Salvation Army serves East Texas tornado victims

An EF-3 tornado struck the city of Franklin, Texas, Saturday afternoon. The Salvation Army of Bryan College Station, located about 30 miles away, deployed a mobile kitchen and emergency response team to provide support to first responders and storm survivors.

The City of Franklin established an emergency triage center at the United Methodist Church, where The Salvation Army team began feeding. Many homes were damaged, and some destroyed by the powerful storm that affected several other communities in the area.

The Salvation Army and Operation Barbecue Relief personnel are working together to coordinate feeding operations. Meanwhile, the mobile kitchen from Williamson County, with the ability to serve up to 1,500 meals per day, was deployed to Alto, another small community affected by the storms.

“The Salvation Army is prepared to support our communities in times of need and today the Bryan team was mobilized within minutes of the tornado touchdown in Franklin,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director in Texas. “The storms continue to affect additional communities and we have several units on standby to assist. We continue to pray for all who are affected by these storms as they move east into the South.”

Additional EDS teams from San Antonio and Waco are standing by for additional deployments if requested.

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