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Hurricane Harvey 2017/Emergency Disaster Services Team

Local Salvation Army on Standby as Hurricane Harvey Approaches

Austin, Texas (August 25, 2017) – As Hurricane Harvey rapidly moves towards the Texas coastline, The Salvation Army is making preparations to provide relief and assistance to those in the path of the storm. The Salvation Army team in Williamson County is stocking its mobile kitchen with food to distribute up to 750 meals per day along with drinks and snacks to first responders and survivors. The volunteer team is on standby to serve where needed.

Several truckloads of emergency supplies including pallets of water, energy drinks, clean up kits and shelter supplies have been dispatched to strategic locations along the Texas coast. Seven Salvation Army mobile kitchens have been deployed to serve in the immediate aftermath of the storms landfall in the Corpus Christi area. An additional 27 mobile kitchens across Texas are on emergency standby ready for deployment, including the Williamson County canteen.

“The Salvation Army mobile kitchens are one of the first response vehicles to arrive on the scene following a disaster. Our trained staff and volunteers will be ready with a hot meal, a snack and a cup of coffee or bottled water for first responders and survivors,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We pray that this simple meal delivered with a smile and words of encouragement will nourish and lift the spirits of those who come to us for help.”

In addition to the fleet of mobile kitchens, The Salvation Army in Texas also operates two field kitchens and a laundry unit that can be deployed as needed. The ability to wash and dry clothes can be of significant value to a survivor during a disaster particularly following extensive flooding.

“One unique aspect of Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response is the area of emotional and spiritual care,” said Migues. “Salvation Army Officers (ordained ministers) and trained volunteers are available to listen to, counsel, and pray with survivors and first responders. This ministry continues to be an integral part of Salvation Army disaster service.”

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800- SAL-ARMY. Mail Checks to: The Salvation Army, PO BOX 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ on all checks. 

For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

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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 128 years in the Austin area. Locally  tens of 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 self-sufficiency. Eighty-three 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 SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin/