Emotional and Spiritual Care Officers Deploy with Texas Command Units

Gonzales, LA (September 10, 2021) – Ten Salvation Army Officers (pastors), with specific training in Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) during disaster response, arrived in Gonzales on Wednesday afternoon. The ESC Officers deployed on Thursday with mobile feeding unit crews ready to meet and minister to storm survivors in impacted communities in Louisiana,

Captain Jeremiah Romack, the Senior Kroc Center Officer in Kerrville, Texas, is responsible to coordinate the ESC efforts. “I am so pleased to have the ESC Officers in place at the Gonzales Command Post. Our crews have been doing a tremendous job over the last 10 days or so ministering to the practical needs of Hurricane Ida survivors by providing more than 150,000 meals,” said Romack. “We are now in a position to expand that practical ministry with a focus on how folks are dealing with their respective situations emotionally and spiritually. People are under a great deal of stress and pressure right now. Our team are prepared and ready to listen, encourage, and most importantly pray with those they meet.”

The mobile feeding unit staff and volunteers typically work in pairs. They are responsible to drive to their pre-determined location, set up the service area, unload the containers of food, and serve as many as 1,200 meals. “The addition of an ESC Officer not only lends an extra set of hands during set up and tear down, but also means that someone is readily available to greet those coming for a meal, and just spend a little more time in conversation and sharing with each person,” said Romack.

Officers in the ESC team are from the Potomac and North & South Carolina Divisions. They will be deployed in southern Louisiana for 14 days. “In Lockport, while picking up a hot meal, a community member said to me, ‘I knew that Jesus was here when I saw The Salvation Army truck pull up,’” said Lt. Jimmy Pierre, ESC Officer from Burlington, North Carolina. “That’s what our ministry is all about.”

The Salvation Army will continue a supply distribution at South Terrebonne High School (3879 LA-24, Bourg, LA, 70343) on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 from 9 AM- 1 PM. A mobile feeding unit will also be stationed at the High School serving hot meals. On Thursday, individuals and families from bayou communities visiting the High School distribution received 140 tarps, 2288 boxes of water (2.5 gallons per box), 2000 hygiene kits, 1040 food boxes, 224 infant kits, 4480 PepsiCo breakfast boxes, and 2496 clean up kits.

“Distributions play a vital role in a community’s recovery. Several days after the storm, families are ready to get back into their homes, but need support to keep them there as they start to rebuild,” said Kathleen Kouns, Long Term Recovery Program Manager for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Clean-up kits, hygiene kits, food boxes and tarps provide that essential support to sustain families, provide hope, and cultivate a sense of normalcy during their recovery process.”

The Salvation Army continues to expand service south reaching the hardest hit communities. On Friday, mobile units will be serving in Golden Meadow (2 units), Galliano, Dulac, Chauvin, Cut Off, Larose (3 units), Houma, Bayou Blue, Lockport, Albany, Gray, LaPlace, and Bourg (South Terrebonne High School). Service addresses can be found at https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/aboutus/?IdaFacts. Cleanup kits and other supplies will be provided to residents of Grand Isle who will be allowed to return and assess damage to their homes for the first time, on Friday.

The mobile units from the Gonzales IMT have served 150,711 meals, 68,021 drinks, and 38,005 snacks, making 9,582 emotional and spiritual care contacts since 8/31/21. The Salvation Army has served 262872 meals, 151072 drinks, and 68200 snacks, across the state in response to Hurricane Ida, activating 49 mobile feeding units.

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

 

Teenager Collaborates with Salvation Army to Support Underserved Communities

Gonzales, LA (September 9, 2021) – While service delivery continues throughout impacted communities in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida, The Salvation Army Texas Incident Management Team (IMT) is focusing on reaching some of the hardest hit southern Bayou communities. While visiting affected areas on Wednesday, Salvation Army staff met a young lady who is doing incredible work supporting recovery efforts in her community.

 

Lindsey Dupre is 19 years old. She is a volunteer firefighter in Point Au Chene, LA, running emergency calls for the area, while studying nursing with the goal to eventually work with Arcadian Ambulance. Since Hurricane Ida tore through the region, Lindsey has been tirelessly working to help her neighbors and community.

 

“The Fire Chief told us the storm was going to be a bad one, so we evacuated on Saturday before Hurricane Ida made landfall,” said Lindsey. “We drove to Sulphur, LA, and didn’t come back until Friday. On Monday morning I started working to get help for our community and establish a distribution point for people in Point Au Chene and the other bayou communities down here.”

 

The fire station was significantly damaged by the hurricane, and the Fire Chief said that Lindsey could set up the distribution in front of the station which is next door to her family’s home. “I decided I would do this for my community and just told myself I could make it happen,” said Lindsey.

 

Alvin Migues and Kathleen Kouns from The Salvation Army Texas IMT continued needs assessment in affected areas on Wednesday. Managing a fleet of 18 mobile feeding units delivering hot meals, water, and emotional and spiritual care into the region, the pair met Lindsey in Point Au Chene. “Our team has begun to focus its relief efforts on small southern bayou communities that were unable to receive emergency assistance due to impassable roadways and no power,” said Kouns, Long Term Recovery Program Manager for The Salvation Army in Texas. “As cellphone and internet service has improved, we’ve been able to connect with locals like Lindsey, asses their needs, and deliver relief items into the heart of these communities.”

 

A box truck from The Salvation Army pulled into Point Au Chene on Thursday, loaded with pallets of water, cleanup kits, hygiene kits, tarps, and food boxes provided by Midwest Food Bank, a long-time disaster partner. Staff were even able to secure pet food to be distributed by volunteers, coordinated by Lindsey.

 

“The Salvation Army came back, just like they said they would. The need is great and the further you drive the more devastation there is,” said Lindsey. “There are Indian tribes living further down the bayou and they have been hit really hard and are looking to us for help. I’d like to thank The Salvation Army for recognizing our small community. We wouldn’t have important items like the cleanup kits, tarps, or food boxes without them. It’s really a massive help.”

 

Information is slow to reach and make it out of this area of Louisiana which has not received any media coverage related to storm damage. “One of the major challenges has been letting those who want to help know about the needs and challenges down here,” said Lindsey. “That’s what makes it all the more amazing to me that The Salvation Army reached out and arrived with support today.”

 

Only a few miles away, at South Terrebone High School where Lindsey helps teach band, The Salvation Army will provide a three-day distribution of clean up kits, food boxes, baby supplies, water (Primo Purified Water 2.6 gallons), hygiene kits, and PepsiCo Breakfast Boxes. The distribution, targeted specifically for those living in southern Bayou communities, is located at 3879 LA-24, Bourg, LA, 70343 and will be open beginning Thursday, September 9, through Saturday, September 11, from 9 AM-1 PM daily. A mobile feeding unit will also be stationed at the High School serving hot meals.

 

 

The Salvation Army continues to reach into hard-hit southern Louisiana Bayou communities. On Wednesday, mobile units will be serving in Hammond, Houma, Bourg, Golden Meadow, Gray, Lockport, Dulac, Albany, LaPlace, Chauvin, Bayou Blue, Cut Off, Larose, Galliano, Monagut, and Point Au Chene. Service addresses can be found at https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/aboutus/?IdaFacts.

 

The mobile units from the Gonzales IMT have served 132,389 meals, 84,805 drinks, and 30,150 snacks, making 7,263 emotional and spiritual care contacts since 8/31/21. The Salvation Army has served 233,294 meals, 141,053 drinks, and 57,128 snacks, across the state in response to Hurricane Ida.

 

Many people visited the distribution site in Point Au Chene on Wednesday, collecting items and receiving a hot meal. “Lindsey is an amazing young lady and is accomplishing great things, dramatically impacting lives in her community and beyond,” said Kouns. “The Salvation Army is committed to reaching underserved, hard-hit communities, just like Point Au Chene, as we work to deliver physical, emotional, and spiritual support to those affected by Hurricane Ida.”

 

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

 

 

A Passion and Heart to Serve

Gonzales, LA (September 8, 2021) – When Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, August 29, the powerful storm resulted in damage and destruction throughout southern Louisiana and beyond. For one Salvation Army employee, her passion and heart to meet the needs of others impacted by the storm mean serving in her very own neighborhood and city.

Angela Brown is from Gray, Louisiana, and is The Salvation Army Service Center Manager in Houma, LA. “Just like many of my neighbors, my home was damaged by the storm,” said Angela. “My ceiling collapsed, and I’ve had water leaking in my home, and there’ll be even more today since it’s raining. Down my street was total devastation. We had several trees fall, and power lines are down. It was bad.”

After recovering from an extended illness that prevented her from working, Angela came across an opportunity with The Salvation Army. “Once I was able, I was looking for work and particularly an opportunity where I could help people,” said Angela. “When I was ill, so many people helped me, and so I wanted to give back and serve others. So, when I found the Service Center Manager position with The Salvation Army, I knew that was the job for me. I’ve worked for The Salvation Army now for 11 years.”

Despite the damage to her own home, Angela and her daughter have spent most of this week volunteering. They’ve worked alongside Salvation Army mobile kitchen crews from Texas, providing meals, water, and encouragement to her neighbors in Gray, Houma, and surrounding communities. She has served as a liaison within her community, making connections that have enabled The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team to provide swift and effective assistance in the most impacted locations.

Angela spent Sunday afternoon working with volunteers from Lubbock, Texas, stationed at a gas station in her home city of Gray. “A steady line of cars drove through to receive a hot meal. It appeared that Angela knew almost everyone in line,” said Philip Burn, Public Information Officer for the Texas Incident Management Team. “It was wonderful to see her greeting her friends, responding with a smile and a word of encouragement, as she delivered the meals and water.”

“I’m out here helping because that’s my passion, to help people. I ride around town, and I see some of these people, and they have nothing,” said Angela. “What I have lost I can get back. But some of these people have houses that have literally fallen to the ground, so I want to help them recover in any way I possibly can. And if today that help is in the form of a hot meal, I’m happy that I can represent The Salvation Army in this community and be a helping hand to them.”

 

Angela’s home city and much of the surrounding area continue to be without power since Hurricane Ida moved through the area little more than a week ago. It could be several weeks before electricity is restored. Many residents are facing an uncertain future with damaged houses and no answers in sight.

“The people in our community need our help,” said Angela. “We need donations and volunteers. Now is the time for us to come together, stand together, and begin to rebuild.”

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

Texas EDS Team Serves 20,000 Meals in First Two Days of Service in Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA (September 2, 2021) – The Texas Incident Command team, based just outside of Baton Rouge, has served more than 20,000 meals in the first two full days of active response after Hurricane Ida. Mobile units have delivered meals, water, and MREs to multiple communities without power throughout southern Louisiana.

Seventeen mobile units load up with meals and supplies each morning before heading out for a long day of service. Teams are driving to affected communities as far as 90-minute from the command post. As of Thursday morning, the Gonzales Incident Post has served 20,814 meals, 14,248 drinks, and 5,945 snacks.

“Our staff, volunteers, and operations are really finding our rhythm and we are seeing great service taking place. It typically takes a couple of days for everything to fall into place,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army. “These are long days for our crews. They report at 8 AM and don’t return until 7 PM. We’re seeing that most of our mobile units are serving until they run out of food each day.”

On Thursday, mobile units will be serving in Hammond (2 units), Houma (2 units), Kenner (2 units), Livingston Parrish (2 units), Napoleonville (2 units), Baton Rouge, Thibodaux, La Place, Raceland, Larose, Morgan City, Amelia, Cut Off, Bourg, and two Polaris ATV units will be roaming in the Gonzales area.

In Baton Rouge, a mobile kitchen will be stationed at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Hwy. For additional assistance in Baton Rouge please call (225) 355-4483. Assistance and food are not available at the Incident Command Post.

Linda, a trained EDS volunteer from Lufkin, Texas, is serving on a mobile kitchen this week. “We’ve seen lots of trees and power lines down, and people working on their homes and properties as we’ve traveled to our serving location,” said Linda. “We set up at a gas station that was closed and without power, right across from a neighborhood. It didn’t take long for word to spread and in no time at all there was a steady stream of people from the neighborhood coming for a meal. I served one family of twelve who hadn’t had a hot meal since Sunday. They were so grateful for the help from The Salvation Army and wanted to be sure that we’d be back tomorrow.”

“We anticipate that meal counts will continue to rise in the coming days and will have a second field kitchen operational by end of day, Thursday,” said Migues. “Our staff and volunteers are in great spirits and are committed to meet the needs in communities impacted by Hurricane Ida. The Salvation Army was active in many of these communities before the storm, and we’ll be there long after.”

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

Polaris Donates ATVs and Generators to Support Hurricane Ida Response Effort

Baton Rouge, LA (September 1, 2021) – Polaris has generously donated two ATVs and ten generators in support of The Salvation Army Hurricane Ida response effort in Louisiana. This equipment has already significantly enhanced the response effort and the effectiveness of the Incident Command Post.

 

Most of the area around the Incident Command Post, located in Gonzales, LA, is without power after Hurricane Ida moved through the area on Sunday, damaging much of the power grid. The Salvation Army Incident Command Team consists of more than 30 staff members and volunteers in addition to 11 mobile kitchens, a shower unit, bunk trailers, a command post, and more. Each of these units requires power to function.

 

“Setting up and getting any incident command post operational during a disaster is a logistical challenge at the best of times, never mind working without power,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We are using the donated Polaris generators to power just about everything on site from our command post, shower unit, bunkhouses, radios, computers, and kitchen. Even the simplest of tasks would be significantly more difficult without power this week, and so we are very thankful for the gift of electricity and the generators from Polaris.”

 

Any response effort after a hurricane or tornado requires access to roads and neighborhoods that have experienced physical damage. The Texas IMT is currently deploying 18 mobile feeding units each day to impacted cities throughout southern Louisiana, delivering hot food and cold water to affected residents. This regularly means encountering down power lines and trees, storm debris blocking access, and damaged vehicles.

 

“Our full-size mobile kitchens and even our Rapid Response Units can sometimes find it impossible to get into affected neighborhoods,” said Migues. “This is where the Polaris ATVs are beneficial. We can deliver food and water to individuals and families that otherwise would be cut off until roads are cleared, which can sometimes take several days.”

 

On Wednesday afternoon, the Polaris ATVs deployed for the first time. They delivered hot meals to homes without power in a neighborhood close to the Incident Command Post where power lines and trees obstructed the roads. Disaster volunteers delivered meals and water to several families who said that this assistance from The Salvation Army was the first help they had received since the storm passed.

 

“Corporate and community partnerships are key to any successful disaster response effort,” said Migues. “The Salvation Army is grateful for generous partners, like Polaris, who come alongside us with very practical support that makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.”

 

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

 

Grateful Communities Receive Meals from The Salvation Army

Baton Rouge, LA (September 1, 2021) – Salvation Army mobile kitchens from Texas deployed into impacted areas of Louisiana on Tuesday, delivering close to 9,000 meals to individuals and families struggling after Hurricane Ida. Many communities remain without power, with storm debris and isolated flooding causing additional challenges.

The Incident Command Post in Gonzales, LA, was fully functional early on Tuesday morning, and the ongoing collaboration with the Southern Baptist Convention Texas Field Kitchen saw food being prepared and loaded onto waiting Salvation Army mobile units by mid-morning. Units each received their assignments, driving for the first time into communities in the southern region of the state with several traveling more than an hour to specified locations.

“The first day of disaster operations is always something of a challenge,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “There are so many moving parts to an operation of this scale and there remains a number of significant unknowns. We have crews driving on roads that may be flooded in places, blocked with trees and down power lines, and pulling into communities for the first time. As well as service delivery we continue on something of a fact-finding mission. I am so proud of our Salvation Army staff and volunteers who have worked around the clock to get this command post operational and are already delivering practical assistance to those in need.”

Close to 9,000 meals were served on Tuesday, in more than 10 cities. In several locations, the arrival of The Salvation Army mobile units was met with long lines of traffic with residents eager to receive their first hot meal since Hurricane Ida moved through Louisiana, leaving so many without power. “God bless you for being here and helping us,” said a grateful resident of Hammond, LA, who had patiently waited in the drive through line to receive 5 meals for their family. “We heard The Salvation Army would be coming today and you all are a real blessing. Thank you!”

On Wednesday, mobile units will be serving in Hammond (2 units), Houma (2 units), Thibodaux (2 units), Kenner (2 units), Livingston Parrish (2 units), Baton Rouge, La Place, Napoleonville (2 units), Gonzales, and two units will be roaming in affected communities.

Seven additional units arrived at the Incident Command Post from the Oklahoma Arkansas Division on Tuesday evening and will further expand the reach and capacity of assistance in the coming days. Salvation Army operations are also in place in other impacted areas of the state including New Orleans and the Gulfport region.

“We anticipate ramping up service to close to 20,000 meals a day. Our team continues to assess the specific needs of communities impacted by Hurricane Ida,” said Migues. “We’re off to a tremendous start and our staff and dedicated volunteers are focused and prepared to deliver meals, water, and a word of encouragement and a prayer to those we encounter.”

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

The Salvation Army Continues Ida Relief

Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, August 29, on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as a category 4 hurricane. Now, with the death toll rising, one million Americans still without power and over a foot of rainfall in some areas, The Salvation Army is providing assistance and relief to survivors and first responders.

The Salvation Army continues their massive operation to meet immediate need through feeding, sheltering, emotional and spiritual care, and other services for those affected by power outages and torrential flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi. Emergency response teams are already on the ground in Louisiana and surrounding states, with additional canteens, supplies and volunteers on the way.

“Power is still out in Louisiana and many parts of Mississippi and now the states are experiencing rising temperatures,” said Jeff Jelletts, Emergency Disaster Services Director of The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory. “Despite these hurdles, we are continuing with our mission to provide relief to as many survivors as possible. Our teams are equipped with supplies, food and water and are prepared to provide emotional and spiritual support to our neighbors. Financial contributions continue to be the best way to support response efforts so we can continue to provide assistance.”

Disaster Preparedness Overview (August 31, 2021 | As of 11 a.m. ET)

  • Staging centers for relief supplies and assets have been established in Beaumont, TX and Jackson, MS
  • Three incident management teams have been deployed to Louisiana from surrounding states.
    • Two are staging in New Orleans, and one in Gonzales.
  • Over 140,000 meals are already prepared for distribution
  • As many as 55 mobile feeding units are en route to serve food, drinks, supplies and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.
    • Each mobile feeding unit can serve 500 to 1,500 meals per day.
  • The Salvation Army is working in partnership with the Southern Baptists who will be deploying three field kitchens with the capacity to serve 15,000 meals
  • Fixed Corps locations are being prepared to provide feeding and other needed support to those affected.
  • Salvation Army disaster personnel are collaborating with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies and other partners to respond to and monitor potential impacts and evolve response efforts as needed.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Ida relief:

  • Visit helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Text GIVE to 52000 to donate $10 automatically through your cell phone bill

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

Texas Salvation Army Units Commence Service After Hurricane Ida in Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA (August 31, 2021) – An Incident Management Team from The Salvation Army in Texas arrived in Baton Rouge on Monday afternoon after staging over the weekend in Beaumont, TX. As damage and needs assessment continues in the area, 11 Salvation Army mobile kitchens will commence service on Tuesday.

The Salvation Army Command Post is set up in Gonzales, LA, and will serve surrounding communities impacted by Hurricane Ida. In addition to mobile kitchens, Rapid Response Units, staff housing, and required support equipment, a Southern Baptist Texas Convention Field Kitchen is on site, with the capacity to prepare 20,000 meals each day. Meals prepared by the Field Kitchen will be loaded onto Salvation Army mobile kitchens and sent out for delivery.

Service locations have been established in Baton Rouge (1 unit), Houma (2 units), Thibodaux (1 unit), La Place (1 unit), Kenner (1 unit), Raceland (1 unit), Albany (1 unit), Hammond (1 unit), and Napoleanville (1 unit). Each unit will serve hot meals, shelf stable meals and water. Specific service locations will be made available as soon as available.

Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas, said, “We moved all units from Texas into Baton Rouge once it was safe to do so after Hurricane Ida moved through the area. The Incident Command Post is now set up and functional and we anticipate meal service beginning in surrounding communities on Tuesday. Power outages present the most significant challenge at this time, but we continue to assess damage and the needs of each community.”

Trained Salvation Army disaster volunteers from throughout Texas answered the call to serve in Louisiana. “Our volunteers are quick to respond, and we have a terrific team in place that includes units, staff, and volunteers from San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Lubbock, Granbury, Lewisville, Plano, Lufkin, Texarkana, and Freeport. Volunteers and staff deploy for 14 days at a time which represents a significant dedication of time, not to mention the physical demands of any disaster deployment. Their commitment to serve the needs of others in crisis is a true representation of The Salvation Army’s mission to meet human need, without discrimination.”

An additional seven response units will arrive on Wednesday from The Salvation Army Arkansas Oklahoma Division.

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

The Salvation Army in Texas Staging for Potential Response to Tropical Storm Ida

Dallas, Texas (August 27, 2021) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster (EDS) teams in Texas are closely monitoring and preparing for a potential response to Tropical Storm Ida, forecast to make landfall as a major hurricane along the Gulf Coast late on Sunday. EDS staff and response units will pre-stage in Beaumont, TX, this weekend.

The projected storm track currently forecasts that the rapidly developing system will make landfall along the Louisiana coastline, posing a threat of heavy rainfall and potential flooding in Southeast Texas. Salvation Army EDS teams in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and several other southern states are mobilizing personnel and units in anticipation of any potential response.

Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas, said, “At this stage, we are in regular communication with The Salvation Army units in Texas coastal locations and will continue to monitor the storm and any local threat. We are mobilizing and pre-staging an Incident Management Team and ten mobile kitchens in Beaumont, along with other equipment, including a field kitchen and command unit. This will put our team in a position to respond in Southeast Texas and provide support to our neighbors in Louisiana.”

In addition to a fleet of more than 35 mobile kitchens assigned year-round to locations in Texas, The Salvation Army also operates a command unit, refrigerated truck, a laundry unit, shower unit, bunkhouse, and two Field Kitchens. These large field kitchens can produce between 15,000-20,000 meals per day.

The Salvation Army in Texas provides EDS training opportunities throughout the year, so staff and volunteers are constantly ready to respond, often with very little notice, to provide support and assistance during times of disaster.

“We held an Incident Management Team training only last weekend in Arlington. We never know when we will be called to respond. Ongoing training is key to successful deployments and effective response efforts,” said Migues. “The Salvation Army continues to focus on the provision of meals and hydration to both first responders and affected communities, as well as emotional and spiritual care.”

For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

After Finally Returning Home, Texas Teams Reflect on Hurricane Delta Deployment

Dallas, Texas (October 28, 2020) – After several months of consecutive disaster response efforts, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams from Texas have finally returned home. 2020 has been a difficult year for so many people and communities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For many, these challenges were exasperated by a particularly active hurricane season that significantly impacted communities along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, requiring large-scale response efforts and the implementation of significant safety and operational protocols from The Salvation Army and its partners.

“This has been a very unique hurricane season, dealing with the demands of a global pandemic along with several powerful storms that have impacted Texas and our neighbors to the east,” said Alvin Migues, Director of The Salvation Army EDS in Texas. “Any large-scale response effort, deploying multiple response units from around Texas, dozens of staff and volunteers, and coordinating the delivery of practical assistance is always challenging. Add to that increased cleaning and safety protocols being implemented each day, and you can imagine how tough the past few months have been.”

Many registered and reliable Salvation Army EDS volunteers are older in age, a demographic particularly susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. “We’ve had to work hard and be creative in terms of our staff and volunteer deployments during Hurricane Delta and Laura, without several of our regular and experienced team members,” said Migues. “The team and the crews that I served alongside in Lake Charles were some of the finest individuals that I have had the pleasure to work with. Even with the daunting challenge of potential COVID exposures, our team stood firm in their commitment to serve. I witnessed some of the most inspiring actions to support one another and to continue to focus undistracted on the mission at hand. I was encouraged to see that The Salvation Army is the Army of God prepared to stay the course.”

The response units under the leadership of The Salvation Army Texas EDS team delivered 64,239 meals, 32,328 drinks, 19,482 snacks, and 2,223 food boxes to residents of the Lake Charles area after Hurricane Delta. In support of the clean-up operations, 1,750 hygiene kits and 1,138 tarps were also distributed. EDS staff and volunteers prayed with 2,640 individuals, an integral part of any Salvation Army disaster response effort.

Linda Dowell, who deployed to Beaumont, serving in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura, turned around only a couple of weeks later to deploy again after Hurricane Delta. “It will take years for this area to recover. Story after story of people living in severely damaged homes because they have nowhere to go,” said Dowell from her home in Granbury, Texas. “The need is so great. Continue to pray for this community.”

Professional photographer, Robby Klein from Nashville, spent a day with The Salvation Army EDS teams in Lake Charles. “The Salvation Army set-up in Lake Charles was very impressive. Everything was very focused on their operation and feeding people,” said Klein. “There were a number of older volunteers out there and I watched one lady hauling a case of water almost as big as her that first morning. It was inspiring,”

Klein, who grew up in Southern Louisiana, witnessed first-hand the work of The Salvation Army when his family home was in the path of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “The mobile kitchens and staff received a great reception from those who came for help in Lake Charles. I remember from personal experience during Hurricane Katrina after weeks of surviving on MRE’s what a difference a hot meal made. I spoke to one lady who had been working all hours to repair and clean up her house. The littlest thing – not having to worry about what she would have for dinner that night – meant a great deal to her.”

“The Salvation Army teams were really cranking it out!” said Klein. “The scale and efficiency of the operation was impressive. I enjoyed being able to connect with The Salvation Army and the work they are doing is making a real impact for those affected by the storm.”

Even as the Texas EDS team and volunteers recoup and recover at home in Texas, Tropical Storm Zeta looms in the Gulf, once again forecast to become a hurricane, making landfall along the Louisiana coast.

For the latest information on The Salvation Army response efforts go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org. To make a donation to support ongoing hurricane relief efforts please visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org.