Capt. Andy Miller with the Salvation Army at Abram and Cooper streets in Arlington first received a call from the city of Arlington’s Emergency Operations Center just after 3 p.m. asking to get ready to house as many as 200 storm victims, either from the nursing home on Green Oaks Boulevard or homeowners from southwest Arlington.
“We are one of their main sheltering facilities,” Miller said. “If the city says they’re in need, we’re glad to help.”
Six children from the center’s after-school program and another six volunteers and staff set up 50 brand new cots in the gym and were waiting for more to arrive from the city’s Fire Department, Miller said about 5 p.m.
Brandon Tippett, 11, helped set up the cots and said he was scared for the nursing-home residents. Earlier in the day, he said his school spent about an hour in tornado drills.
“The tornado crashed their place so now they’ll have to crash here,” Tippett said. “I was worried about the tornado. They’re lucky to have someplace to stay.”
As of 6 p.m., the Salvation Army was on stand-by status. The city had sent 10 buses to the nursing home on Green Oaks in case they needed transportation.
The Salvation Army last sheltered storm victims in 2008, after Hurricane Gustov.
-- Sandra Baker