South Floridians know too well the life threatening devastation caused by a hurricane. Like the rest of the country, we watch the news in disbelief as a trillion gallons of water flood the great state of Texas.
The Salvation Army’s Captain Jay Ward, who for many years served in Miami, is now an officer based at The Salvation Army Houston Northwest Corps. Captain Ward and his son, Christian, have been evacuating people out of their neighborhood and working with the local Sheriff’s department.
Captain Jay Ward and Christian were able to evacuate 32 people and ten dogs in the community earlier on Monday.
Capt. Ward posted some videos and photos on Facebook of the rescue efforts.
“As the situation in south Texas continues to worsen following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, The Salvation Army has activated all of its US and Canadian emergency disaster response assets. These units are able to provide food, shelter and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this ongoing devastating weather event,” said Major C. Mark Brown, Director of Business Operations for The Salvation Army Texas Division.
Salvation Army locations in Houston and the surrounding areas are providing shelter, food and clothing in response to dramatic flooding in the city. On Sunday afternoon in both Pasadena and Texas City a number of people were transported to The Salvation Army in the back of dump trucks having been rescued from rapidly rising flood waters.
Mobile kitchens from McAllen, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Dallas Fort Worth served meals, drinks and snacks to residents and first responders in the hard-hit city of Port Aransas, Driscoll and Corpus respectively. More than 3,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served.
Ten additional mobile kitchens and an Incident Command Team from Arkansas and Oklahoma arrived in in Corpus Christi on Sunday evening. An Incident Command Team from Florida will support the relief efforts in Houston by the middle of the week.
As communities along the coastline become accessible, Salvation Army mobile emergency feeding and hydration vehicles and personnel are delivering service to the affected areas. Service will continue for as long as is necessary.
The Salvation Army of Florida is sending a team of emergency disaster services professionals, a fleet of equipment (including a shower trailer and bunk house) and later this week nine canteens will travel to Texas to help those affected by the storm.
Those canteens are from Ocala, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Orlando, Palm Beach County, Tallahassee, Panama City and Leesburg. Please continue to keep those volunteers and first responders in your prayers.
To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.