Salvation Army response was deemed necessary during the Easter holiday weekend, and disaster workers quickly moved to action taking mobile feeding units full of food and water to serve victims and first responders. Canteens deployed came from Ft. Worth, McKinney and Sherman, Texas.
To date it has been reported that the fires have damaged over 192,000 acres of land across North Texas. The majority of people served through The Salvation Army efforts have been first responders and over 500 people have received emergency services through the canteens.
“Most of the people we have been serving are first responders, firefighters and forestry workers. Hundreds of victims were able to find refuge with their families and friends. We prepared for the worst case scenario and will remain until we are no longer needed,” said Major James Taylor, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army of Texas.
The Salvation Army began preparing as early as Thursday afternoon last week, to respond to the Wildfires which sprung up across North Texas that same day. Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers from across the state were put on standby and ordered to stock, fuel and prepare the fleet of mobile feeding units for deployment to areas most damaged by the fires.