Salvation Army Shawnee's Capt. Russell Clay, with fellow church members, gathered Sunday morning for prayer right before his departure to be the Operations Chief of the Incident Command Team for the Corpus Christi, Texas, Disaster Relief Team for Hurricane Harvey.

Salvation Army Shawnee's Capt. Russell Clay, with fellow church members, gathered Sunday morning for prayer right before his departure to be the Operations Chief of the Incident Command Team for the Corpus Christi, Texas, Disaster Relief Team for Hurricane Harvey.

Representing Shawnee for the next 14 days, Clay will serve on the team for The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster response operations — helping those affected by the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Capt. Jamie Clay said her husband, as the operations chief, will be responsible for managing all direct services, including the supervision of the Salvation Army’s mass feeding and sheltering efforts and the bulk distribution of relief supplies for the disaster relief operation in Corpus Christi and immediately surrounding areas.

“The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is also deploying Officers from Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff and Springdale, Arkansas, as well as Ardmore, Oklahoma City and Shawnee as part of the Incident Command Center,” she said.

Resources are staged and ready to serve, she said.

“A total of 42 mobile kitchens — each with the capacity to serve an average of 1,500 meals per day — are headed to forward staging areas in Dallas and San Antonio in preparation for deployment,” she said. “Of those units, eight are from The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma.”

She said disaster response leadership teams will be positioned in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas City, Houston and Corpus Christi to coordinate the ongoing disaster response.

“The Salvation Army is already at work in many communities that have found themselves in the path of the storm,” Jamie Clay said. “Water, cleanup kits, food and shelter supplies have been staged and are ready to be sent to the affected areas.”

Jamie Clay said the best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to a charity of choice.

“Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed,” she said. “Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost.”

She said monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

For those who want to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program, there are several options.

• Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org;

• Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 (Designate 'Hurricane Harvey' on all checks.);

• Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769); or

• Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.

For more information, visit salvationarmyusa.org.