The Salvation Army has 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens on the ground in Houston helping to provide food and water to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Major Greg Thompson in Omaha says more are on the way. He says right now they are seeing to the victims basic needs.
Major Thompson says, “We are still in mid-disaster down there. There is nothing happening until the water goes down and then you will need a massive amount of volunteers to come in and help people clean up their homes and recover from the immense amount of damage.”
The Salvation Army in Omaha is on standby for volunteers. People can call 402-898-6000 to get on that standby list. They are in need of volunteers to help prepare and serve food or help with immediate clean up. Some of the volunteer positions require some type of training. Major Thompson says they would like to have as many names as possible. Deployments could start as early as Thursday.
The Salvation Army is also in need of donations to fund their disaster relief efforts. Major Thompson says the mobile kitchens bring food from far away. Every night they have to go back to a staging area, restock and get ready for the next round. He says that takes a lot of money to fill gas tanks and restock their needs. In the future funds will be needed to assist victims in replacing clothing, food and their homes. The easiest way for Nebraskans to donate is to log on to the Salvation Army’s website by clicking here.