Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc on the coast of Texas and in Houston. The Salvation Army in Greater Baton Rouge is monitoring this devastation very closely as we see even more flooding in the Houston Area and coverage of destroyed communities on the Gulf Coast.

The Baton Rouge community is all too familiar with this type of disaster, in August of last year we received an out pouring of love form the state of Texas. To return the favor, you can donate to the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey, 100% of your donation will be used in the disaster relief fund, online at helpsalvationarmy.org, by Phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or you can mail checks to The Salvation ArmyPO Box 1959 Atlanta, Ga , 30301. Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” in check memo lines. At this time, the resources to accept physical donations have not been established. We will announce at a later time how to send donations of clothing, food, water, etc.

“The disaster assets in Baton Rouge have been under preparations since the middle of last week when it became clear that Hurricane Harvey may strike Texas and have an effect on Louisiana.  However, we could have never expected the utter devastation felt by the people on the coast of Texas and in the Houston area. Our prayers are with them, and we are preparing our resources to deploy to Texas once we receive the call,” shared Major Brett Meredith.

Salvation Army commands across the United States are responding to this disaster. So far 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens have been deployed to Texas. In addition to units already based in Texas, mobile kitchens from Arkansas and Oklahoma are being sent to the region over the weekend. Each of these mobil kitchens serves an average of 1,500 hot meals per day. Emergency supplies such as cleanup kits, water, and food have been staged at a 100,000 sq.ft. disaster center in Arlington, Texas and at point near the coast.

Major Meredith also stated, “This response will likely end up being larger and potentially longer than the one from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and it could become the largest feeding operation in The Salvation Army’s history.”

The Salvation Army - Greater Baton Rouge is prepared with food, water, and clean up kits should we be called upon to respond in the affected area or if we should experience localized flash flooding as we receive this storm system over the coming days. We pray for the residents of Texas in Houston and along the coast as they begin the recovery process in the next few days and even months.

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