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SALVATION ARMY SUPPORTING SHELTER AND EVACUATION FOR HURRICANE IKE WITH MEALS FOR THOUSANDS OF EVACUEES AND EMERGENCY WORKERS
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Alexandria, Va.- The Salvation Army today is supporting the
shelter operations ordered by the State of Texas prior to the anticipated
landfall of Hurricane Ike late Friday. In anticipation of the growing storm,
The Army has deployed a fleet of more than 60 mobile canteen units, along with
satellite communications equipment and other materials and is preparing a
disaster response operation that could rival the one it mounted for Hurricane
Katrina, its largest ever. As Ike heads toward major population centers around
Houston, Tex., the Army's primary mission will be to meet the immediate needs
of those affected by the storm, including emergency responders.
"A storm of this size and intensity threatening a metropolitan area presents
an enormous danger," said Major James Taylor, Texas Divisional Secretary for
The Salvation Army. "Hurricane-force winds and wide-spread flooding could not
only cause loss of life and property, but could displace thousands of people
for an indefinite period of time. We'll need public support to ensure a viable
long-term response effort for the many people we expect will be in need."
As part of its operation, The Salvation Army began staging personnel and
resources in San Antonio and Tyler, Tex., earlier this week with everything in
place by nightfall today. This positioning will allow incident response teams
to attack the storm from two sides immediately after it passes. Many of the
resources have been held over from the recent evacuation and response to
Hurricane Gustav which struck the Gulf Coast last month. More than 100
additional canteens are on standby from surrounding states as far away as
Florida and North Carolina.
On Friday in San Antonio, The Salvation Army will continue to serve meals
from a large mobile kitchen and two canteens stationed at Kelly Air Force Base.
The Army is serving about 600 meals at a time, including a breakfast and
midnight supper. Several smaller mobile canteens units will deploy to San
Antonio for staging once the storm clears the coast.
In Tyler, The Salvation Army began feeding on Thursday at the evacuee
registration center. Approximately 50 bus loads of people have already arrived
and more are expected today. Additional canteens from the Gustav response will
be staging there, along with five Southern Baptist kitchens and a satellite
communications trailer, among other materials and equipment.
several Salvation Army units in Texas have mobilized to support sheltering and
• Texarkana - sheltering and feeding
• Paris -
• Tyler - feeding and sheltering first responders
• Abilene - feeding at an American Red Cross (ARC) shelter in
• Port Arthur - feeding at an ARC shelter in
• Lufkin - feeding at Civic Center
• College Station - feeding breakfasts at ARC shelter on Texas
• Temple - feeding at scattered sites in Bell
• Killeen - feeding at two sites in Killeen
• Dallas-Ft. Worth - prepared to feed at several sites in the
Metroplex beginning Friday
• Kerrville - feeding in New
As part of its disaster response operation, The Salvation Army also is
pre-positioning personnel and inventories to provide those affected by the
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets
and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Shower units
• Missing persons support through The Salvation Army
Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org) and
"We are worried that this storm could be as dangerous and catastrophic as
Hurricane Katrina and are preparing as such," said Major Taylor. "At this point
in the storm season, this will be a serious financial challenge, because we
have been heavily taxed by Dolly, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and now Ike."
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the recent
tropical cyclones to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate needs. A $100
donation will feed a family of four for two days and will provide two cases of
drinking water and one household cleanup kit (containing brooms, mops, buckets
and cleaning supplies). The Salvation Army currently is not accepting
donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims; however, please continue
supporting your local Salvation Army thrift store and the much needed programs
your in-kind gifts support.
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 128 years
in the United States. Nearly 29 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. About
83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000
communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.