Texas City, Texas (June 12, 2019) – Emergency Disaster Services staff and volunteers from The Salvation Army Galveston County Command participated in the Texas State Guard hurricane evacuation drill this week. This event simulates a disaster response effort and agencies practice in real-time preparing their personnel to receive, shelter and provide care to area residents in the event of severe weather evacuations. The airlift exercise participants included the Texas Department of Emergency Management, the Texas Military Department, the Texas State Guard and the Texas Air National Guard. The Salvation Army prepared and served meals, one of our primary functions during any disaster response, to the participants of the exercise in multiple locations.
Jimmy Stanford, Texas Divisional Emergency Services Manager said, “This event provides The Salvation Army disaster response teams a chance to practice our support services alongside the first responders in a realistic environment. Collaboration between multiple agencies is crucial to the success of any disaster response and training events of this kind enhance the ability of our teams across the state to effectively respond, as and when we are needed.”
The Salvation Army EDS teams in Corpus Christi and Victoria will be participating in the upcoming State of Texas Hurricane Exercise.
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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.