NEWS RELEASE · FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2017
Deployed to Houston, Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief while Salvation Army Prepares for Hurricane Irma
Chattanooga, Tenn. – “Others” has been the rallying cry and focal point for The Salvation Army since its inception more than 150 years ago…and never is it better displayed than in times of disaster.
Specialized equipment has already been sent from Tennessee including mobile canteens to Houston, TX. Trained personnel from Chattanooga and across the state of Tennessee are preparing to leave this weekend for Houston, TX to work relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread destruction and historic flooding. This team will replace a previous team that immediately traveled to Houston as the storm barreled down. The Salvation Army of Chattanooga is sending Lt. James Harvin and Lt. Tansena Spears. The Lieutenants will join the response teams sent so far from Tennessee currently on rotation providing ongoing relief and long term recovery services.
“The Salvation Army has a long history of serving in disasters, from localized tornadoes or flooding to long-term responses after 9/11 and Katrina. We are positioned to be the serving on the front lines because The Salvation Army ministries touches every zip code in the U.S.,” said Major Robert Lyle, Chattanooga’s Area Commander who is currently serving in Houston, TX.
Working closely with local, county, state, and federal officials, Salvation Army personnel ensure resources and services are focused where needed most. Pulling from a network of strategically placed equipment and a host of trained responders, The Salvation Army is able to respond effectively and efficiently in times of disaster.
Even as The Salvation Army canteens and personnel are on the road towards Texas, we are not always certain of the exact destination particularly as we prepare for Hurricane Irma. “The situation is changing literally hour-by-hour as we focus on preparing for Hurricane Irma relief efforts and providing long term recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” said Bo Sells, the Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky and Tennessee. Weaving through the states—around road closures and through security – the much needed resources are to their destinations for Hurricane Harvey and The Salvation Army is providing much needed services for the long term recovery. As of September 6th, the statistics below present a snapshot of ongoing Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service efforts in the affected communities by Hurricane Harvey.
- 280,708 Meals
- 280,811 Drinks
- 215,419 Snacks
- 4,737 Food Boxes
- 97 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens) deployed
- 1 Field Kitchen is deployed
- Emotional & Spiritual Care to 19,261 individuals
- 1,308 cleanup kits
- 6,374 comfort kits
- 38,909 hours of employee and volunteer service
Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “Hurricane Relief.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted.
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 SalvationArmyUSA.org