Day 5: Service Continues Across Storm Ravaged South

You can support tornado relief efforts by donating at www.salvationarmyusa.org or calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel continue to serve those in need across the southern US.  Currently, EDS crews are at work in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

After five days of intense service, several locations are scaling back  efforts while some locations hit especially hard by the storms are still in need of daily feeding and spiritual care.

Alabama/Mississippi – Currently, 40 Salvation Army ESD feeding units and one shower trailer are actively serving in Mississippi and Alabama.  Over the last five days, tens of thousands of meals and drinks have been distributed.  On Friday and Saturday alone, EDS teams served 30,820 meals and 51,072 drinks.  1,314 people received emotional and spiritual care.

Arkansas – EDS personnel continue to monitor rising water levels which have reached major flood stage in 9 counties.  At present, one mobile feeding unit is serving Randolph County.  Approximately 5,000 meals have been served since Monday.

Georgia – While operations are beginning to wind down, several units are still serving the field.  At the request of FEMA, a mobile feeding unit will remain in Spalding County, as will a social service representative in Harold County.  Additionally, operations will continue in Catoosa and Walker counties through the end of the week.  Teams have served 8,596 meals and 4,195 drinks in Spalding, 720 meals and 1,490 drinks in Rome, and 120 meals and 350 drinks in Cartersville.

Kentucky/Tennessee/Virginia – EDS operations will diminish in Henderson, Murfreesboro and Clarksville, TN as local resources are once again available for storm survivors.  In Chattanooga and Cleveland, TN as well as North Georgia, EDS crews are increasing their services to keep pace with the needs of communities hit hard by the storms.  A strong presence remains in Dyersburg, TN, Greenville, TN, Washington County, VA, and Henderson, KY.  As of Sunday morning, 800 volunteers had logged 7,000 hours while helping staff serve approximately 14,500 meals throughout the division.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their 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 to follow up message 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.