Monday, May 9, 2011
United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited local disaster response personnel in Georgia yesterday.
Among them were Salvation Army personnel who have been providing physical and spiritual assistance to tornado survivors. Secretary Napolitano praised local relief agencies and residents of Catoosa County who have shown great resilience and initiative in rebuilding their community.
Click here to read the full story.
Friday, May 6, 2011
The Salvation Army continues its service across the south in tornado ravaged areas by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storms. This need may come in the form of non-perishable food boxes, toiletries, baby supplise, support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis. In some areas, the Army’s focus has shifted to providing for long-term needs by assisting with social case work.
Below is the latest summary of our efforts. If you’d like to support our relief efforts, you can donate online by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or click here:
* The Salvation Army has served 165,500+ hot meals, 398,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
* The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
* The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 6,500+ individuals.
* The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.
* Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 40,371 hours.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Interview with Dodger Lance Cormier
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Lance Cormier and his family are from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When his hometown was left severely damaged from recent tornadoes, he organized his teammates to do something to help.
An hour before the game on Sunday and again on Tuesday, Cormier and several of his Dodgers teammates signed autographs for the fans who put money in the kettle to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief work in the Southern states.
Click HERE to find the full story and a photo slideshow at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog.
Special thanks to Kathy Lovin and team for the info!
Clayton Kershaw offers two big thumbs up.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornadoes that struck Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee last week. To date, here is what we’ve done to help meet the needs of survivors:
* Served 86,000 hot meals, 260,000 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
* Provided over 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), is about to deploy 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day; has deployed 1 Shower Unit and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
* Distributing groceries, baby diapers & formula, and general hygiene products like soap, shampoo, etc.
* Ministered through Pastoral Care to 3,233 individuals.
* Assisting with Social Services Cases.
* Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 10,000+ hours.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Photo from Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA Facebook Album
For real time updates on The Salvation Army’s tornado relief work taking place across the southern US, here are a handful of local units’ social media sites we recommend. They’re posting everything from their service locations to donations needs to volunteer opportunities. Check them out:
Salvation Army Disaster Services:
Facebook: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA
Local Salvation Army Units on Twitter:
Birmingham, AL: @BhamSALVARMY
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division: @salarmyalm
Cleveland, TN: @tsacleveland
Chattanooga, TN: @SalArmyChattown
Southern Spirit: @Southern_Spirit
Salvation Army USA: @salvationarmyus
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Photo from The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division’s Facebook album.
Story originally posted at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
Days after the storms roared through Mississippi and Alabama, The Salvation Army’s Disaster response continues as clean up and recovery swing into high gear.
Sifting through the rubble, many residents are finding hope in the warm meals, drinks, and
encouragement of The Salvation Army. Across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army is an important connection to cold water, a hot meal, and emotional support for many survivors.
Pratt City resident Connie Pulam, remains vigilant in her desire to rebuild, but also understands the patience and positive attitude required in the recovery process.
“I may be houseless, but I am not homeless as long as I have my head to lay somewhere, I am alive,” she said Monday while sifting through the splinters and rubble that was once her house.
She and her husband were able to get out of the house just before the tornado hit.
“Something told me, I imagine the Holy Spirit, to get out of there, so we got in the car and took off.”
They were able to get a safe distance before everything was gone.
Upon returning, they found the broken pieces of their physical belongings, but a hope only found in faith. Undergirding that faith is The Salvation Army’s presence in Pratt City and the across Alabama. “Now we are just happy to see the help coming, The Salvation Army has been great in this area,” she said.
The Salvation Army has had two canteens in the area since the tornado hit. Residents in Pratt City and all other areas affected have had access to water, food and counseling.
“It is a blessing to have The Salvation Army here. It is just a comfort to know they care.”
Currently, thirty-eight feeding units and one shower trailer are actively serving in Mississippi and Alabama. Since relief work began over 65,000 hot meals and 130,000 drinks have been served and countless more prayerfully encouraged in their journey towards recovery.
Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Thousands were served on Friday. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being made available as needed in a number of areas. The Salvation Army has also deployed a four stall mobile shower trailer to Smithville, MS.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
We’ve received tons of feedback from people across the US wanting to get involved with The Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts. Thank you for your desire to help those in need! Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about getting involved with us.
1. How do I donate to The Salvation Army’s ongoing relief efforts?
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. You can donate several ways:
(In all cases, please designate your gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”)
* Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org and click on the red “Donate Now” button in the top right corner.
* Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
* Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Please confirm when prompted with “Yes.”
* Send a check to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 100339
Atlanta, GA 30384-0339
2. Can I volunteer with The Salvation Army in tornado affected communities?
Volunteer opportunities and need vary by local community.
If you live within areas affected by the recent tornadoes, please contact your local Salvation Army to see if they are in need of volunteers to serve. You can find their contact information by typing in your zip code in the ‘Search’ bar in the upper right hand corner of our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Salvation Army units are currently not recruiting volunteers from outside the disaster area. However, you can register as a volunteer should future opportunities arise. You may do this at www.disaster.salvationarmy.org or click the direct link here. http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/give/?volunteer
3. Are you accepting gifts in-kind, like clothes or canned food, for tornado survivors?
If you live in disaster- devastated regions, before beginning an in-kind donation drive, contact your local Salvation Army to confirm the need (see answer #2 for finding contact information). Get precise information about what products are needed. Used clothing, furniture and motor vehicles are usually not needed during a disaster response. Shipping costs and arrangements, transportation logistics, and sorting/packing of goods can consume more time, manpower, and finances than are available to a local organization.
In addition, communities hit by a disaster can be quickly overwhelmed by well-intentioned but uncoordinated shipments of donated goods and often do not have the resources to dispose of unneeded product. For these reasons we request you speak with your local Salvation Army first or consider making a financial donation, which is efficient and immediate in serving disaster-stuck areas.
The Salvation Army is not at this time collecting in-kind gifts outside of the disaster area. However, your gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider donating these items to support The Salvation Army within your local community.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Salvation Army Continues Tornado Relief Across Southeast US
The Salvation Army has been providing meals, drinks, snacks and emotional & spiritual comfort in the three states devastated by last week’s tornado outbreak. The following is a brief report of today’s activity:
Chattanooga, TN: As need continues to remain high, the Chattanooga Area Disaster response has called for more additional feeding units support. To date, they’ve served more than 16,000 hot meals, 20,000 snacks, 25,000 beverages, and spiritual care to well over 1,000 people since disaster operations began last Thursday.
Birmingham, AL: The Salvation Army has served more than 41,000 meals, 41,000 snacks, 58,000 bottles of water, and had over 900 volunteers working more than 6,000 hours. They have also counseled and prayed with almost 2,000 victims. 37 canteens are spread out across multiple cities.
In addition, The Salvation Army has seven additional mobile feeding units roaming and stationed across TN and KY.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Salvation Army has released the first of a regular, short video series about relief and recovery to the thousands struck by recent tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Your support can help us provide relief for survivors! Please call 1-800-SAL-Army or donate through www.salvationarmyusa.org and designate your donation towards “Tornado relief.” Thanks for your help!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
The Salvation Army’s Lt. David Costellow of Chattanooga, TN reports the following good news of coordinated relief efforts in the tornado-devastated area:
“Times of disaster tend to bring out the best qualities in individuals with neighbors helping one another, but often in the midst of the crisis, there are many who get overlooked and even others who get flooded with care as a result of our goodwill. In a time when our resources may be limited, this can lead to suspicion on behalf of a donor who may be wondering if their donation is being used in the best possible way. However, when that donor sees agencies working together to meet the needs of their community, it brings about a feeling of peace and confidence that their money is doing the most good to meet the present need.
Last night, at The Salvation Army in Cleveland, TN, all the major relief agencies in Bradley County sat around the same table working on solutions to meet the needs of their community. Representatives from Men and Women of Action, Baptist Association, The Red Cross, The United Way, Lee University, Bradley High School, Living Word Fellowship, and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club were all represented. Their goal was to have a more efficient utilization of their services and volunteers. As a result, The Salvation Army has become the hub for all volunteers, the American Red Cross will be coordinating hot meals, and the Baptist Association will be coordinating the clean up and rebuilding efforts and The Salvation Army will be handing out non-perishable food. The local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has identified The Salvation Army and The Red Cross as the lead agencies in this effort. The spirit of volunteerism is high as these agencies unite together to help their community recover from this disaster.
Although there are hundreds of volunteers working together, the demand for assistance remains high here in Cleveland and around the Chattanooga area, and we need your help! First and foremost, we solicit your prayers for the tornado victims and relief workers. We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which they can donate monetarily to the relief effort.”