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In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. To date, The Salvation Army has deployed 71 mobile feeding units to Texas.  Twenty-nine additional units are on standby to support the state of Louisiana if Harvey's rains cause severe flooding there and additional feeding units are on standby across the country to help if needed.  Salvation Army trained disaster workers are being deployed to the stricken area from across the United States and Canada. 

As rain continues to fall and flood water rises in Houston The Salvation Army is providing emergency assistance throughout the city. Four Salvation Army shelters have opened their doors to those evacuating their homes – Harbor Light Center for men, Sally’s House for women, Family Residence and Conroe Red Shield Lodge.  As areas of the city become accessible Salvation Army units are ready to move in and serve those in need. Other locations remain on standby to serve.
Captain Jay Ward, Commanding Officer of the Houston Northwest Corps, along with his son helped evacuate 32 people by boat in his community. “It’s devastating out here. I’ve been working disaster all my life but this is the worst I’ve seen,” said Captain Ward. “People are coming out in their boats and helping to save people, we’re pulling people out of houses now.”
An Incident Command Team from Florida will arrive today in Houston to oversee the ongoing and expanding relief efforts.

The Salvation Army is helping with rescue efforts in Galveston County and the Salvation Army Center of Hope  chapel and classrooms have been made available to shelter people on Galveston Island. In Texas City, Captains Patrick and Jennifer Jones continue to support sheltering operations at the Vincent Community Center that already is housing more than 100 people.

Service continues in the Corpus Christi area where an Incident Command Team from Oklahoma and Arkansas began service on Monday. Seven mobile kitchens from that team, in addition to units from Laredo, McAllen, Corpus Christi and Dallas Fort Worth. Displaced residents from the barrier island of Port Aransas were allowed by law enforcement to return to inspect their homes on Monday afternoon. The Salvation Army McAllen mobile kitchen continues to serve meals, snacks and hydration to residents seeking assistance and to first responders. A team also drove through the devastated streets serving sandwiches and drinks to people working to salvage what they could from their damaged homes. Several people requested prayer from team members.

The cities of Rockport and Aransas Pass found themselves directly in the path of Hurricane Harvey and sustained significant damage. A Salvation Army team from Oklahoma has established service in Rockport, while a second unit will continue to provide support in Aransas Pass.

The City of Dallas has opened a shelter at the Dallas Convention Center this morning and The Salvation Army has assumed the responsibility of feeding those who stay there.

Additional units remain staged in San Antonio preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.

Kerrville team serving meals at two local shelters. The Salvation Army Temple Corps has also opened an emergency shelter. Two mobile kitchens from Austin, TX. is serving at a shelter in Seadrift, Texas. The Lubbock, TX. mobile kitchen is serving in Belton, Texas.

So far, The Salvation Army has served 15,240 meals, 11,872 snacks and 10,830 drinks (not all units have reported in due to the overwhelming needs created by Harvey).