Salvation Army Units in Texas Prepared to Respond to Tropical Storm Nicholas

Dallas, Texas (September 13, 2021) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster (EDS) teams in South Texas are preparing to respond to potential heavy rain and flooding associated with Tropical Storm Nicholas. Salvation Army staff and trained volunteers, utilizing mobile feeding units, cleanup kits, and other supplies, are ready to serve impacted communities.
“We are carefully monitoring Tropical Storm Nicholas and have mobile feeding units and staff along the Texas coast prepared to respond, if necessary,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Many of our staff and trained volunteers are only just returning home from the first wave of response efforts after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana. The Salvation Army stands ready to serve as needed.”
The storm is currently moving slowly, skirting the Texas coastline, and is expected to make landfall in on Monday evening just north of Corpus Christi. “Heavy rain and potential flooding are the major concern in areas north of Corpus Christi, including Bay City, Freeport, Houston, and the Golden Triangle region,” said Migues. “We have units located throughout the area that can mobilize and respond very quickly.”
Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support ongoing disaster response efforts. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx
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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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Responds in Santa Fe, Texas

This morning, in response to an active shooter incident in Santa Fe, TX, The Salvation Army Galveston County immediately deployed a mobile kitchen to Santa Fe High School.  The Salvation Army is on-site providing water, food, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders. “Our hearts go out to all those who are suffering through this tragedy and we are here to help in any way we can,” said Captain Patrick Jones, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army Galveston County.

Galveston County will continue serving dinner this evening at Santa Fe High School, and a second mobile kitchen from Freeport has been deployed to provide dinner at the Family Reception Center that has been established. Six emotional and spiritual care (ESC) personnel have also been deployed from Freeport and the Greater Houston Area Command to aid the hurting community, provide comfort and if needed, prayer.  The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team in San Antonio is on standby and prepared to respond as needed.

Ford Motor Company Donates Vehicles for Salvation Army On-going Disaster Relief Efforts

 

On Friday, May 11, The Salvation Army, along with seven other local nonprofits, joined Houston-area Ford dealers at the Houston Food Bank for a “Texas is Family” community event to mark Ford’s continued support of ongoing recovery efforts in southeast Texas.

The Ford Fund granted The Salvation Army a total of $500,000, which enabled us to purchase five Ford Edges and four Box Trucks in support of the on-going work of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services in Texas.

FORD EDGES BRING CASE WORKERS DIRECTLY TO SURVIVORS

The Ford Edges are being used by Salvation Army caseworkers who travel across the state to provide assistance to individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

After experiencing the damaging effects of Hurricane Harvey in Port Arthur, TX, the Johnson Family were at wit’s end. They had lost their home, which led them to move into a trailer. “Though we had the dwelling, we didn’t have the essential items,” said Marion Johnson, mother of four. Fortunately, with the help of The Salvation Army and Ford Motors, the road to recovery for the Johnson Family will not be as challenging.

Marion connected with The Salvation Army and one of our regional recovery managers who helped provide basic-items for their new home. “When I saw the Ford Edge stop in front of my home I was excited,” said Marion. The vehicle was filled with household items such as linens, dishes, bedding, and much more. “It was jam-packed from top to bottom, and front to back,” she said. The Ford Edge gave The Salvation Army manager the capacity to transport much-needed household items straight to her home.

Our regional managers travel across the state to work with local community groups and churches to assist families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Ford’s donation allows The Salvation Army the flexibility to meet with clients such as Marion.

FORD BOX TRUCKS AT DISASTER WAREHOUSES

The Box Trucks are assigned to Salvation Army distribution centers, which receive and deploy donated food and products to affected communities. The Salvation Army responded to Hurricane Harvey with mass care and bulk distribution in 35 Texas Counties, serving over 900,000 meals with 105 canteens (mobile kitchens) in operation during the response phase. The added Ford Box Trucks now give the department the ability to dispense to the 9 distribution centers located in the affected areas of Hurricane Harvey.

Currently, more than 16 caseworkers have seen 16,000 clients and have provided more than $6,146,000 in direct assistance.

Thank you, Ford Fund, for your support of The Salvation Army and our on-going relief and recovery efforts.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go towww.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.