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2018 Hurricane Season Begins June 1 – The Salvation Army Stands Prepared for Active Season

MEDIA RELEASE

6/1/2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jan Gunter, Communications Director, 512-634-5910

2018 Hurricane Season Begins June 1 – The Salvation Army Stands Prepared for Active Season

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is preparing for the possibility of an active 2018 hurricane season, officially beginning on June 1 and running through November 30.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was a hyperactive and catastrophic season, featuring 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes – ranking it alongside 1936 as the fifth-most active season since records began in 1851. The first disaster response by The Salvation Army took place in 1900 when a devastating hurricane destroyed Galveston, Texas, killing more than 5,000 people. The devastation was so significant that the National Commander at the time, Frederick Booth-Tucker, ordered Salvation Army Officers from across the country to proceed to the disaster site to provide spiritual and practical assistance. At that time, there were no mobile kitchens, so the officers walked the streets giving people water and coffee.

Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall along the Texas coastline on the evening of August 24, 2017, prompted the largest Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) relief efforts seen since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Salvation Army EDS teams responded immediately providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. At the peak of service 103 Salvation Army mobile feeding units were working in affected areas delivering more than 950,000 meals, 33,000 food boxes, 92,000 comfort kits and 15,000 cleanup kits in the months that followed. Relief efforts continue in affected areas and have transitioned from response to recovery with families and individuals meeting with regional Salvation Army case workers in the effort to put their lives back together.

Salvation Army EDS teams throughout Texas stand prepared and ready to respond once again. Statewide, the organization operates a fleet of 31 mobile kitchens, five rapid response vehicles, two field kitchens with the combined capacity to produce 25,000 meals per day, one communications unit, and a command unit. “One of the strengths of The Salvation Army EDS structure is that it is rapidly scalable in times of disaster,” said Alvin Migues, EDS Director for The Salvation Army, Texas Division. “Our mobile kitchens are assigned to Salvation Army units around the state and can be mobilized very quickly to respond to an event. Additionally, The Salvation Army has its own disaster training curriculum and we have fully trained teams ready to deploy literally at a moment’s notice.”

“The work of The Salvation Army touches every zip code in Texas,” said Migues. “With the generous support of donors and committed partners our trained staff and volunteers stand prepared to meet the challenges and resulting needs of the 2018 hurricane season.”

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

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Responding to Bastrop County Fires

TSA Emergency Disaster Service canteen and volunteers ready to assist

TSA Emergency Disaster Service canteen and volunteers ready to assist

The Salvation Army Responding to Bastrop Fires

AUSTIN, TX (October 15) – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service teams in the Texas Division have been deployed to provide assistance to Bastrop County. On Thursday, two Salvation Army teams were deployed to Bastrop County where a wild fire has consumed 4,200 acres, destroyed 9 homes, and is threatening an additional 150 residences. The Williamson County canteen and Bryan College Station Rapid Response Unit are working to support first responders battling to control the blaze that is expected to grow in the coming days due to the very dry conditions in Central Texas.

Disaster teams will be providing meals and hydration to firefighters, other first responders and survivors through our mobile canteen and mobile response unit. Earlier in the week the Williamson County canteen served 30 firefighters at a blaze in Taylor that, fortunately, was quickly contained.

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www. salvationarmyaustin.org.

Individuals can make a financial donation in support of The Salvation Army fire relief efforts:

Donors are reminded that when you donate to The Salvation Army for a disaster, 100% of those donations go toward that disaster.

The Salvation Army is not able to accept donated goods for disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

About The Salvation Army
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 126 years in the Austin area. Locally thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

Salvation Army Texas Laundry Unit

Salvation Army Laundry Unit Deployed to Wimberley

Salvation Army Texas Laundry Unit

Meal Delivery and Distribution of Supplies for Survivors Continues

Austin, Texas (May 30, 2015) – The Salvation Army has deployed a laundry unit to Wimberley, Texas, giving flood survivors the welcome opportunity to wash their clothes. Emergency disaster services volunteers and staff continue to provide hot meals, cold drinks and much-needed hygiene supplies and food boxes to residents cleaning up from flooding.

The laundry unit is located at 100 Carney Lane in Wimberley (78676) and is a totally self-contained facility with its own electrical generator and on board water tank. The unit is air-conditioned with three washers and three dryers allowing people to wash clothes as often as needed. The Salvation Army furnishes all of the necessary supplies, and a monitor is on the scene, helping to maintain the unit and provide assistance.

The Williamson County mobile kitchen, operated year-round entirely by volunteers, provided roving meal delivery service in Wimberley on Friday. The San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 E. Hopkins, was very busy on Friday as The Salvation Army served meals to 1,588 and 3,973 drinks to flood survivors. Two mobile kitchens from the San Antonio Area Command provided service, with one of the units roving through the worst affected areas serving lunch.

The community has rallied to the support of their neighbors donating many basic necessities including diapers, wipes, toilet paper and hygiene items. The Salvation Army organized and distributed these items, as well as food boxes to families and even took care of four legged family members, by having much requested dog and cat food available.

The Salvation Army staff will be offering assistance at the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in the following communities:

Wimberley MARC – Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, Texas – Open 5/29/15-5/30/15 (8AM-8PM)
San Marcos MARC – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Claretian Hall, 624 East Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas – Open 5/31/15-6/1/15 (8AM-8PM)

Elsewhere in Texas, The Salvation Army provided drinks and snacks to people caught in flash flooding in Dallas and Houston after persistent, heavy rain. Meal service continued in Henderson by the Tyler Corps canteen.

Emotional and spiritual support is an integral part of Salvation Army disaster response. Salvation Army Officers (ordained pastors) and trained staff are available to listen to the often tragic experiences of disaster survivors and to provide prayer and counseling.

Please support the ongoing disaster work of The Salvation Army and help Texans affected by recent floods by making a financial donation at salar.my/floods by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply) Text HELP for help. Text STOP to unsubscribe.

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army flood relief, please visit: http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/and follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

About The Salvation Army
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 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.