The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is preparing for deployment to Texas to aid in the disaster response and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. With the widespread impact of the disaster already being felt and what could be an unprecedented relief effort, The Salvation Army’s Divisional EDS Department is readying a team of staff and volunteers to respond to Texas.
A retired Salvation Army officer from Sussex County, Delaware, flew to Texas on Wednesday, August 30, to provide emotional and spiritual support. Major Claranne Meitrott is among the first wave of personnel will go to a command center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Once there, she may meet with storm victims who are staying in temporary shelters or they may be dispatched to the hardest hit coastal communities such as Rockport, Texas. A Salvation Army staff member out of Philadelphia is traveling to Houston on Saturday, September 2, to assist the national team with communications. These are 14-day deployments.
Another round of volunteers from Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware will likely head to Texas in two weeks, to provide food, shelter and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this ongoing devastating weather event.
“Our EDS staff and volunteers are prepared and committed to work around the clock for as long as they are needed,” said Bob Myers, Director of Emergency Disaster Services, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division.
Myers and his team are in constant contact with Salvation Army representatives on the ground in Texas for updates on needs for manpower and other resources.
“We anticipate that the next few weeks and months have the potential to see many Salvation Army personnel engaged from across the country in disaster response and recovery efforts,” he added.
“This devastating storm has already had a major impact on millions of people in Texas and Louisiana, and as it continues, there are still more people in its path,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Banfield, Chief Executive Officer and Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division. “Ongoing prayers are not only welcome, but needed for all of those affected by and assisting with response to Hurricane Harvey.”
How People Can Help
Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.
Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Text to Give: STORM to 51555
Mail Checks to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301
** Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks.
*At this time we are NOT accepting in-kind donations. Should guidance change on in-kind donations, specific information will go out at that time regarding what is being accepted and any related handling information.
About The Salvation Army Disaster Services
The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to serve those impacted by the storm, however long it takes, because they are there before, during, and after impact. Beyond serving immediate physical needs, they also meet the emotional and spiritual needs that are unique to catastrophic events. The Salvation Army:
- Delivers disaster relief to an average of 382,000 people annually.
- Serves every ZIP code in the United States and touches almost 25 million lives a year.
- Has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
- Remains in communities until needs are met.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
For more information, please visit www.SalvationArmyPendel.org