Day 4: The Salvation Army Comforts Storm Survivors

At least 340 people died in the violent tornadoes that swept across the southern US only days ago.  Hundreds more are still missing.  However, in the face of devastation, countless volunteers and donors have reached out to survivors in their time of greatest need.

The Salvation Army is currently meeting immediate needs and evaluating long-term recovery efforts in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  Additional teams are on standby and will be sent as needed.

Alabama & Mississippi – 40 EDS mobile feeding units, a shower trailer, and emotional/spiritual care teams are serving storm survivors in affected areas.  Tens of thousands of meals and beverages have been distributed at multiple locations throughout the region.  To learn more about relief efforts including current areas of service, please click here.

Arkansas– EDS teams are currently providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care throughout Garland, Randolph, and Jackson Counties.  Several areas are facing both tornado and flood damage.  As of Friday evening, 3,195 meals and 3,058 drinks had been distributed.

Georgia – Feeding and emotional/spiritual care efforts continue throughout Spalding, Floyd, and Bartow counties.  As of Saturday morning, EDS teams had distributed 2,628 meals in Spalding County, 580 in Floyd County, and 250 in Bartow County.  Additionally, dozens of clean-up kits were given to survivors in need.

EDS teams from the Kentucky/Tennessee Division are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support at various locations in northwest Georgia including the hard-hit town of Ringgold.

VirginiaEDS teams from the Kentucky/Tennessee Division have been mobilized to meet material and spiritual needs of residents and determine next steps in service for affected communities.

Tennessee – Many locations across Tennessee are reporting moderate to severe tornado, water, and hail damage.  EDS crews are offering food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support in the following areas: Chattanooga, Cleveland, Murfreesboro, Union City, Clarksville, Greenville, and Memphis.  In Cleveland alone, 2,650 hot meals and 400 food boxes were provided to residents in need.  To read more about efforts in Tennessee, please click here.

Kentucky –Personnel continue to serve storm survivors in Paducah, Henderson, and Louisville through food distribution, emotional and spiritual care, and evaluation of long-term recovery needs.  EDS leadership is also keeping a watchful eye on rising water levels and making preparations should a flood response be required.  To learn more about Kentucky relief efforts, please click here.

Thank you for your continued support.

Are you looking to help?

The best way is to make a financial contribution since monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.  You can do this by:

  • Visiting www. salvationarmyusa.org and designating your gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”
  • Calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak”
  • Texting “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Please confirm with “yes.”
  • Sending a check to:

The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 100339
Atlanta, GA 30384-0339
Designate “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area.

Volunteer inquiries can be made with your local Salvation Army.