DALLAS, Texas (October 22, 2019) – After nine tornadoes struck parts of North Texas on Sunday night, The Salvation Army stationed a mobile disaster kitchen at Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in North Dallas where a team of volunteers cooked food for disaster survivors.
Once prepared, the food was packaged and transferred to two smaller food distribution trucks that were driven by workers into affected neighborhoods. Two hundred meals were also delivered to Forest Green Manor, an assisted living center that is still without electricity.
WBAP News/Talk 820 AM & 99.5 FM in Dallas reported the following:
Mika Manester lives near The Home Depot on Forest lane. Volunteers with The Salvation Army brought her food for her family and they prayed. “The house is a total loss so right now I just want my children to be okay and not scared because my 7-year-old is freaking out … we were all in the closet when our roof came off, it was awful,” she said.
Manester said she’s looking for a hotel to stay in and it will take around 8 months to find a new home. She said in all of this mess, she’s thankful for the support. “I have so many good friends…Salvation Army is here and just family and outpouring of people who just want to help and that means more to me than anything,” she said.
Current distribution opportunities remain limited because police have restricted access to the hardest hit areas, not even allowing meals to be delivered at this stage. As the strict access is lifted in upcoming days, new opportunities to serve will emerge.
On Monday, Salvation Army workers served 450 drinks, 380 snacks, and made 12 Emotional and Spiritual Care contacts. On Tuesday, workers served 341 meals, 442 drinks, 508 snacks and made eight Emotional and Spiritual Care contacts.
Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts. For the latest Salvation Army disaster information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx
Dallas, Texas (October 21, 2019) – The Salvation Army of North Texas is providing assistance in affected communities after severe weather spawned a tornado that struck the Dallas area on Sunday evening. Several neighborhoods were left without power and structural damage has been reported throughout the areas of the city.
A mobile kitchen and crew from The Salvation Army in Lewisville was activated on Sunday night and provided snacks and hydration to first responders and survivors throughout the evening and into the early hours of Monday morning. The unit set up at a Fire Command Post and served 200 individuals. An additional Fire Command Post was established, and a second Salvation Army unit deployed to this site providing similar support.
“The Salvation Army is actively providing service out in the community after a tornado and severe weather caused significant damage to several areas of the city,” said Major Jonathan Rich, Commanding Officer of the North Texas Salvation Army. “Our trained disaster staff were on the ground within two hours of the tornado touch down and served throughout the night. Alongside our partner agencies we are working on damage assessment today and already have three Salvation Army mobile units roving in affected areas ready to serve food and drinks to residents and first responders, with more units on standby.”
On Monday morning, Salvation Army Rapid Response Units from Irving and Plano, in addition to a mobile kitchen from Fort Worth, were deployed to serve in affected neighborhoods. Disaster response teams from Lewisville and Granbury remain on standby.
An Incident Management Team from The Salvation Army of North Texas was activated on Monday morning and will coordinate response efforts in coordination with local emergency management and voluntary partners.
Several other areas of Texas experienced severe weather on Sunday. A line of thunderstorms moved through Cameron County in South Texas and downed dozens of power lines leaving a number of communities without power. The disaster response team from The Salvation Army of McAllen is providing support to affected residents in Port Isabel.