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The Salvation Army Expands Service as Teams Deploy to Accessible Areas in Texas


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 Salvation Army in Omaha is on stand-by for man power and equipment. Visit www.salarmyomaha.org for more information or to donate.

Greater Houston Area

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.”

Corpus Christi Area

In the Southeast 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 significant 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.

Dallas-Fort Worth

The City of Dallas opened shelter at the Dallas Convention Center on Tuesday morning. The Salvation Army assumed the responsibility of feeding those who stay there.

San Antonio

Additional units remain staged in San Antonio preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.

Central Texas

The Kerrville team is serving meals at two local shelters. Temple Corps has opened an emergency shelter. Two mobile kitchens from Austin are serving at a shelter in Seadrift, Texas. Lubbock mobile kitchen served in Belton, outside of Temple. As of Monday evening, August 28, 6,288 meals, 7,162 snacks, and 5,664 drinks have been provided in Central Texas.

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555. At this time, in-kind donations are not needed.