NWA On Front Lines for Hurricane Harvey

August 27, 2017

This hurricane is going to potentially cause the largest flooding disaster the US has ever seen. And in our service to those in need, this is likely going to be the one of the most extensive feeding operation The Salvation Army has undertaken.

-Steven Hartsook
Divisional Director, Emergency Disaster Services 
The Salvation Army Arkansas & Oklahoma Division



The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas’ three local Corps Officers will be deployed today to serve those affected by Hurricane Harvey. All three officers will be deployed for a minimum of 14 days to provide logistical, physical and spiritual care on the front lines.

Captain John Robbins, Springdale Corps Officer, will deploy to the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to serve as the Safety Officer for The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster response operations.  The Safety Officer ensures, as much as possible, that disaster workers and those The Salvation Army serves are not hurt or otherwise endangered.

Lieutenant Nic Arroqui, Fayetteville Corps Officer, will also be deployed to serve at the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to serve in Logistics Support. He will be responsible for obtaining and managing all resources and equipment necessary to run the disaster relief operation.

Captain David Leonard, Rogers Corps Officer, has been deployed to help with canteen service and Emotional and Spiritual Care in San Antonio, TX.  The Emotional & Spiritual Care Specialist is responsible for meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of disaster survivors and rescue workers and for providing pastoral support to Salvation Army disaster workers, including officers, employees and volunteers.

John Robbins
Photo Aug 01, 9 55 43 AM

(Top: Robbins, Middle: Arroqui, Bottom: Leonard)



The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. 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. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost.

It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program:

  • Donate Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 ****Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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