Salvation Army Begins Emergency Response After Tornadoes Rip Through Midwest States


One canteen (mobile kitchen) of many serving in Kokomo, IN shortly after the tornaodes struck Sunday. Photo:

The following was provided by The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website

After a number of powerful tornadoes caused serious damage in the American states of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky on Sunday 17 November, The Salvation Army activated its emergency response plans in affected areas and is now prepared for further tornadoes expected in Michigan and Ohio. Homes, businesses and vehicles were destroyed by up to 40 tornadoes that tore through the Midwest, with six people known to have been killed in Illinois and hundreds injured. It is feared that these numbers will rise as rescue workers sift through the wreckage.

Hundreds of people were made homeless as a result of the destruction, and The Salvation Army is ready to assist those who have been affected in this way.

Emergency shelter at 1007 E. Foster in Kokomo, IN has been offering food and shelter to those displaced by Sunday's tornado. Photo:

Emergency shelter at 1007 E. Foster in Kokomo, IN has been offering food and shelter to those displaced by Sunday’s tornado. Photo:

The Salvation Army’s Captain Jeff Carr in Peoria, Illinois, reports that canteens (mobile kitchens) have been deployed to three nearby areas, including Washington, which sustained heavy damage. The Salvation Army also opened a tornado shelter in Pekin, offering welcome respite from the winds.

Major David Dalberg, Emergency and Disaster Service Director for The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division (Chicago), advises that canteens are operating in tornado-struck Will County, near Chicago. The canteens there have been providing drinking water and serving hot and cold food to hundreds of people.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Lieutenant Joseph Crawford has been working with local Emergency Management officials in McCracken County. In conjunction with the local emergency services, the response in this area has focused on hard-hit Bridgeport.

The Salvation Army’s well-rehearsed disaster response plans allow for positioning of a variety of emergency response equipment in strategic locations around the country.

How to Help

The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.

By Phone:

By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]

Text to give:
Text STORM to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your donation*.

By Mail:
Designated “November Tornadoes,” please send checks to:

DES PLAINES, IL 60016-6000

Terms and conditions:

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by Innogive Foundation and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to specify 80888 for help.