19 April 2016

FOLLOWING flash floods that caused widespread disruption in Houston, Texas, USA, The Salvation Army is putting in place a significant disaster response. Many highways and neighbourhoods are flooded after more than 16 inches of rain fell in only a few hours.

Major David Feeser (Houston Northwest Corps) is coordinating the response efforts that will utilise mobile kitchens from Salvation Army locations in Pasadena, Conroe and Houston Northwest. Other disaster units from around the state are on standby and will be deployed as needed. Teams will deliver meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and affected individuals, responding initially in the Greenspoint and Meyerland areas. Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers will be ready to serve as needed throughout the coming days as the waters recede and the immediate needs of the community become clearer.

Major Feeser talks about the emergency response on BBC NewsMajor Feeser talks about the emergency response on BBC News
 
A trailer loaded with Salvation Army clean-up kits - containing a mop, broom, bucket, cleaning and sanitising supplies, towels, rags and gloves - has been sent to Houston for distribution. Another load, this time containing boxes of food – is expected in the city by the end of the week.

'We have three mobile kitchens stocked and ready to deploy as soon as it is safe to do so,' says Major Feeser. 'The Salvation Army will be working closely with partner agencies and the City of Houston to assess the areas of greatest need. We are committed to serving those who find themselves in times of crisis – whether that be by providing a hot meal, a cold drink or an encouraging word or prayer.'

Report by Philip Burn

Tags: Emergencies, Americas and Caribbean