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.
City of Dallas opened shelter at the Dallas Convention Center on Tuesday
morning. The Salvation Army assumed the responsibility of feeding those who stay
Additional units remain
staged in San Antonio preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.
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.