ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas and along the Gulf Coast is prepared to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.
Hurricane Harvey was recently upgraded to a Category 3 storm with sustained winds exceeding 125 miles per hour. In addition to catastrophic winds, the storm is expected to leave 15 to 25 inches of rain, with some communities receiving as much as 35 inches.
In response to Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army is doing the following:
- Deploying 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens
- Each mobile kitchen can feed more than 1,500 people per day
- Staging a 10,000 square-foot emergency supply center with clean-up kits, water and food
- Positioning leadership teams in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas County, Houston and Corpus Christi
- Coordinating with federal disaster responders and supporting operations at FEMA's National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C.
"Our trained staff and volunteers will be ready to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support," said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army USA. "We humbly ask the American public to consider supporting our efforts through prayer and monetary donations."
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey to visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. People can also donate by texting STORM to 51555.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. For every dollar donated to The Salvation Army, 82 cents is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
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