Texas City, Texas (June 12, 2019) – Emergency Disaster Services staff and volunteers from The Salvation Army Galveston County Command participated in the Texas State Guard hurricane evacuation drill this week. This event simulates a disaster response effort and agencies practice in real-time preparing their personnel to receive, shelter and provide care to area residents in the event of severe weather evacuations. The airlift exercise participants included the Texas Department of Emergency Management, the Texas Military Department, the Texas State Guard and the Texas Air National Guard. The Salvation Army prepared and served meals, one of our primary functions during any disaster response, to the participants of the exercise in multiple locations.
Jimmy Stanford, Texas Divisional Emergency Services Manager said, “This event provides The Salvation Army disaster response teams a chance to practice our support services alongside the first responders in a realistic environment. Collaboration between multiple agencies is crucial to the success of any disaster response and training events of this kind enhance the ability of our teams across the state to effectively respond, as and when we are needed.”
The Salvation Army EDS teams in Corpus Christi and Victoria will be participating in the upcoming State of Texas Hurricane Exercise.