HOUSTON, Texas. (Aug. 31) – The Salvation Army is responding to the catastrophic flooding in the Houston area and providing relief to first responders and survivors. Since Hurricane Harvey will likely impact more people than Hurricane Katrina, The Salvation Army is establishing multiple staging areas throughout Texas including San Antonio, Victoria, Arlington and Houston to coordinate relief efforts. The Salvation Army’s national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers that has been deployed to Texas is providing food boxes, bottled water, cleanup kits and comfort kits. Staff and volunteers are also serving at emergency shelters and staffing emergency operations centers.

EDS unit in Georgia prepares for deployment

Among those working in these disaster teams is Major Jamie Pennington of the New Albany, IN Salvation Army. Major Pennington will begin working in the Houston area today and will be in contact with local Salvation Army leadership in Indianapolis.

“Every team being deployed in Texas can provide food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this weather event,” said Lt. Col. Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We’re uniquely positioned to provide support and relief to Houston and communities along the Gulf Coast.”

Delivering food and water to survivors in Port Aransas

The Salvation Army has deployed 42 mobile feeding units that each can provide up to 1,500 meals per day, along with two field kitchens that each can serve up to 15,000 meals per day. As of August 30, The Salvation Army has served 57,099 meals, 27,224 snacks, and 41,603 drinks statewide in response to Hurricane Harvey.

Six Salvation Army locations in Houston are continuing to provide emergency shelter to families and individuals who have evacuated their homes:

  • Harbor Light Center – homeless shelter for men
  • Sally’s House – homeless shelter for women
  • Family Residence – homeless shelter for families
  • Conroe Red Shield Lodge – homeless shelter for individuals and families
  • Pasadena Corps Community Center

In the Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend area, feeding operations continue in the following locations:

  • Rockport
  • Port Aransas
  • Aransas Pass
  • Ingleside
  • Portland
  • North Corpus Christi.

The Salvation Army has also been requested to be responsible for food service at the Red Cross shelter at Tuloso-Midway dome and for the 500 evacuees who will be returning by bus to Corpus Christi in the coming days.

Other Salvation Army operations:

  • The Salvation Army is serving as a last resort emergency shelter in the following locations: Beaumont, Conroe, Corsicana, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lufkin, Pasadena, Temple, Tyler, and Waco.
  • The shelter at the Dallas Convention Center is now housing more than 350 evacuees with numbers expected to increase. The Salvation Army of Dallas Fort Worth provided meals for survivors, staff and volunteers.

Disaster Response Command Center

“Donations from the generous public will help provide food, shelter and other valuable resources to Houstonians in need,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “With public support, The Salvation Army will be here to help the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey for as long as they’re in need.”

Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected to be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. To contribute to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text “STORM” to 51555.