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The Salvation Army of Texas Disaster Relief

Multiple County Response Ongoing

Dallas, Texas (June 1, 2016) –  The Salvation Army Texas Division continues to support widespread response efforts across Texas due to the recent severe weather providing food and hydration services to first responders and residents as well as distribution of cleaning supplies.

Salvation Army staff is involved in the State Operations Center and in several local Emergency Operations Centers. Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas said, “Coordinating a large scale response of this kind is very challenging particularly as many roads are closed due to rising water. Entire towns are being asked to evacuate but many people do not want to leave their homes. The Salvation Army is committed to helping those affected in what could be a long-term response effort, involving multiple units over a large area.”

After sustained heavy rain that began before the Memorial Day weekend several counties in the state, particularly between Austin and Houston, are facing widespread flooding and the threat of rivers cresting near or above record levels.

Brazoria County

The Salvation Army of Freeport, in preparation for the forecasted flooding, has a team on stand-by to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care. Several cities including Wharton, Rosenberg and Simonton are under mandatory evacuation orders.

In partnership with Mercy Chefs and county emergency management, The Salvation Army has deployed a kitchen to the city of Angleton to support feeding operations in Brazoria County.

300 food boxes, 6 pallets of water and approximately 400 clean up kits have been staged at our facility in Freeport to support response efforts.

Staging of additional staff and other resources is being considered based on forecast.

Brazos County

The Salvation Army of Bryan/College Station has representation at the City of Bryan EOC and continues to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and residents affected by the current severe weather.

Chick-fil-A in Bryan has donated lunch sandwiches in support of the relief efforts and Walmart provided a van load of snacks, drinks, water and tarps.

Fort Bend County

The Salvation Army Houston Area Command is establishing an Incident Command Team at Houston International Corps to respond in Fort Bend County by providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care.

Stephens County

The Salvation Army delivered water, at the request of DDC Abilene, to the City of Breckenridge due to their water plant not functioning.

Travis County

The Salvation Army Austin Area Command – the Williamson County volunteer disaster team provided food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and residents in the affected areas of southeast Travis County.

Washington County

Cots, blankets, water and hygiene products have been delivered to the town of Brenham in support of shelter operations.

Brown County

The Salvation Army of Brownwood is prepared to provide food, hydration and emergency shelter in partnership with local emergency management, CERT, American Red Cross and the County Health Department.

All Salvation Army units across the division have been briefed on the current situation and are on stand-by.

Donations to support the ongoing Salvation Army response efforts can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online at http://tsatx.org/TX_Floods

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

The Salvation Army of Texas Disaster Unit for Intense Storms

Salvation Army Responds to Memorial Weekend Storms

Dallas, Texas (May 29, 2016) – Intense storms have resulted in damaging tornadoes, heavy rain and yet more flooding affecting numerous communities in Texas over the Memorial weekend. The Salvation Army has mobilized disaster teams to provide relief, basic necessities, and emotional and spiritual care to affected communities.

As of Sunday morning, May 29, 17 counties and multiple cities in Texas were experiencing moderate to major flooding. The Texas Division is currently supporting response operations in Bryan, Conroe and Brenham, and Salvation Army staff is manning the State Operations Center which is at Level 3 – Increased Readiness Conditions. As flood waters rise in the coming 24-48 hours it is expected that additional support and response will be required in the Houston area, in Freeport where 700-800 homes are estimated to be affected, and in several Service Extension Unit areas.

Disaster volunteer Dwayne Walters is the coordinator of The Salvation Army Bryan College Station disaster response team. Dwayne and his wife, Diane, have already been deployed for several weeks since January this year, serving tirelessly during disaster events in Dallas, East Texas, Austin, and El Paso. On Thursday afternoon the Walters’ home town of Bryan was hit by a tornado and around 30 houses were affected along with significant flooding in the city. “By Thursday evening we deployed the Rapid Response Unit and were providing roving assistance in the impacted areas,” said Dwayne. “Our team consists of Advisory Board members, volunteers, and young people from the Corps and it is a privilege to be serving people from our own community. We will be out here as long as these folks need our help.”

In addition to Bryan College Station, the Texas Division is supporting current response efforts in Montgomery and Washington County, providing food, hydration, cleaning supplies, and spiritual care to first responders and residents.

The Salvation Army has been called upon to respond to an unusually high number of disaster events in Texas over the last 12 months, providing more than:

  • 91,000 Prepared meals
  • 140,500 Drinks
  • 84,00 Snacks
  • 5,000 Individuals assisted
  • 8,850 Clean up kits
  • 12,500 Comfort kits
  • 3,200 Food boxes
  • 13,500 Cases of water

The Emergency Disaster Services team in the Texas Division will be carefully watching the weather in the coming days and several additional units are on stand-by and are prepared to respond if necessary.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

From Addiction to Independence at The Salvation Army

Mother DaughterHeather Jackson finally hit rock bottom after more than six years of drug addiction. She needed help but had no idea where to find it.

“I was trying to figure out what to do. I’d just left an abusive relationship and with nowhere else to go, I walked to my parents’ house,” said Heather. Her parents called the police and from within a holding cell she made up her mind to clean up her life.

Heather learned about and checked in to the Reconnect rehabilitation program at The Salvation Army Center of Hope in Tyler.  The six-month faith-based program was better suited than other shorter programs that were near her Bryan College Station home. The structure and discipline of the program was initially a major adjustment and challenge for Heather. However, she was determined to be successful despite seeing friends and other program participants fail. At one point she was the only female in the program and received individual attention and counseling, for which Heather is so grateful.

Throughout her time in Tyler, Heather’s family continued to provide love and support from afar. Her mother, Penny Jackson, spent countless hours volunteering as a bell ringer for The Salvation Army in Bryan-College Station throughout the Christmas season, as a testament to the program that saved her daughter’s life.

“She went to Tyler with literally nothing but she found God and recovery through The Salvation Army,” said Mrs. Jackson. “She was raised knowing about God, but it took her to drop to zero in order to receive the blessing. The Salvation Army saved my daughter.”

In October 2015 Heather graduated after 10 months in the Reconnect program and continued to live at The Salvation Army, while all the time gaining confidence and independence.

“It’s hard to believe where I am today. I’ve graduated the Reconnect program and am 370 days sober,” said Heather. “I’ve got a good job, have moved into my own apartment and bought a car. I am so grateful to The Salvation Army and am excited to be able to mentor and share my experiences with other women who struggle with addiction.”

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