Temple, Texas — The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (canteen) and Emergency Disaster Services personnel stationed in Temple have been called into service in Belton, Texas, where 25-30 families have been evacuated from their flooded homes.
“In the immediate aftermath of a storm such as this, Salvation Army relief workers focus primarily on meeting the basic needs of disaster evacuees and first-responders: food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual counseling,” says Major Terry Israel, Divisional Secretary in Texas.
Captain Martha Hidgon, administrator of The Salvation Army in Temple, Texas, and local EDS staff and volunteers have been operating out of The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (canteen) in Belton since this morning. Captain Hidgon reports that The Salvation Army has served breakfast, snacks, and lunch from the canteen to storm evacuees and first responders. “We have provided food and drinks to 130-140 persons at each of the three servings so far,” she says. Salvation Army officers (ministers), staff, and trained volunteers also offer spiritual and emotional counseling to storm victims and emergency workers.
Captain Hidgon reports the mobile feedings will continue in the area throughout the day, at least. She anticipates that, in addition to food and drinks, her Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services crew will begin distributing personal hygiene kits and baby items (formula, diapers, wipes) to the families and individuals who will be temporarily sheltered at the First Baptist Church. The Salvation Army can also provide these storm evacuees with clean-up kits to be used once they are allowed to re-enter their residences.
Personal hygiene kits include a comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, and wipes for basic hygiene needs. Clean-up kits provide brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies to displaced residents.
With permanent operations located in Temple, The Salvation Army will continue to provide follow-up assistance to evacuees as necessary after they are able to return to their homes.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services personnel positioned in several communities around the state continue to monitor Texas weather conditions and stand ready to deploy within minutes of a request for assistance from local Emergency Management offices.
For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army’s emergency relief efforts please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days and provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit.
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