September 1, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen
Five million dollars.
That's how much the Salvation Army projects they'll be spending per week as they deploy to the coast of Texas to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey. Lt. Col. Ron Busroe says the natural disaster is the biggest to hit the United States in terms of monetary damage and will take quite a while to put back together.
"This is a massive, massive disaster and of course, you need a massive response," Lt. Col. Ron Busroe told BYU-Idaho Radio. "Once we're fully deployed, $5 million a week is what it will cost to respond to this disaster just for the Salvation Army...This could go on for four, five, six, eight weeks, we don't know at this point how long it will go."
Busroe says the Salvation Army is actively involved in the physical clean-up efforts, but they also work to improve the emotional and spiritual well-being of the victims of Hurricane Harvey as well.
"We are a faith-based organization, we're a Christian church," Busroe said. "So, many of our staff and many of our volunteers are trained in emotional, spiritual care...we're there to talk to people, we're there to help people work through some of the issues in this disaster."
In the days immediately following Hurricane Harvey, Busroe says the Salvation Army has received about $7 million just in online donations. Anyone who would like to donate can do so online, over the phone or by text.
"100 percent of it goes to those who have been affected by this terrible storm," Busroe said.
You can listen to the full interview below: