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.

The Salvation Army Responding to Catastrophic Flooding in Southeast Texas

The Salvation Army Responding to Catastrophic Flooding in Southeast Texas

Continued rainfall from Hurricane Harvey presents extreme danger to the Gulf Coast. The Salvation Army in Texas is providing food and hydration to first responders and is preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents. In response to increased needs, The Salvation Army is activating emergency response teams across the country.

“As the situation in south Texas continues to worsen following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, The Salvation Army has activated all of its US and Canadian emergency disaster response assets.

These units are able to provide food, shelter and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this ongoing devastating weather event,” said Major C. Mark Brown, Director of Business Operations for The Salvation Army Texas Division.

Salvation Army locations in Houston and the surrounding areas are providing shelter, food, and clothing in response to dramatic flooding in the city. On Sunday afternoon in both Pasadena and Texas City a number of people were transported to The Salvation Army in the back of dump trucks having been rescued from rapidly rising flood waters.

Mobile kitchens from McAllen, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Dallas Fort Worth served meals, drinks and snacks to residents and first responders in the hard-hit city of Port Aransas, Driscoll and Corpus respectively. More than 3,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served.

10 additional mobile kitchens and an Incident Command Team from Arkansas and Oklahoma arrived in in Corpus Christi on Sunday evening ready to begin service on Monday. An Incident Command Team from Florida will support the relief efforts in Houston by the middle of the week.

As communities along the coastline become accessible, Salvation Army mobile emergency feeding and hydration vehicles and personnel are delivering service to the affected areas. Service will continue for as long as is necessary.

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.

Texas Salvation Army Ready and Prepared to Respond to Tropical Storm Harvey

Dallas, Texas (August 23, 2017) – As Tropical Storm Harvey redevelops and threatens the Texas coast, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams across the state are on standby and prepared to respond as needed. Mobile kitchens are stocked and ready and clean up kits and water have already been dispatched to key areas for distribution.

The Salvation Army staff are working closely with the both state and city emergency agencies in anticipation of a widespread relief effort along the coastline potentially from extreme South Texas through Lake Jackson. Rainfall totals of 10-15″ with isolated amounts of 20″ are possible in the area.

“The Salvation Army has more than 115 years of experience in disaster relief efforts since officers were first called to respond to the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. It is because of this tradition of service and our mission to meet human need that The Salvation Army stands ready to help,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Texas Division. “We will continue to closely monitor the developing situation as Tropical Storm Harvey makes landfall and moves through the region in the coming days. Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers will be ready to respond.”

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.

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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With Tropical Depression Harvey Reforming in Gulf of Mexico, ALM Canteens on Standby

JACKSON, MS  – With Tropical Depression Harvey moving back into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi(ALM) is preparing for the severe weather Harvey might bring to the Gulf Coast. Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army ALM, Terry Lightheart says there is a strong likelihood Harvey could grow stronger as it moves through the Gulf.

“We are monitoring the storm closely,” said Lightheart. “We have all our canteens or mobile feeding trucks and personnel on standby to respond if we are needed.”

Lightheart says Harvey is expected to impact the coastlines of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi within the next two to five days.

“Right now, we believe the biggest threat is from flooding, so we are asking residents to stay alert to their local weather reports,” said Lightheart. “And remember, large amounts of can fall in a short amount of time and flooding can impact communities quickly, especially in low lying areas.”

Lieutenant Richard Watts is Corps Officer at the Lake Charles, Louisiana Salvation Army. At this time, Southwest Louisiana is expected to receive heavy rain from Harvey.

“We have our canteen ready to respond when called upon,” said Lieutenant Watts. “We are staying in touch with local partners so we can work together to provide the best service should our community be affected. We know rain is on the way. What we don’t know is how much.”

The Salvation Army is working with state emergency officials monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey as it moves closer to the coast. The Salvation Army is prepared to provide food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care to communities affected by the storm in the coming days.

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.

Tampa Bay Salvation Army is Monitoring Tropical Storm Emily and Ready to Deploy

Tampa Bay, FL (July 31, 2017) – Salvation Army units throughout Tampa Bay are prepared and on stand-by to help residents as Tropical Storm Emily hovers over the area today and tomorrow. With a presence in every county throughout Florida, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to support emergency management personnel and our local communities.

Trained, dedicated staff and volunteers are actively monitoring the weather across the bay area and are in regular communication with officials throughout the region. During the last few months leading into hurricane season, The Salvation Army has hosted several trainings for staff and volunteers.

Because The Salvation Army has a long history of response in disaster situations – large and small – a net of trained personnel and response vehicles (mobile feeding units) designed for rapid and free-standing response are ready to be deployed.

“While Tropical Storm Emily is not a major hurricane, indications are that this is going to a major rain event for all of south Florida,” says Kevin Smith, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Florida. “We encourage everyone to take this time to make sure they have a disaster preparedness plan in place.”

For information on how to create a disaster preparedness plan, or become a volunteer with The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyTampaBay.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.

Salvation Army Enters Second Week of Feeding After Military Plane Crash

Itta Bena, MS (July 17, 2017) – The Salvation Army, Greenwood Corps will continue feeding military personnel and law enforcement for a second week as the investigation and recovery operation is ongoing in Leflore County, Mississippi. Fifteen Marines and one naval corpsman were killed when their KC-130 military plane crashed last Monday afternoon.

“The Marines are still here, law enforcement is still here, so The Salvation Army will be here as long as there is need,” said Lieutenant Jamaal Ellis, Greenwood, Mississippi Corps Officer.

The Salvation Army began feeding Tuesday. Over the weekend, the transition was made to provide breakfast and lunch while local churches provide dinner. The Salvation Army also uses its mobile feeding truck to serve snacks and provide hydration to personnel at the crash site.

“We are working with the area Southern Baptist Association, Mississippi Valley State University and several churches, said Lt. Ellis. “This is just a bunch of folks coming together to help our military, our emergency responders and our law enforcement as they work in the extreme heat.”

So far, in the six days The Salvation Army has served in Leflore County, we have provided 1,773 meals, 2,800 drinks, 575 snacks and prayed with six individuals. With our officers, volunteers and employees have worked 174 hours.

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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