San Antonio, TX – In the late evening of Sunday, February 19, a severe storm system moved through San Antonio, Texas, causing significant damage to homes and businesses in the north of the city.
Salvation Army staff spent Monday morning assessing the damage in the worst hit areas where three tornado touch downs were reported.
Two Salvation Army mobile feeding units with crews from San Antonio and New Braunfels were deployed and provided roving food and hydration services for survivors and first responders. One unit provided meal service to residents based at the Howard Elementary School in the Alamo Heights area. Clean up kits and water were sent from The Salvation Army EDS warehouse in Arlington and arrived in San Antonio late in the afternoon.
“By mid-morning our crews were in the affected areas and working to assist people with food, snacks, drinks and encouragement. Fallen branches and debris was a major issue in several communities and our staff rolled up their sleeves and worked alongside residents in the clean up effort,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director for Texas. “Water and clean up kits will be made available to residents tomorrow and we are working closely with partner agencies to make sure that we are providing meaningful and effective support.”
The Salvation Army will continue to assess the needs of the communities affected and provide services as needed in the coming days.
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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.