Harvey: The Salvation Army activates emergency disaster response team

STATEWIDE – In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army has activated all of its United States and Canadian emergency disaster response assets.

The Salvation Army officers from Delaware are being deployed to Texas with a round of volunteers following in two weeks to provide food, shelter and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this ongoing devastating weather event.

The Salvation Army:

  • Is procuring and staging truckloads of food boxes, clean-up kits, comfort kits and other bulk distribution items in Dallas until down range facilities are identifies.
  • Has a national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers and a fleet of more than 500 mobile feeding units that can be deployed.
  • Is deploying 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens to Texas. Each of these Salvation Army mobile kitchens can serve an average of 1,500 meals per day.
  • Has served approximately 3,000 meals, snacks and drinks (reported service stats are on 24-hour delay).
  • Is serving at emergency shelters throughout Texas, including in hard-in Pasadena and flood-prone Houston.
  • Has provided 400 cots to the City of Dallas for emergency shelter.

As communities become accessible, Salvation Army mobile emergency feeding and hydration vehicles and personnel are moving through the affected areas providing food, water and hot drinks as well as emotional and spiritual support to residents and first responders.

This will continue until it is no longer needed.

“Our hearts break for our brothers and sisters in Texas and continue to pray for the safety and comfort,” said Major Paul Cain, Delaware State Coordinator.  “We also stand with and support our fellow Salvation Army personnel and other relief responders as they serve and minister to those who have been affected by the flooding.”

Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected to be costly and last for years.

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial contribution.

Household goods, clothing, and other physical items are not being accepted at this time.

Donations can be made:

  • Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
  • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Text to give: STORM to 51555
  • By check: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 (Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks)

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming operates from community centers and residential facilities throughout Delaware, offering: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation. The Salvation Army in Delaware serves 30,000 individuals each year through these various programs

For more information, please visit http://www.salvationarmydelaware.org/.

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