As Hurricane Laura moves north toward the Texas/Louisiana coast, the Salvation Army's local DART personnel and equipment are on standby and preparing to deploy to the impacted area once landfall occurs. A pre-staging area is being established in Beaumont and disaster response units are personnel from throughout Texas will be staging there. The departure day/time for the local Lubbock team is still unknown at this time. As the storm track certainty becomes clear, the team will deploy once ordered.
The Salvation Army provides a number of relief-related services in the wake of a disaster - the most significant of which is mobile feeding and hydration. Our Emergency Canteens are mobile kitchens on wheels and are equipped to provide up to 1,500 meals per day. The Salvation Army of Lubbock possesses a large Canteen and a smaller Rapid Response Truck, both of which will be deployed to assist with Hurricane Laura response efforts.
Local Salvation Army Commanding Officer, Major David Worth, is also being deployed as the Incident Commander for one of two 10-Person Incident Management teams. The two teams will be responsible for managing and overseeing the relief and response efforts as those activities escalate and increase in the coming days.