Dallas, Texas (September 19, 2020) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster (EDS) teams in Texas are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Beta. Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for the Texas coast, including areas still recovering from Hurricane Laura.
The projected storm track calls for the slow-moving system to make its way along the Texas coastline, posing a major threat of rainfall and flooding in Southeast Texas. Alvin Migues, Emergency Services Director for The Salvation Army said, “We have been in touch with The Salvation Army units in coastal locations, from Harlingen to Beaumont, requesting that they continue to monitor the storm and any local threat. Many of these disaster response teams have only recently returned home from multiple weeks of relief work in the Golden Triangle area after Hurricane Laura.”
In addition to a fleet of more than 35 mobile kitchens assigned year-round to locations in Texas, The Salvation Army also operates a 52-foot Field Kitchen. This unit has the capacity to produce between 15,000-20,000 meals per day and recently staged in Beaumont ready to support Hurricane Laura response efforts.
“The Salvation Army has an extensive network of trained staff, volunteers and Officers who are prepared to respond to disasters in Texas, and across the nation,” said Migues. “Our personnel and resources have been tested this summer, with ongoing large-scale response efforts to Hurricanes Hanna, Laura and Sally. The Salvation Army will continue to focus on the provision of meals and hydration to both first responders and affected communities, as well as emotional and spiritual care. Our committed staff and volunteers stand ready to respond when and where we are needed.”