The Salvation Army Providing Critical Services in North Texas Following Severe Weather

Press Release

May 11, 2015 – 3:51 PM EDT
Philip Burn
philip_burn@uss.salvationarmy.org
(214) 956-6243

Dallas, TX (May 11, 2015) – After a weekend of damaging weather in North Texas, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, high winds and flash flooding, The Salvation Army is providing assistance in several communities and stands ready to respond across the state. The State Operations Center in Austin has been activated and a Salvation Army Liaison has been available to coordinate with other State Agencies and Voluntary Agencies in multiple response efforts.

Sunday, May 10, saw response from Salvation Army disaster teams in Abilene, Corsicana, and Tyler. The Abilene Corps was called to provide assistance in Cisco, Texas by the local emergency management agency at 9:00 AM. Staff provided emotional and spiritual care, meals, hydration and snacks to first responders and survivors. The disaster canteen (mobile kitchen) remained on the scene on Monday morning and will stay as long as necessary.

In Corsicana, The Salvation Army was requested to open an emergency shelter by the local Fire Chief at 10:00 PM. The Corsicana Corps provided shelter, snacks and emotional and spiritual care for 16 people following extensive flooding in the area and remain on stand by for this evening. “We opened up the Fellowship Hall as a shelter after receiving the call to help,” said Sgt. Toby Romack, Corps Officer in Corsicana. “There were a number of stranded motorists who had been caught on flooded roads and several other people who were flooded out of their homes and had nowhere else to go. The Salvation Army is here to provide help to those in our community when they need us most.”

A tornado struck the East Texas city of Van late on Sunday evening destroying several homes and forcing some residents to evacuate due to a gas leak. The Salvation Army in nearby Tyler has activated its mobile kitchen and is providing support to first responders and survivors in Van.

With the continued threat of severe weather forecast for the upcoming week The Salvation Army remains on standby and ready to respond where needed.

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

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 Responding at Large Explosion in West, Texas

Dallas, TX (April 18, 2013)—The Salvation Army is responding after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, Texas, just before 8:00 PM, Wednesday evening. The Salvation Army quickly mobilized support teams and by midnight had deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to the area.

The massive blast, that measured 2.1 on the Richter scale, was felt as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. It is estimated that between 50-75 homes have been damaged or destroyed including a 50 unit apartment complex. More than 170 people have been hospitalized with multiple fatalities at the scene.

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The Salvation Army is providing refreshment and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders at several locations in and around West. Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from Waco, Corsicana, Waxahachie, Fort Worth and Williamson County are all serving at the scene. Major Dan Ford, Commanding Officer of the Waco Salvation Army, is the Incident Commander coordinating The Salvation Army response with city and state emergency personnel.

The temperature has dropped dramatically overnight with heavy rain moving into the area. The Salvation Army has 50 cases of rain suits, jackets and blankets to distribute. This morning The Salvation Army is preparing to serve breakfast to 500 people and as the situation develops will remain ready to serve as long as needed.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West, Texas, is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Shakers & Scrapers Car Club of Corsicana Raise Funds


The Shakers & Scrapers Car Club of Corsicana raise funds during the Derrick Days annual event for non-profit charities and organizations. This year they chose The Salvation Army and presented Sgts Romack with a check for the total amount raised! Thanks Shakers And Scrapers!