The Salvation Army Volunteer Team from Williamson County Departs October 7 to Provide Relief following Hurricane Matthew
UPDATE (October 7, 2016) – The Salvation Army Incident Management Team from Texas scheduled for deployment to Florida was asked to stand down this afternoon. This includes both leadership staff and local mobile kitchens. The team from Williamson County that departed this morning will return home and will wait for further word to learn if they will deploy later. The impact of Hurricane Matthew and related damage to the area of Florida assigned for Texas EDS response was not as serious as first anticipated
Salvation Army disaster units and staff in Texas will remain on standby for the coming days. While our local team has been recalled, Salvation Army disaster teams from across the Southern states continue to respond to significant storm impact in northern Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and our team remains ready to serve. Go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org for the latest information or to make a donation. You can also donate by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.
AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 6, 2016) – The Salvation Army Austin emergency disaster services unit departs Friday morning, October 7, with four volunteers, a mobile canteen and a mobile catering truck to provide food, hydration and support to first responders and survivors of Hurricane Matthew. This volunteer-led team is part of a massive mobilization of Salvation Army teams from around the country.
The Salvation Army has 75 mobile feeding units, capable of producing 1,500 meals per day, stationed in states threatened by Hurricane Matthew. These include 32 units in Florida, 22 units in Georgia, and 20 canteens in the Carolinas. Twenty-two additional feeding units have been deployed from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia to the affected area. Seven more canteens are on standby in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Two field kitchens, capable of producing 15,000 per day are stationed in Florida. A third field kitchen from Texas is being deployed to a temporary staging area in Tallahassee. Two additional field kitchens, located in Texas and Mississippi, are on-stand-by.
The Salvation Army has deployed two satellite communications units in support of disaster operations; one unit is deploying to Florida and the second is stationed in North Carolina.
Salvation Army liaisons are being dispatched to state emergency operations centers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and the FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center in Atlanta. The Salvation Army is also staffing numerous county emergency operations centers in impacted states.
How People Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.
It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program:
- Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
- Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks.
- Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
IN-KIND DONATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC OR COMMUNITY GROUPS
Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. This may (or may not) change once the storm has made landfall and a more complete assessment of survivor’s needs are known.
However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing, used furniture, and other items to your local Salvation Army Family (or Thift) Store.
The Salvation Army recruits and deploys disaster workers through its local Salvation Army units. To register as a disaster worker: Register online at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. If you are a new volunteer, registering today, bear in mind that The Salvation Army typically uses trained disaster workers already associated with The Salvation Army FIRST.
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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 126 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 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.