Salvation Army Units on Standby Across Texas As Hurricane Harvey Approaches
Dallas, Texas (August 24, 2017) – As Hurricane Harvey rapidly moves towards the Texas coastline The Salvation Army continues to make preparations to provide relief and assistance to those in the path of the storm.
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 stocked and deployed to serve in the immediate aftermath of the storm's landfall in the Corpus Christi area. An additional 27 mobile kitchens currently stationed in locations throughout the state are on emergency standby ready for deployment.
“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 both 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, who are 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.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.