Staunton Salvation Army Officer Heads to Houston Texas to Assist in Hurricane Harvey Relief

The Salvation Army Anticipates it to be the Largest and Longest
Emergency Response Effort in the History of the Organization in America.

Staunton Va. (August 31, 2017) – A team of Salvation Army personnel from Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area is preparing to leave for Texas on September 8, 2017, to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. The team includes Major Robin Hackbarth of Staunton who will be serving in Texas for two weeks.
The Salvation Army is responding to the catastrophic flooding in the Houston area and providing relief to first responders and survivors. Since Hurricane Harvey will likely impact more people than Hurricane Katrina, The Salvation Army is establishing multiple staging areas throughout Texas including Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Victoria, Arlington and Houston to coordinate relief efforts.
Major Hackbarth is part of The Salvation Army’s national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers that has been deployed to Texas to provide food boxes, bottled water, cleanup kits and comfort kits, in addition to emotional and spiritual care. Staff and volunteers are also serving at emergency shelters and staffing emergency operations and logistics centers.
The Salvation Army has deployed dozens of mobile feeding units that can provide up to 1,500 meals per day each, along with field kitchens that each can each serve up to 15,000 meals per day. As of Tuesday evening, August 29, 18,483 meals, 17,204 snacks, and 16,640 drinks have been provided.
Due to the size of the population impacted by Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Team anticipates for this to be the largest and longest emergency response in the history of the organization in America.
To support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555 or give online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org . Donations may also be sent by mail to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks.
For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx . To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.salvationarmysouth.org/harvey .

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