How Is The Salvation Army Responding to Hurricane Harvey?
The Salvation Army is:
- Deploying 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens to Texas. In addition to units already based in Texas, mobile kitchens from Arkansas and Oklahoma are being sent to the region over the weekend.
- Each of these Salvation Army mobile kitchens can serve an average of 1,500 meals per day.
- Staging emergency supplies such as cleanup kits, water, and food at its 100,000 sq. ft. disaster center in Arlington, Texas, and at points nearer to the coast.
- Working closely with local and state emergency management officials and nonprofit partner organizations like Americares (which is providing bottled water) and Midwest Food Bank (which is providing food boxes).
- Positioning disaster leadership teams in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas City, Houston, and Corpus Christi.
- Preparing units in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states to respond to potential flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
- Staffing the Texas State Operations Center in Austin, TX, and FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C.
- The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi is concentrating their early efforts to feed 200 first responders are staged at the FEMA Safety Shelter dome this morning. “We collected some extra food from our freezer and fired up the generator on the mobile kitchen,” reported Captain Patrick Gesner. “We’ve already been serving coffee this morning and the police and first responders have expressed how pleased they are we are here. Our focus today will be cooking and serving meals at the FEMA dome while the city assessment is taking place.”
IMPORTANT Fundraising Information!
With the potential for Hurricane Harvey to impact multiple divisions, the following donations channels have been established to begin raising funds for this event:
Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Mail checks to: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ on all checks.
To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555