Hurricane Harvey: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Update
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. To date, The Salvation Army has deployed 78 mobile feeding units to Texas. Salvation Army trained disaster workers are being deployed to the stricken area from across the United States and Canada.
OVERVIEW OF SERVICE
The Area Command relocated to Dallas on Monday while five Incident Command Teams are actively coordinating service delivery and assistance based in Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, and Victoria. Local response units are providing assistance in Abilene, Freeport, Galveston, Killeen, New Braunfels, Orange, San Antonio, Temple and Wharton. 74 mobile feeding units are supporting shelter operations, first responders, and communities in 13 counties along the Texas coastline: Bell, Bexar, Calhoun, Comal, Galveston, Harris, Hays, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, Tarrant, Taylor, and Victoria.
One Field Kitchen in Harris County, and another in Beaumont are supporting local feeding operations. A laundry unit has been deployed to Freeport.
Salvation Army local units have been operating emergency shelters accepting evacuees in the following eight locations: Abilene, Angleton, Corsicana, Freeport, Galveston, Houston Harbor Light/Red Shield, Waco, and Wilkerson.
The Salvation Army has secured warehouses in Corpus Christi, Victoria and Houston. These locations will support our warehousing and feeding efforts along the coastline.
33 mobile feeding units and response teams serving survivors and first responders provided drinks, snacks, water, hygiene items, clean up kits, and spiritual care. The Salvation Army staff continue to assess the need and opportunities for ministry in unserved areas as they become accessible and need is apparent.
Best Buy has agreed to donate 100 tablets and the ESC team will be trained in how to use them to assist clients in signing up for FEMA assistance. Also, the IC Team hopes to release a Google Survey for those clients to take as they sign up so that we can better assess specific needs.
The Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) will begin transition from the NW Corps to Area Command, located close to downtown, on Tuesday.
Emergency shelter is being provided to evacuees at the Harbor Light/Red Shield Lodge, Sally’s House and Family Residence.
CORPUS CHRISTI AREA
13 mobile feeding units and teams are deployed in the Coastal Bend area providing food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care to Gregory, Port Aransas, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Ingleside on the Bay, Holiday Beach, Lamar and Taft as well as The Corpus Christi Salvation Army. The count of meals served in the area doubled in number on Tuesday.
DALLAS FORT WORTH
The numbers of evacuees staying in local hotels is increasing rapidly. Mobile feeding units are providing meals at several hotels were FEMA is placing evacuees as well as area shelters. Salvation Army staff will continue to monitor this situation in an effort to ensure that all evacuees receive assistance, even if they are not part of the FEMA program.
The Salvation Army is providing meals at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas and the Wilkerson Greines Recreation Center in Fort Worth. The distribution of clothing and other essential items continues to area shelters. It is anticipated that three additional shelters will open in the area this week.
THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE – BEAUMONT, ORANGE, PORT ARTHUR
The Golden Triangle team (GTT), now based in Beaumont, is operating 10 mobile feeding units and 2 catering trucks. A field kitchen arrived today and is expected to be fully operational by Wednesday.
Two mobile feeding units served in Orange where the US Army delivered two truckloads of water to The Salvation Army Corps on Monday for distribution. Four units served in Port Arthur.
Lunch and dinner was served at fixed sites in Beaumont while three other units drove through the community offering assistance. Plans are in place to establish the Corps as a “comfort station” providing a range of services including meals, clothing vouchers, and a shower unit. Extensive clean-up and preparations continue at the warehouse where about 40,000 sq. ft. is ready for deliveries.
The Salvation Army is serving in Victoria, Seadrift, Calhoun County, Refugio, and Port Lavaca. Fallen trees continue to impede access to some area for a full-size feeding unit and so teams plan to use catering trucks. Support in Calhoun County continues to grow as families return home and begin the recovery process. Many in this county live below the poverty level and were impacted by major wind and water damage. Multiple canteens are serving at specific locations in this county as well as roaming in communities where service is needed.
A mobile kitchen was sent today to provide feeding and emotional and spiritual support. It was noted that multiple other groups were actively feeding in the community in addition to The Salvation Army. Therefore, it was determined that The Salvation Army will seek new locations to provide service, possibly in Woodsboro.
Galveston – Four new mobile feeding units were deployed today. Continued lunch/dinner service to the Dayspring Church relief center in Santa Fe and meals at the Hometown Heroes Park in League City. Three meals a day are being served in Dickinson at the city’s hurricane recovery center as well as area neighborhoods to people who could not make it to the distribution site. Survivors are also receiving cleaning kits and hygiene kits.
The Galveston Island Center of Hope continues to operate as a disaster shelter and feeding meals to anyone who needs them.
San Antonio – Mobile feeding units providing meals to evacuees in area motels in San Antonio and Comal County.
Killeen – Evacuee population has dropped below 200. No indication that the city will receive more evacuees. Equipment and personnel are being evaluated for other areas.
Abilene – Providing shelter and meals in their facility to small number of evacuees from Houston.
Austin – The mobile kitchen teams from Austin have returned from the coast to serve in La Grange, about an hour south-west of Austin, where the Colorado River has experienced historic flooding and affected more than 500 homes.
Other local units providing services: Freeport, Orange, Temple and Wharton
As of September 4, The Salvation Army has served 234,629 meals, 170,585 snacks, and 227,275 drinks statewide in response to Hurricane Harvey. ESC Officers have spoken with 10,341 individuals.
To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555.
For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx. To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.salvationarmysouth.org/harvey.