Tampa's Salvation Army prepares to send mass supplies to Texas after Harvey hits

Posted at 4:31 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 16:53:15-04

The Salvation Army of Florida is preparing to send up to half a million bottles of water to Texas after Hurricane Harvey makes landfall. 

The emergency command unit out of its Tampa warehouse has been in consistent communications with disaster responders as they prepare for Harvey. 

Captain Ben Bridges of Tampa said Thursday they are ready to send water, instant read-to-go hot meals, rubber boots, and other needed supplies as soon as they get the call for help.

Bridges estimates they won't get the call from first responders in Texas until Harvey makes landfall, and they evaluate what supplies are most needed.

However, Bridges says water will be a necessity if Texas receives the expected 20 inches of rain.  

The Salvation Army is not accepting donations in response to Harvey yet, but they depend on monetary donations and donations to local shelters to help people in the Tampa bay area. 

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