Real Time Relief Updates

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

Youtube: Youtube.com/salarmyeds

Twitter: @salarmyEDS

Local Salvation Army Units on Twitter:

Birmingham, AL: @BhamSALVARMY

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division: @salarmyalm

Cleveland, TN: @tsacleveland

Chattanooga, TN: @SalArmyChattown

News Updates:

Southern Spirit: @Southern_Spirit

Salvation Army USA: @salvationarmyus

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Salvation Army Canteens Remain an Ever Present Help for Residents

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.

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FAQ About Supporting The Salvation Army’s Tornado Relief Efforts

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.

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Salvation Army Continues Tornado Relief Across Southeast US

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.

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Tornado Relief Video Report

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!

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Working Together, United in Purpose

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.”

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Day 5: Service Continues Across Storm Ravaged South

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.

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Caring for Those Hit by “The Worst Local Disaster in 30+ Years”

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The following account was provided by The Salvation Army’s Lt. David Costellow, who serves with The Salvation Army in Chattanooga, TN:

“In what has been deemed as the worst disaster he has seen in his 35 years of emergency management by Hamilton County EMS director, Don Allan, we continue to witness incredible scenes of destruction in the aftermath of this area’s recent tornado outbreaks. We continue to serve in our five surrounding counties (Catoosa, Walker, Dade, Hamilton, and Bradley) by providing hot meals, water, and emotional and spiritual care.

In Cleveland, TN (Bradley County) over 260 volunteers helped provide 2,650 meals as well as over 400 food boxes with non-perishable food to those who are still without power. This weekend, a distribution center has been set up at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy to provide donated items such as clothes, water, toiletries, etc. Salvation Army social services are being provided at that site as well.

At another hard-hit area in Walker County, Georgia, our canteen services have provided over 1,000 meals each day since the beginning of the response. The need continues to remain high in that area as well as in neighboring Catoosa County where lunch and dinner is being served at the Ringgold City Hall.

The demand for hot meals continues to remain high as well as the demand for monetary donations. 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.”

You can financially support The Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts in multiple 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. (In the donation form, designate to tornado relief in the ‘Specific Use’ field.)
* Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
* Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Please confirm when prompted with “Yes.”

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Day 4: The Salvation Army Comforts Storm Survivors

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.

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Help The Salvation Army Help Tornado Survivors

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!

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