Emergency Teams Support Storm Relief Efforts in Joplin, MO and Central US

The Salvation Army is responding to tornado and storm activity that struck the central US over the weekend. More information about how you can help support relief efforts is available here.

GPS photo of The Salvation Army Tulsa's canteen serving in Joplin, MO Sunday evening.

MISSOURI

The Salvation Army is supporting relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, which was struck by a deadly tornado Sunday.

Four mobile feeding kitchens are stationed in Joplin, each capable of serving several thousand meals. They are providing mass feedings for residents and first responders. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network also arrived in Joplin today to assist survivors in locating loved ones through a ham radio network.

KANSAS

Meanwhile, in hard-hit Reading, Kansas, which was nearly demolished by a tornado late Saturday night, two Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens, one stationary and one roaming, served meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 250 people Sunday. They will continue serving hundreds of meals each day through the rest of the week in Reading.

On Monday, more than a dozen members of a Kansas motorcycle club are volunteering for The Salvation Army from 4:30PM – 8PM to help with clean-up efforts in Reading.

MINNESOTA

Three Salvation Army mobile kitchens and crews are on the scene in St. Louis Park, Fridley and North Minneapolis to help families and emergency workers after the storms Sunday. Much of the damage caused by uprooted trees is making travel difficult in some areas. One of The Salvation Army’s transitional housing units in Fridley sustained minor damage and none of the four men living at the house were injured.

“I’ve got 24 to 36 hours of back-up volunteers ready to go,” said Drew Hasty, Salvation Army metro disaster manager. “We are prepared to assist city officials with any emerging needs as an emergency shelter is likely to be needed this evening.”

HELP STORM SURVIVORS

Your monetary donations will go a long way in supporting storm survivors and damaged communities. To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you can donate:

  • Online at www.salvationarmyusa.org
  • Over the phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Via text. Send “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Confirm when prompted with “yes.”
  • Mail a check to:

The Salvation Army

1130 Hampton Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63139-3147

Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.”

We are not at this time accepting in-kind donations for storm survivors. Many people have asked about wanting to donate items such as clothes or furniture, but these items are rarely needed for relief efforts. Click here to find more information about why financial donations are the best way to help.

If you’d like to register with The Salvation Army as a volunteer, please click here.