Salvation Army Canteen tornadoes

Disaster Teams Respond to Tornadoes in Van Zandt County

Dallas, TX  – On Saturday evening, powerful storms in East Texas produced three significant tornadoes in Van Zandt County. The Salvation Army deployed one mobile kitchen on Saturday evening and two additional units were dispatched on Sunday morning.

“A number of Search and Rescue operations are continuing this morning throughout the East Texas Region and we have seen reports of 5 fatailities and up to 50 people injured,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Texas Division. “The Salvation Army units will be supporting the Search and Rescue efforts and we are working closely with the Incident Command and partner agencies to provide appropriate assistance moving forwards.”

Within hours of the tornadoes touchdown on Saturday evening, one Dallas Fort Worth Area Command canteen arrived at the staging area at Canton High School. Two additional full size canteens from DFW deployed on Sunday morning and additional Salvation Army units in North Texas are on standby. Trained Service Unit volunteers from the region are moving in to assist the canteen crews.

Donations to support the ongoing Salvation Army response efforts can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online at

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.