Salvation Army Rallies to Texas Tornado Site in Beaumont

(Beaumont, TX)- The Salvation Army of Texas has been busy this summer as in years past, preparing to respond to any potential storm threats during the 2009 Hurricane Season. “Yesterday, we were called to respond to a different kind of natural emergency in Beaumont, Texas” said Major James Taylor. “Hurricane season may be in full swing, but we are also ready and prepared locally to meet the needs of other storms and emergencies like this one, year round” he finished.

The Salvation Army was quick to deploy yesterday in response to the unexpected EF-1 tornado that ripped through a busy shopping area in Beaumont, Texas. A mobile feeding unit was sent to the most affected location, beside the local Wal-Mart and Kohl’s stores. Service to cleanup and repair crews began right away.

Major Floiran Estrada, The Salvation Army Officer who oversees the Beaumont area said that service will continue today to responders as needed. “Fortunately there were no fatalities or damage to residential areas,” he said. The Salvation Army will continue focusing services towards supporting cleanup crews and workers on site who are in need of refreshment.

Please visit www.salvationarmytexas.org/news/ to continue following Salvation Army response to the Beaumont Tornado. The number of individuals served through the mobile feeding unit will be posted later today.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.