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
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.
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. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www. salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.” Checks may be made out to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 100339
Atlanta, GA 30384-0339
At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
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.
Virginia – EDS 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
* 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.
Friday, April 29, 2011
The Salvation Army has released a Public Service Announcement with information about how you can support our relief efforts for tornado survivors in the southeast. Please share this with your friends and family!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel continue to respond to tornado activity throughout Alabama and Mississippi.
In response, the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division of The Salvation Army has mobilized 15 feeding units and a communications unit. They are providing food, drinks, and spiritual support to storm victims in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Guntersville, Molten, and Phil Campbell, Alabama. In Mississippi, disaster response teams are serving in Kemper County, Webster County, and Oxford.
Locations within AL and MS are reporting moderate to severe damage. As a result, Divisional Emergency Disaster Teams are being activated in various areas. Multiple EDS vehicles and teams are being positioned throughout the division for rapid response in areas where severe flooding is likely.
EDS teams from Mobile, Selma, and Columbus, MS have been activated to provide services to the Tuscaloosa area. Salvation Army Feeding units are being deployed to local affected areas prepared to serve 500 meals.
The Salvation Army of Birmingham responded immediately to the hardest hit areas. 6 feeding units from Dothan and Birmingham, AL and Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, LA are being used to provide food and drinks in many neighborhoods in Greater Birmingham.
Disaster units from Huntsville and Gadsden continue to serve storm victims. They are stationed at the Community Rec Center in Guntersville and the Gadsden Unit at Lowe’s, respectively.
Marion County, AL
The Laurel, MS feeding unit is responding to serve the North Alabama village of Phil Campbell and a team from Florence, AL is responding to serve the community of Hackleburg.
A Mobile Feeding unit from Jackson, MS has responded to serve residents food, drinks and pastoral care.
Webster County, MS
The Tupelo Canteen is in place and serving the community of Smithville, MS.
Kemper County, MS
The Salvation Army of Meridian has responded to serve in the east Mississippi County.
Additionally, The Salvation Army’s EDS Warehouse and Command Center in Jackson is being used to manage the widespread response across Alabama and Mississippi.
As damage reports are received, Salvation Army EDS personnel and mobile feeding units currently on standby in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Maryland and West Virginia will be deployed.
For more information about supporting The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, click here.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Note: For the latest updates, follow Salvation Army EDS on Twitter @salarmyEDS and on their website at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are responding to the destruction left by an outbreak of tornadoes that tore through the southeastern US.
According to news reports, more than 70 people have lost their lives, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama has suffered a great deal of damage. More storms are tracking through N. Alabama, N.W. Georgia, and S.E. Tennessee.
The Salvation Army already has teams providing food, drinks, and spiritual support to storm survivors in Tuscaloosa, Guntersville, and Lauderdale County, Alabama as well as Montpelier and Oxford, Mississippi. Mobile feeding units from the Kentucky-Tennessee Division (KTN) are serving victims in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee.
Additional Salvation Army EDS feeding units are currently in route to affected areas throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Another 22 mobile feeding units including catering trucks, mobile kitchens, and a 20,000 meal per day full service field kitchen are on standby.
Financial donations are needed to help with Salvation Army disaster relief efforts. If you’d like to support storm survivors:
• Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”
• Text “GIVE” to 80888.
• Send checks to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Please designate “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”
Friday, August 27, 2010
It’s difficult to imagine how hard it must have been for Gulf Coast residents to lose their homes and be displaced for months, sometimes years, after Hurricane Katrina. But to be diagnosed with a terminal disease on top of that? It seems it’d be too much for a person to handle.
In today’s video, Sheriff Bryan White shares the story of his dear friend Frank and how The Salvation Army helped fulfill his dying wish.
Read more in our report “Hurricane Katrina: 5 Years On” about how The Salvation Army has provided relief to the Gulf Coast and helps it to continue to move forward.
In addition, I’m including a few recent headlines about Katrina’s anniversary and the Gulf Coast:
* New York Daily News: Obama Admin Awards $25M in Katrina Funds
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Almost two years following Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi resident Kathlene Meier says she was still trying to rebuild her home pay check by pay check with only the help of her family, a process she expected would take many more years.
Imagine her relief when a knock on her door one day from a surprise visitor from The Salvation Army led to them receiving all the supplies they needed to complete their house. Kathlene shares the details of her story in the video above.
Kathlene is one of many people who found help rebuilding her home through The Salvation Army. We opened 84,000 cases helping 350,000 people with 84,000 with repair, rebuilding, furnishings and supplies.
Read more in our Katrina 5 Year Report about how The Salvation Army provided relief to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and continues to strengthen communities.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
As we approach the 5th year anniversary of Katrina, the nation is reflecting this week on tragedy that befell the Gulf Coast so many years ago and how the area has pressed on since. As an integral part of the community, The Salvation Army was there before the storm, and we were there after working to provide support and help rebuild.
The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Division posted an album on their Facebook page that looks back at their efforts to help those in need during the immediate aftermath. From serving food to providing medical support, The Salvation Army was a shining light during a very dark time.
But as we think back on the past five years, we also continue to look forward.
As a part of continuing recovery efforts, The Salvation Army is investing in projects, communities and individual lives in order to help the area become even stronger than before.
“When the Winds Died Down” gives a personal look at how members of the Gulf Coast community found support and hope from The Salvation Army. We’ll continue to post a new video each day this week that delves further into each individual’s personal story and how The Salvation Army helped them rebuild.