Tornado Response: What We’re Doing and How You Can Help

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Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are responding to the destruction left by an outbreak of tornadoes that tore through the southeastern US.

According to news reports, more than 190 people have lost their lives, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama has suffered a great deal of damage. More storms are tracking through N. Alabama, N.W. Georgia, and S.E. Tennessee.

The Salvation Army already has teams providing food, drinks, and spiritual support to storm survivors in Tuscaloosa, Guntersville, and Lauderdale County, Alabama as well as Montpelier and Oxford, Mississippi. Mobile feeding units from the Kentucky-Tennessee Division (KTN) are serving victims in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee.

Additional Salvation Army EDS feeding units are currently in route to affected areas throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Another 22 mobile feeding units including catering trucks, mobile kitchens, and a 20,000 meal per day full service field kitchen are on standby.

Financial donations are needed to help with Salvation Army disaster relief efforts. If you’d like to support storm survivors:

Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”

Text “GIVE” to 80888 to donate $10, and confirm with “Yes” when prompted by a follow-up text.

• Send checks to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Please designate “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”

50 Comments on “Tornado Response: What We’re Doing and How You Can Help

  1. Is there a collection donation for clothing and toiletries, in Gadsden, for the tornado victims in the state of AL?…instead of for selling in the store.

  2. I want to physically go and help in the South. How do I do this, I’m available to leave at a moments notice.

  3. How can I give $$ over internet and is there something that my husband and I can do here on Saturday or Sunday, we have a pick up truck.

  4. @ Carolyn,
    You can double check with your local Salvation Army to see if they are collecting items, but disaster personnel say the best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. Thanks for your support!

  5. When you do the text? How much am I giving? Can I designate or is a specific amount?

  6. @ Maria @ Elaine,
    At this point in time, our disaster teams have not expressed a need for volunteers. If that changes we will post information on our website. Thank you for you desire to help those affected by the storms!

  7. I have bags of clothes in great condition for men, women and children. I would LOVE to be able to donate these to the victims of the tornadoes, please tell me how I can do this..

  8. I think that Salvation Army is a very good thing to be doing. I would like to help sometime.

  9. Laura, get your webmaster to put another ‘DONATE’ link on this blog right away. Somewhere up at the top in big bold letters and a bright color. People need a quick way to donate. I’ll post it on my FB page. Thanks!

  10. Salvation Army, the ROGERS AGENCY and a few other businesses are planning a benefit concert for the tornado relief fund. This concert, as of now, will take place in Birmingham, Alabama at “The Grove of Hoover” shopping mall off I-459 on June 4, 2011. 10 bands to include, JOHN WALLER (from the movie FIREPROOF with Hollywood Actor Kirk Cameron) to headline the show. Please get the word out and come and support this great event. This will be a supposedly FREE concert; however we will take financial donations during the event. ALL PROCEEDS to be given to the SALVATION ARMY. God bless you and see you there.

  11. Hi my name is shana. I wanted to know how do i go about of volunteer to go to the places effected by the tornados to help out?

  12. They are only asking for volunteers to wait until they can account for their own since things are still happening at a crazy rate. The relief effort will be needed for a very long time. This is no short term process. The Baptist Church’s will take direct donations that are distributed, not sold. And the Governor’s Office itself is doing the same.

  13. Having trouble locating where I can donate online for the tornado victims. Please help!

  14. @ James, sorry, I left that information out in the original post! When you text, it’s a $10 donation and you must confirm “yes” when you are prompted by a follow-up text. If you’d like to donate a different amount, visit and click the ‘donate button.’ Designate your donation with “Tornado Relief.” Thanks for your support!

  15. Thank you so much, Laura! Was able to donate and will donate again soon for the tornado relief efforts.

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  17. thank you for the chance to donate and for the salvation army, they are always there when needed, i donate always for such a worthwhile organization, i am not able to help phyical wise due to my poor health… thanks so much and god bless you all.. al tourtellotte

  18. I just heard on the news that clothing is needed. I have a lot of nice clothes I would love to donate to the tornado victims. How can I do that?

  19. I saw that acknowledgement of my donation for tornado disaster relief came from Union, NJ, because I’m a NJ resident. Just want to make sure it’s directed to efforts in the South. Thanks and God bless your work there!

  20. I was also wondering where I can send clothes. I don’t know many people with any money left over after paying their bills, but I know a lot of people have clothing/shoes to donate. Before organizing a drive, Iwoujld like to know where I can send these items…any help would be appreciated.

  21. While I understand that you prefer cash donations, I do have a few bags of old, but wearable, clothing. Is there any need for these items, and if so, where might I deliver them in S. florida?

  22. i’m just a kid so i was wondering what i could do

  23. I run a local blog here in Omaha, Nebraska. As a couponer i can donate some items that i think people could need. I also think i could get a drive together to help donate. My question is, is the Salvation Army in Omaha, NE taking donations to donate to the Tornado victims ? I physically could not afford the shipping of these items so i thought i would ask. Thank you for your help.

  24. Though I am not an “extreme” couponer, nevertheless I do coupon and I have a modest size stockpile. I would like to donate nonperishable food and hygiene products. Can I take these items to my local Red Shield location and the items sent to where needed?


  26. @Francesco,
    Please reach out to your local Salvation Army in Ft. Lauderdale – they’re better able to speak with you about ways you can be involved. You can find their contact information by searching your zip code in the field at the top right corner of our national website Thanks for your desire to be involved!

  27. @Laura S @Jenni,
    Thanks for thinking of creative ways to help. Please contact your local Salvation Army as far as needs and what they’re accepting. Laura, you raise a significant point about in-kind donations – they cost a lot of money to ship, even for The Salvation Army, which is why we most often encourage financial donations rather than in-kind items. I just added a post at that discusses this topic. Hope this helps!

  28. @Lizzi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to help! Age does not matter – there’s always a way to get involved. After Haiti was hit by an earthquake, we featured a story about a 9 year-old boy who used a coffee can and his classmates to raise support for Haiti (article here: This just goes to show that imagination goes a long way! Also, if you live in the area affected by tornadoes, you can reach out to your local Salvation Army to see if they need any help. Plus, prayers are always needed. Thanks for caring for those in need!

  29. @Neil,
    Used clothing is usually not needed during disasters. I just posted an article with more information at The clothes can still be put to good use at your local Salvation Army Family Store to support local needs. I hope this helps. We appreciate your support!

  30. @Peter,
    Thanks for donating. On the donation form, in the ‘Specific Use’ field, did you designate it to “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak?” If yes, then your donation will be put towards that cause. If not, let me know and I’ll make sure it gets directed to disaster relief efforts!

  31. I have a small generator that I can donate to the Salvation Army for who needs it. It has been used twice and is in excellent conditions. I figure someone will need it more than me. Please let me know. I am handicapped but, I can drive it to a location in Huntsville.

  32. Hello Friends of Alabama…I just wanted to get the word out that we are having a UPS tractor trailer in our town hall parking lot this saturday June 4th from 9-4pm 200 South St. Morristown,NJ 07960 We are looking to have people help fill the truck full of supplies for the citizens of Tuscaloosa. Please see the town web-site if you are in the area and want to stop by and volunteer or if you have items to donate. If you aren’t and still want to contribute I have been telling people that they can send diapers and wipes through Walmart on-line and they have waived the shipping on these items, that are so desperately needed. If they are ordered on or before thursday June 2nd they will make the truck scheduled to leave sunday the 5th. Please send them to the address above and you can address them to
    Mayor Tim Dougherty’s office Attn. Kristen (mayor’s asst.) Imagine his surprise when he hopefully starts to receive boxes of diapers!! thanks in advance for any help you can offer!!
    Please pass this along to everyone you know that might be able to help..Thank you Berit Ollestad (community coordinator for the relief effort)

  33. there are people that as of today 5-26-2012 that are on the streets that are old and cant get in the shelter in tuscaloosa alabama they walk from place to place one i met has anssi check but cant afford an apartment goes to the parkes to rest but cant sleep at any of them.stays in a motel for a few nights a month thats all he can afford.then he has no where to sleep.he is so tired cant anyone help this poor man find a place to live. he rented a house then the tornado took his home a way.he lost his wife in 1973.please help

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