Salvation Army Prepared to Respond as Tropical Storm Bill Makes Landfall in Texas

June 16, 2015
Philip Burn | philip_burn@uss.salvationarmy.org | (214) 956-6243

Salvation Army Prepared to Respond as Tropical Storm Bill Makes Landfall in Texas

Dallas, Texas (June 16, 2015) – The Salvation Army fleet of mobile kitchens and disaster teams are prepared and ready to respond after Tropical Storm Bill made landfall along the Texas coast on Matagorda Island at 11:45 AM CDT on Tuesday.

Emergency Disaster Services staff continues to monitor weather conditions in anticipation of torrential rain and flash flooding affecting already saturated areas of Texas following record May rainfall.

The Texas Division has placed disaster units on stand-by and has 38 mobile canteens in the state, 2 field kitchens, and several specialized disaster units -- such as a laundry unit and disaster communications unit. At this point the division remains largely on stand-by as the storm continues to move ashore and the propensity for flooding is assessed. Even at this advanced stage The Salvation Army is collaborating with emergency management groups at local, county and state levels in order to be prepared should relief efforts be necessary.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in the great State of Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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