Salvation Army Expands Service as Teams Deploy to Accessible Areas in Texas
Austin, Texas (August 29, 2017) – The Salvation Army continues to provide practical assistance and emotional and spiritual care in cities throughout South Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Monday saw a number of areas become accessible for the first time as local law enforcement and city management continue the clean-up process.
The Austin Salvation Army team is serving meals today in Seadrift, Texas, where the town has no electricity and is operating with a boil water notice. Yesterday disaster volunteers served more than 900 meals and expect to serve 1,000 meals today in addition to providing drinks, snacks and emotional and spiritual support for stunned residents who are beginning the job of cleaning up and assessing their damage.
“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.
The Salvation Army is asking for donations from the public to support the massive relief effort that is growing by the day and will continue for months and even years. To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, text, STORM to 51555 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.
As rain continues to fall and flood waters rise in Houston, The Salvation Army is providing emergency assistance throughout the city. Four Salvation Army shelters have opened their doors to those evacuating their homes – Harbor Light Center, Sally’s House, Family Residence and Conroe Red Shield lodge. More than 70 people rescued are currently staying at the Pasadena Salvation Army. As additional areas of the city become accessible Salvation Army units are ready to move in and serve those in need. Other locations remain on standby to serve.
Captain Jay Ward, Commanding Officer of the Houston Northwest Corps, along with his son helped evacuate 32 people by boat in his community. “It’s devastating out here. I’ve been working disaster all my life but this is the worst I’ve seen,” said Captain Ward. “People are coming out in their boats and helping to save people.”
In the Southwest Texas region, an Incident Command Team from Oklahoma and Arkansas began service on Monday based in Corpus Christi. Seven mobile kitchens from that team, in addition to units from Laredo, McAllen, Corpus Christi, Dallas Fort Worth and Austin continue to serve in the region.
Displaced residents from the barrier island of Port Aransas were allowed by law enforcement to return to inspect their homes on Monday afternoon. The Salvation Army McAllen, TX mobile kitchen served meals, snacks and hydration to residents and first responders while a team from Muskogee, OK drove through the devastated streets serving sandwiches and drinks to people working to salvage what they could from their damaged homes. Several people requested prayer from team members.
The cities of Rockport and Aransas Pass found themselves directly in the path of Hurricane Harvey and sustained considerable damage. A Salvation Army team from Oklahoma will establish service in Rockport at lunch time today while a second unit will continue to provide support in Aransas Pass.
Salvation Army Austin team summary:
- Volunteers have served more than 2,000 meals at the shelters in Victoria and Cuero and now in Seadrift where there is no electricity and there is a boil water notice.
- Volunteers are cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner in the mobile kitchen. The mobile catering truck is able to deliver these meals into neighborhoods where people are assessing damage and beginning the cleanup to their properties.
Houston area service summary:
- Shelters open at multiple Salvation Army locations, others on standby to provide emergency shelter
- Mobile kitchens serving at NorthWest Corps, Pasadena and Conroe in addition to Texas City and Galveston.
- Additional mobile kitchens staged and ready to deploy as areas become accessible
- Incident Command Team from Florida arriving on Tuesday
Southwest Texas/Corpus Christi area:
- Six mobile feeding units serving in Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Portland, Tuloso-Midway High School Shelter, FEMA Dome – Del Mar College
- Incident Command Team and seven additional feeding units from Oklahoma and Arkansas began service on Monday
- Roving mobile kitchen service into damaged communities taking place
Other Salvation Army operations:
- City of Dallas opening shelter at Convention Center on Tuesday. Salvation Army will be responsible to feeding operations
- San Antonio Mission Corps staging location for Division
- The Salvation Army laundry unit has been delivered the AT & T Center in San Antonio in support of the first responders.
- Disaster Assistance Center currently supporting Evacuees in Waco with relief supplies
- Kerrville team serving meals at two local evacuation shelters
- Temple – emergency shelter open supported by mobile feeding unit
- Two mobile kitchens from Austin serving at a shelter in Seadrift, Texas
- Lubbock mobile kitchen served 10 buses of evacuees in Belton
As of Monday evening, August 28, The Salvation Army has provided 6,288 meals, 7,162 snacks, and 5,664 drinks.
For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our Austin social media pages at Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.
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/