Reports are coming in from areas hit hard by Hurricane Ike, including The Salvation Army of Beaumont, which buildings have suffered damage due to the storm. The Salvation Army Disaster Warehouse in Beaumont had two bay doors and several windows blown in from the powerful winds. While there is no major structural damage to the facilities, there is some damage inside from water that has come in through broken windows.
Elsewhere in Texas, The Salvation Army has seven large kitchens, one satellite trailer and 73 canteens - 30 from Texas and 43 from other states across The Salvation Army Southern Territory, ready to assist with recovery efforts as soon as clearance is made in all badly affected areas.
Evacuees are currently being sheltered at two Salvation Army Corps in Texarkana and Tyler, and The Salvation Army is feeding at multiple sites throughout North Texas, including Temple, Killeen, College Station, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Paris, Marshall, Tyler, Lufkin and Nacogdoches. As of Friday, September 12, 20,749 meals have been served.
Salvation Army support teams are being organized to enter into heavily impacted areas with Texas Military SAR (Search and Rescue) strike teams in Galveston, Beaumont, Lufkin and Houston. Four hundred additional persons rescued from Galveston Island are being bused to San Antonio this evening and tomorrow, Sunday, September 14. Upon arrival they will be evaluated and placed in shelters across the city of San Antonio, including the Kelly Air Force Base/Port of San Antonio shelter where The Salvation Army continues to serve thousands of meals daily.