Tropical Storm Cindy continues to make its way toward the upper Texas coast, after making landfall early Thursday morning. As Cindy approaches, organizations like the Salvation Army are at the ready to lend a helping hand if needed.
Tyler's Salvation Army is no stranger to helping people in need during emergency situations. In 2008, the center housed evacuees from Beaumont, affected by hurricanes that swept through the Atlantic.
This includes a variety of state disaster team members, first responders and medical personnel.
Overnight accommodations were also made available at their disaster shelter, which can hold up to 250 people.
Salvation Army spokesperson, Haley Hoar, said similar accommodations are at the ready to respond to Tropical Storm Cindy if needed.
"So, anytime there is someone in need, anytime there is someone that needs our help, we are going to do what we can, what our resources allow us to do to help them because that's what we're all about, doing the most good," Hoar said.
In extreme emergencies, the Salvation Army said large multipurpose rooms can be converted, adding cots for up to 50 people. The center can also provide overflow rooms if necessary, able to fit an additional 24 men and women.
The Salvation Army is also listed on Smith County's severe weather response plan and Hoar said they're always willing to help those who need it.