Disaster Updates from The Salvation Army of Texas

The Salvation Army Disaster Canteen Serving At The Panhandle Wreck

The Salvation Army Disaster Canteen Serving At The Panhandle Train Wreck

Serving Those Affected With Food, Water, & Spiritual Care 

 

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The Salvation Army is a first responder when a disaster occurs. We are on site at the Panhandle train wreck to provide food and water to those affected by the disaster, volunteers, and any armed forces on site. The disaster canteen is prepped and already on site serving 200 meals for lunch and will be serving 200 for dinner as well. The Salvation Army Disaster Team is also readily available to provide spiritual and emotional support to anyone in need.

 

For more information about The Salvation Army programs, services, or to volunteer please call our main office at (806)373-6631 or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyAmarillo. Secure donations can be made online at www.salvationarmytexas.org/Amarillo or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY(Specify Amarillo).

The Salvation Army of Texas

Partners Provide Support to Salvation Army Response

Dallas, TX (June 8, 2016) – The Salvation Army in Texas continues to provide widespread response following flooding in and around the state, particularly in Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Montgomery Counties.

Eight Salvation Army disaster teams operating mobile kitchens are working around the clock to deliver much needed meals, drinks, cleaning supplies, and encouragement to those affected by flooding. Trained disaster crews have traveled from as far as Plainview, San Angelo, and Austin, to provide support to the work being done by local Salvation Army teams from the Houston area.

“We continue to see conditions improving in most areas of the state but there are still areas of concern along the Brazos River,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director, for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We are monitoring the situation and responding in communities that are just now seeing the water starting to recede.”

Several national and local partners have come forward to provide much needed support to the ongoing response effort. Target has generously donated $100,000 in Target GiftCards to be distributed by The Salvation Army in the hardest hit areas, while Walmart has provided supplies and food in various cities. AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization, have donated four truckloads of bottled water, given by Nestlé Waters North America, and comfort kits that have arrived in Southeast Texas for families in need. Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief organization has deployed their team of professional chefs to feed survivors and first responders. Additionally, local partnerships from companies including H-E-B, Chick-fil-A, and Boys & Girls Club, have provided meals and much needed volunteers.

Brazoria County

The Salvation Army of Freeport is coordinating response efforts with three mobile kitchens, a field kitchen operated by Mercy Chefs, and one Rapid Response Unit (RRU) to provide feeding and hydration to first responders and residents. Distribution of clean-up kits, food boxes and hygiene kits is ongoing and 10 tents were provided for DPS check points.

The Salvation Army is serving meals at the following locations:

  • Angleton ISD Shelter 1800 Downing Angleton
  • Angleton High School 1 Campus Drive
  • Angleton Fire Station, Angleton EOC 111 East Magnolia Street
  • Roaming S of 35 to CR332
  • Brazoria Fairgrounds
  • Roaming 521
  • Red Cross & TSA Shelter CR 332, CR409 and 35

 

The Salvation Army is also providing roving services in the housing subdivisions of Holiday Lakes, W. Columbia and Angleton.

Fort Bend County

The Salvation Army Houston Area Command is operating three mobile feeding units and a RRU and is currently serving in the following locations:

  • 110 Hwy 90ALT, Richmond
  • 1600 Ave D, Rosenberg
  • Rivers Edge
  • Roving various neighborhoods in Richmond and Rosenberg
Montgomery County

The Salvation Army Pasadena Corps continues to respond with food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care as well as distribution of cleaning supplies, hygiene products and household food boxes to those in the Kingwood area.

Hidalgo County

At the request of the City of Mission, The Salvation Army in McAllen has been feeding first responders and residents in neighborhoods damaged by recent storms. This proved to be a community effort as the local H-E-B donated food, snacks and drinks, and even delivered ready-made lunch bags, while volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club helped prepare food in the Corps kitchen and served on the mobile kitchen along with Salvation Army staff and volunteers.

All Salvation Army units across the division have been briefed of the current situation and have been placed on increased readiness.

Total assistance provided since May 28:

Meals                13,805               Clean-up Kits                309

Drinks              12,562               Comfort Kits                303

Snacks              11,408               Tarps                            14

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 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.

 

Houston Flood Volunteers

Doing The Most Good by Joining Forces

Dallas, Texas (April 25, 2016) – In times of disaster, The Salvation Army is grateful to collaborate with so many wonderful partners. The recent flood in Houston is no different.  Houstonians, area companies, and organizations have rallied around The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command to help provide relief and comfort to flood survivors.

With a record 16 inches of rain in the Houston area, donations, help, and volunteers from Mercy Chefs, Renaissance Food Group, Cox Media Group – 93Q, Convoy of Hope, UberEATS, Garden Highway Foods, Country Legends 97.2, 107.5 The Eagle KSBJ, Harvest Time Church, Pei Wei and others, have assisted The Salvation Army in distributing:

  • 7,638 meals
  • 9,605 drinks
  • 9,526 snacks
  • 1,267 clean-up kits
  • Prayer with 1,021 individuals

Working together to serve others in their desperate time of need is a privilege. Salvation Army disaster teams from Texarkana, Tyler, Conroe, Pasadena, DFW (Plano), Houston Northwest, and Kerrville have all made their way to Houston to provide much needed service and relief to those affected by the flood.

Meal service and clean-up kit distribution:

GREENSPOINT AREA

A roving canteen (mobile kitchen) will be on Green Road, between Wayforest Drive and Imperial Valley Drive throughout the week based on need, providing sack lunches and clean-up kits to the apartments located in the area.

PINEHURST

Pinehurst by Magnolia (in Montgomery County). Delivering dinner for 125 people Monday night as well as meals to this area for the remainder of the week. Clean-up kits also available. Currently, this area has no electricity.

BEAR CREEK AREA

Two snack trucks will be roving in the Bear Creek area for the remainder of the week.

MEYERLAND AREA

Meals and clean-up kits will be available at two apartment complexes in Meyerland: 5550 N. Braeswood Blvd and 4605 N. Braeswood Blvd.

 

Financial donations to support the ongoing flood relief work of The Salvation Army in Houston can be made at http://tsatx.org/houstonfloods, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Houston Relief Effort

Salvation Army Teams Work Together in Houston Relief Effort

Houston Relief Effort

Dallas, Texas (April 20, 2016) – Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers in Houston are working together to provide emergency assistance to those affected by extensive area flooding.

More than 400 meals and 40 clean-up kits were distributed to residents of two apartment complexes again on Wednesday by the disaster team from The Salvation Army Pasadena Corps while the Northwest Corps mobile kitchen served 450 meals in the Greenspoint area. Meanwhile, the mobile kitchen and team from Kerrville, who made the four hour trip to Houston on Tuesday, established fixed meal service at the Harvest Time Church in Greenspoint distributing more than 250 meals and 150 clean-up kits.

Captain Lacy Parrish, from Kerrville, reflected on her day of service – “It has been a long and busy day working disaster response in Houston, serving meals to many individuals and families and handing out cleaning supplies. We’ve been so blessed to serve the people in this community. We’ve heard their stories of tragedy and loss. We’ve laughed and cried with some, but most importantly, we’ve prayed with many and shown the love of Christ.”

Meal service and clean-up kit distribution will continue on Thursday, April 21, at the following locations:

  • Harvest Time Church, 17770 Imperial Valley Dr, in the Greenspoint area – 9 AM snacks and water, 11:30 AM lunch, 5 PM dinner. Clean-up kits also available.
  • Cypress/Fairbanks area, roving mobile kitchen service and clean-up kits.
  • Apartment complexes located at 5550 and 4605 North Braeswood Blvd – lunch and dinner.

Staff and volunteers at The Salvation Army Northwest Corps Community Center, located at 12507 Windfern, continue cooking and preparing meals to be loaded and delivered by the mobile kitchens. Several regular church activities have been canceled and church members have volunteered their time to help in food preparation and delivery.

Four sites have been designated as donation collection sites in the Houston area. Only non-perishable food items, new towels and blankets, hygiene items, diapers, baby wipes and water are being accepted.

  • Bee Busy Wellness Center:  8785 W. Bellfort, Houston TX 77031 (Mon–Fri 8:30 am – 7:30 pm, Saturday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm)
  • Loving Word Fellowship:  170 Rittenhouse, Houston, TX 77076 (Mon – Sat 8:00 am – 6 pm)
  • LAMIK:  2610 Greenbriar Dr., Houston, TX 77098
  • (Tues – Sat 10:00 am – 7:00 pm)
  • Community of Faith:  1024 Pinemont Dr., Houston, TX 77091 (Mon – Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Donations to support the ongoing flood relief work of The Salvation Army in Houston can be made at http://tsatx.org/houstonfloods, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  

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 the 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.

Donate to The Salvation Army to help those affected by the Houston Floods

Houston Residents Receive Assistance From The Salvation Army

.Houston Residents Receive Assistance from The Salvation Army

Dallas, Texas (April 19, 2016) – Three Salvation Army mobile kitchens ventured out into the flooded streets of Houston, Tuesday, delivering food, relief and hope to affected communities.

The disaster team from The Salvation Army Northwest Corps prepared and delivered sack lunches to the Greens Road area of the city. In the space of only 20 minutes more than 200 lunches were distributed. Later in the day 600 meals were served in Greenspoint and to a local juvenile detention center that had been impacted by flooding. The mobile kitchen and team from Conroe was deployed on Tuesday afternoon to provide additional support.

Residents of the Nob Hill apartment complex in Southwest Houston received dinner from the Pasadena Salvation Army mobile kitchen. Staff and volunteers served 200 meals and distributed 48 clean-up kits. Major Floiran Estrada spoke with one resident who explained that the water level reached 18 inches inside her apartment. This is the second time in the space of about 12 months that her apartment has been flooded and once again she has lost many of her belongings. Major Estrada was able to pray with the individual and will return to visit her again in the coming days.

400 clean-up kits were delivered on Tuesday and will be distributed by the Pasadena and Northwest Corps. As the response effort continues to grow two additional Salvation Army mobile kitchens have been called in to help and will be arriving on Wednesday.

Emergency Disaster Services staff from The Salvation Army state headquarters arrived in Houston on Tuesday evening and will assess the situation over the coming days and direct the ongoing Salvation Army relief efforts.

“Our mobile kitchens were able to reach hundreds of people in need today, many who have been without power and whose homes have been flooded,” said Alvin Migues, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director for Texas. “With additional disaster units and personnel arriving on Wednesday we expect to be able to deliver meals, clean-up kits and support to even more people as the week continues. This is going to be a long and difficult clean-up and recovery process and The Salvation Army will be here to help.”

Donations to support the ongoing flood relief work of The Salvation Army in Houston can be made at http://tsatx.org/houstonfloods, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  

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 the 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

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The Salvation Army Prepares to Respond to Houston Floods

Houston Floods The Salvation Army of Texas Donate Now

Dallas, Texas (April 18, 2016) – Significant overnight rainfall has resulted in flash flooding in the Houston area prompting The Salvation Army to ready local disaster response units. Many highways and neighborhoods are flooded after more than 16 inches of rain fell in only a few hours.

Major David Feeser (Houston Northwest Corps) is coordinating the response efforts that will include mobile kitchens from The Salvation Army locations in Pasadena, Conroe and Houston Northwest. Other disaster units from around the state are on stand-by and will be deployed as needed. Teams will deliver meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and affected individuals, responding initially in the Greenspoint and Meyersland areas. Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers will be ready to serve as needed throughout the coming days as the waters recede and the immediate needs of the community become clearer.

A tractor trailer load of Salvation Army clean-up kits – containing a mop, broom, bucket, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, towels, rags, and gloves – will arrive in Houston tomorrow providing essential items for those who will begin the clean-up process. A load of food boxes is expected to arrive by the end of the week.

“We have three mobile kitchens stocked and ready to deploy as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Major Feeser. “The Salvation Army will be working closely with partner agencies and the City of Houston to assess the areas of greatest need. We are committed to serving those who find themselves in times of crisis whether that be through a hot meal, a cold drink, or an encouraging word or prayer.”

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

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 the 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.