corps – housing 60 people on Tuesday, 140 less than on Monday.
  • Conroe Corps – providing shelter.
  • Harbor Light/Red Shield Lodge – sheltering close to 250 evacuees, exceeding the normal capacity by 175 people. Typically limited to only a men’s shelter, exceptions have been made to house families from the neighborhood needing a place to stay. In addition to a dry, safe place to sleep, storm survivors are provided with clean clothes and hygiene kits.
  • International Corps continues to serve as a distribution center providing 35 blankets, 268 cases of water and 450 meals, snacks and drinks.
  • The Aldine/Westfield location only became accessible on Tuesday and mobile kitchen service started this evening.
  • Houston Temple – unsafe water levels remain in the area and therefore no service is taking place.
  • Houston Adult Rehabilitation Center continues to house 150 men as part of The Salvation Army’s free 180-day rehabilitation program.
  • Five mobile kitchens were in operation on Tuesday with an additional six units arriving from Kentucky and Tennessee on Tuesday evening.

CORPUS CHRISTI AREA:

In the Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend area, feeding operations expanded Tuesday with 11 mobile kitchens serving in the cities of Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Portland and North Corpus Christi. Many of these communities have been without power since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Saturday and several cities remain without running water.

The Divisional Commanders of The Salvation Army Texas Division, Lt. Colonels Ronnie & Sharon Raymer, visited operations in Rockport today, the first day of mobile kitchen service in this community. A Rockport resident approached The Salvation Army mobile kitchen crew while they were setting up to provide lunch and with tears filling his eyes said, “I knew you would come.” After seeing first-hand the devastation caused by the storm, Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer said, “The need is great here in Rockport and indeed all along the Texas coastline. We hope to send multiple feeding units in the coming days to support the residents of this hurting community who have already been through so much and lost a great deal. Our love and prayers go out to each of them.”

DALLAS FORT WORTH:

The shelter at the Dallas Convention Center opened this morning and by 6:00 PM housed a little more than 200 evacuees. With many roads still impassable in Houston that number is expected to increase rapidly as roads re-open and buses currently on standby make their way to Dallas. The Salvation Army of Dallas Fort Worth provided meals for those staying in the shelter along with staff and volunteers. 

FREEPORT:

An email was received by staff at The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters in Dallas stating, “Please send food trucks to Angleton, Brazoria County Fairgrounds. We have no food or supplies. Thank you.” This message was relayed to Lt. Juan Gomez, Salvation Army Officer in Freeport on Tuesday at 6:35 PM. At 6:45 PM Lt. Gomez responded, “Food is on its way to the fairgrounds.” We are so grateful for the prompt, effective and compassionate service of The Salvation Army response teams throughout Texas.

CENTRAL TEXAS:

A shelter opened at The Salvation Army in Waco on Tuesday. The Kerrville team continues to serve meals at two local evacuation shelters while the Center of Hope in Temple is operating an emergency shelter.

Additional units are staged in San Antonio and Dallas preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.

As of Tuesday evening, August 29, 18,483 meals, 17,204 snacks, and 16,640 drinks have been provided.

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go 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.                                                             

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army of Orlando Sends Mobile Feeding Unit to Texas

Orlando, Florida – Remnants of Hurricane Harvey continued dumping historic levels of rainfall on the Houston area Monday as devastating floods swamped the fourth most populous city in the United States. Rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. Heavy rain caused life-threatening, catastrophic flooding as search and rescue teams worked to help the thousands of people that have been forced to flee their homes.
Emergency Disaster Service volunteers in Orlando worked tirelessly on Monday to prepare its mobile feeding unit for deployment. The three-man crew is ready to assist with the largest mass feeding in United States history in the wake of the catastrophic flooding. Crew members are also prepared to offer emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.

“The Salvation Army of Orlando’s mobile feeding unit deploys for Texas this morning,” said Major Ted Morris, the Area Commander. “Crew members are prepared and ready to serve on the frontlines for at least two weeks.”

Give relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
· Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555 or visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org.
· Visit www.disaster.salvationarmyUSA.org to register as a volunteer today.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
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About The Salvation Army of Orlando
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing 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. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army of Orlando Sends Mobile Feeding Unit to Texas

Orlando, Florida – Remnants of Hurricane Harvey continued dumping historic levels of rainfall on the Houston area Monday as devastating floods swamped the fourth most populous city in the United States. Rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. Heavy rain caused life-threatening, catastrophic flooding as search and rescue teams worked to help the thousands of people that have been forced to flee their homes.
Emergency Disaster Service volunteers in Orlando worked tirelessly on Monday to prepare its mobile feeding unit for deployment. The three-man crew is ready to assist with the largest mass feeding in United States history in the wake of the catastrophic flooding. Crew members are also prepared to offer emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. 

“The Salvation Army of Orlando’s mobile feeding unit deploys for Texas this morning,” said Major Ted Morris, the Area Commander. “Crew members are prepared and ready to serve on the frontlines for at least two weeks.” 

Give relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey: 
·    Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555 or visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org.
·    Visit www.disaster.salvationarmyUSA.org to register as a volunteer today. 

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted.  Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident.  However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army of Orlando
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing 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. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army of Florida Sends Equipment and Personnel to Texas

Tampa, Fla (August 27, 2017) – The Salvation Army of Florida is sending an Incident Management Team comprised of emergency disaster services professionals along with additional equipment to assist in the Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts in Texas.


The Florida equipment includes: two bunkhouses, two shower trailers, one generator and a Ford utility truck.

Last year, Salvation Army teams from Texas came to help Florida recover from hurricane Matthew. 

“We are honored to reciprocate representing with the heart of Floridians during this unprecedented disaster,” said Kevin Smith, Emergency Disaster Services director for The Salvation Army of Florida.

Flooding remains a major concern for the coming days with torrential rain forecasted as the storm stalls over south Texas and southern Louisiana.

The Salvation Army is preparing for the largest mass feeding in U.S. history in the wake of the catastrophic flooding.

“Mobile feeding units from all over the country are mobilizing as we speak,” Smith said.  “Our advanced disaster recovery units of mobile kitchens, shower units and bunkhouses are just pieces of a massive puzzle that will require a whole community effort across Texas.”

A large number of Texas Divisional resources are already on the ground serving throughout Texas.  Additional resource requests are being made by the moment. 

Lt. Colonel Ken Luyk, Florida Divisional Commander has directed that all Florida disaster resources be ready to respond to support any requests from Texas.

Nine Florida mobile kitchens standing by ready to be deployed to Texas within in the next few days as priority areas of service are determined.

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800- SAL-ARMY. You may also mail checks to The Salvation Army, PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks or via text by texting STORM to 51555.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted.  Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident.  However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.  You may also visit www.salvationarmyflorida.orgwww.facebook.com/TheSalvationArmyFloridaDivision or @salarmyfla on Twitter for the latest information on how Florida teams on involved in the relief and recovery efforts in Texas.

 

About The Salvation Army 
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Staged for Deployment as Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall

Salvation Army Staged for Deployment as Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall

The Salvation Army in Texas is ready to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers as Hurricane Harvey, upgraded to a category 4 hurricane, makes landfall, Friday evening into early Saturday morning. Disaster units are staged and ready to serve, and additional resources from throughout the country are ready to mobilize and offer additional assistance as needed.

A total of 42 mobile kitchens – each with the capacity to serve an average of 1,500 meals per day – are headed to forward staging areas in Dallas and San Antonio in preparation for deployment. 10 of those units are from The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Disaster response leadership teams will be positioned in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas City, Houston and Corpus Christi to coordinate the ongoing disaster response.

“We will be staging a supply of water, cleanup kits, food, and shelter supplies at our 100,000 square foot disaster warehouse in Arlington and we are hopeful that we can identify additional warehouse facilities close to the worst affected areas in the coming days,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army Emergency Services Director for Texas. “We are grateful to our partners during times of disaster like Americares who are providing bottled water and the Midwest Food Bank who have four tractor trailers of food boxes headed for Texas.”

Salvation Army units throughout the state are working closely with local Emergency Operations Centers and community partners. Many have opened their doors as emergency shelters and others are supporting city and American Red Cross shelter operations with mass feeding. In Corpus Christi The Salvation Army provided 164 heater meals on Friday and have distributed 2,000 snacks and 1,200 bottles of water since Thursday at the FEMA dome and to evacuees boarding buses to San Antonio.

“The Salvation Army is already at work in many communities that find themselves in the path of the storm and has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900,” said Migues. “We are committed to serving the needs of those impacted as long as is necessary.”

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800- SAL-ARMY.

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.

Disaster Service Begins After Harvey Landfall in Texas

Disaster Service Begins After Harvey Landfall in Texas

Salvation Army disaster teams from Texas are traveling the length and breadth of the Lone Star State headed to the staging area in San Antonio following Harvey making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. From there they will be deployed to the areas of greatest need as the devastation caused by the storm becomes apparent.

In Corpus Christi, Salvation Army staff spent the night alongside first responders and law enforcement personnel at the FEMA dome. Led by Captain Patrick Gesner, the team served coffee and meals throughout the day. “We ventured out in the early hours and it appeared that The Salvation Army building was intact. We collected some extra food from our freezer and fired up the generator on the mobile kitchen.,” said Captain Gesner. “We’ve already been serving coffee this morning and the police and first responders have expressed how pleased they are we are here. Our focus today will be cooking and serving meals at the FEMA dome while the city assessment is taking place.”

Captain Gesner and his team, including Gustavo Perez, Business Manager, and Yamid Duarte, Communications Director, delivered food to one of the city shelters at Robstown Seale Junior High on Saturday morning. “We delivered hot dogs and about 900 bottles of water to the shelter which was housing around 50 people,” said Duarte. “Our team, although exhausted responded to as many requests for assistance as possible. We were excited to see the mobile kitchen from the Laredo Corps arrive this afternoon!” 1,200 meals, 300 snacks, and 45 cases of water were distributed in Corpus Christi on Saturday.

The Texas Division fleet of 34 mobile kitchens will be joined by 10 units from the neighboring Oklahoma Arkansas Division along with an Incident Management Team. The Florida Division has deployed two mobile bunk houses and two shower units to Texas.

Flooding remains a major concern for the coming days with torrential rain forecast as the storm stalls over South Texas. A Salvation Army team and two feeding units from Austin will visit hard-hit Victoria first thing on Sunday morning as the needs assessment continues. It is expected that a number of mobile kitchens will be deployed to affected communities along the coastline on Sunday while others remain in anticipation of service needs in San Antonio where many evacuees have sought shelter.

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800- SAL-ARMY.

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.