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Updated 9/7: Salvation Army serving survivors, first responders in Texas

Added on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Salvation Army Disaster Relief staff and volunteers are out in full force in the Gulf Coast region, serving survivors and first responders following Hurricane Harvey.

How you can help

The recovery and clean up effort is expected to be costly and go on for years. The best way to help is by making a financial donation.

  • Give online at or by texting STORM to 51555
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Mail checks to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks.


All Salvation Army Disaster Services volunteers have completed training and passed background checks. Here’s where to learn more and sign up for training.

Updates: How We’re Serving

Updated, 10:30 a.m., Thurs., Sept. 7

About a dozen trained, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services volunteers from The Twin Cities will continue serving in hard hit neighborhoods in Texas, following Hurricane Harvey.

Spiritual care in HoustonThis, as volunteers from Georgia and Florida have headed back to their home states, ahead of Hurricane Irma.

To date, volunteers and staff have served more than 300,000 meals and drinks, given out about 5,000 food boxes and provided countless hours of support and prayer.

Nationally, The Salvation Army has raised about $19 million for hurricane relief, with nearly $750,000 coming from donors in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Updated, 3:30 p.m., Weds. Sept. 6

Additional Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services volunteers and staff from Minnesota and North Dakota are being called to join the forces already on the ground in Texas. This comes others from Florida and Georgia are being called home ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Free food and waterNine volunteers from The Twin Cities are already in Houston serving survivors and emergency personnel.

“With Hurricane Irma taking aim at Florida, those disaster volunteers and staff needed to head home, in case they are needed there,” explained Jim Daly, a long-time disaster services volunteer who is headed to Houston Thursday. “There’s no doubt, another catastrophic storm would stretch everyone, so we are praying the worst doesn’t happen.”

Hugs in HoustonThe Salvation Army has deployed 95 mobile kitchens and one field kitchen in the Gulf Coast region. To date, it has served over 280,000 meals and drinks, provided nearly 5,000 food boxes, and over 6,300 cleanup kits, in addition to giving comfort and spiritual care to nearly 20,000 individuals.

Updated at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5

Salvation Army in TexasThe Salvation Army’s trained disaster staff and volunteers from throughout the country continue to serve the Gulf Coast region as Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts are underway and Hurricane Irma strengthens to a Category 5 storm.

At least 6o deaths are to blame because of Hurricane Harvey. Officials estimate many people have returned to their damaged homes, but several thousands still remain at shelters along the Gulf Coast.

The Salvation Army is providing food, bottled water, cleanup and comfort kits in neighborhoods, at shelters and emergency operations centers. To date, it has served more than 235,065 meals, 227,716 drinks and 170,882 snacks.

Polaris vehicle helps volunteers distribute meals after Hurricane Harvey“The Salvation Army has been on the ground helping residents get back on their feet so they can start to rebuild,” said Lieutenant Jeremy Mockabee, Operations Chief for The Salvation Army’s Victoria Incident Management Team. “The Salvation Army is here standing strong for the local community, ready to respond aggressively and serve compassionately as long as we are needed.”

So far 92 mobile feeding kitchens from across the country have been deployed to impacted areas of Texas. In the greater Victoria area, The Salvation Army is currently providing meals, hydration, emotional and spiritual care at sites throughout Victoria, Colhoun, Refugio, and Goliad counties.

All of this as Hurricane Irma strengthens and Puerto Rico braces for her 150 mile an hour winds. It is still too early to tell the exact impact Irma will have on the United States. Computer models show the system eventually heading toward Cuba and possibly turning north toward Florida by the weekend.

Updated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 30

Salvation Army in TexasSalvation Army’s national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers continue to serve throughout the Gulf Coast region, as Hurricane Harvey continues to batter it with more rain. Rainfall totals have already broken the record in the continental United States, and it isn’t over yet.

The storm made landfall again today, over Louisiana. At least 20 deaths are confirmed in Texas, as the rescue efforts there continue. Officials estimate that over 20,000 people are seeking refuge in shelters along the Gulf Coast.

The Salvation Army is providing food, bottled water, cleanup and comfort kits in neighborhoods, at shelters and emergency operations centers. To date, it has served more than 5,000 meals, 5,500 drinks and 5,600 snacks.

Serving in Hurricane Harvey“Donations from the generous public will help provide food, shelter and other valuable resources to the people impacted by this storm,” said. Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, The National Army’s National Community Relations and Development secretary. “With public support, The Salvation Army will be here to help the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey for as long as they are in need.”

Updated at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29 

The Salvation Army is activating emergency response teams from across the country to travel to Texas to support the relief efforts there. With a network of trained disaster staff and volunteers, and a fleet of more than 500 mobile feeding trucks, The Salvation Army is prepared to continue serving people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Serving food in TexasCrews on the ground are serving food and water to survivors, volunteers and first responders in Texas. The need continues to grow by the day.

“Salvation Army [Emergency Disaster Services] 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.

The Salvation Army is also serving at emergency shelters throughout Texas, providing over 3,000 meals, snacks and drinks, as well as 400 cots for people to sleep on.

Original post, Sunday, Aug. 27

SA comforts womanThe Salvation Army is out in force in the Gulf Coast region of Texas, serving survivors and first responders after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area over the weekend, and as the historic flooding continues. Hundreds of personnel, along with 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens are deployed in Texas, capable of serving an average of 1,500 meals per day.

The Salvation Army is also staging emergency supplies like clean up kits, water and food at its 100,000 sq. ft. disaster center in Arlington, Texas and at points closer to the coast.

Volunteers and officers in the Corpus Christi area are concentrating their early efforts on feeding 200 first responders who are staged at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) safety shelter.

The Salvation Army is committed to staying on the ground throughout this ongoing disaster, and will be there after the water eventually recedes.