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
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.”
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.”
Monday, April 18, 2011
The Salvation Army has been actively responding to disasters across the southern United States this weekend, following a large tornado outbreak in multiple states and wildfires.
In Oklahoma, local Army units worked around the clock in Tushka, Oklahoma after a deadly tornado hit the area. They worked with the Red Cross and the Choctaw Nation to provide more than 1,000 sandwiches, 500 meals, 1,500 snacks, and dozens of cases of drinks to survivors and first responders. In addition, the Army helped deliver hardware such as tarp material, hammers, and nails.
Tornadoes also severely damaged Mississippi communities. Salvation Army personnel rotated between two sites in Jackson to ensure all survivors were served hot meals. They are currently assessing the damage and planning how to respond to people’s material needs.
At a twin tornadoes strike site in Virginia, the Army is offering emotional and spiritual care. In addition to serving hundreds of hot meals and bottled water, volunteers and staff have distributed 160 cleaning kits and hundreds of sealable storage containers to families who are cleaning their homes. The Salvation Army is also giving out gift cards to help people buy housing repair items.
The Salvation Army responded to 4 separate wildfire outbreaks in southwestern Oklahoma. Officers and volunteers worked into the early morning hours passing out more than 1,000 meals and drinks, as well as 150 hygiene kits. In Lawton, Oklahoma, The Salvation Army is coordinating with the American Red Cross to make sure all needs are met.
This comes less than a week after wildfires destroyed more than 200,000 acres across West Texas and ruined nearly 50 homes. The Salvation Army responded by serving nearly 1500 meals during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Salvation Army is responding to the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma yesterday. Four fatalities have been reported in Central Oklahoma with 57 injuries, and nearly 37,000 homes are without power. Local authorities are assessing damage and conducting searches for survivors at this time. Searches are expected to continue through the night.
Within The Salvation Army’s Arkansas-Oklahoma Division, mobile feeding units (canteens) and individual officers are providing food and refreshments for first responders and others in the some of the hardest hit areas. An emotional and spiritual care team will also be deployed to support those affected by the storm’s fatalities.
For anyone who would like to help those affected by the tornadoes, please consider donating at www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate your contribution to “Oklahoma tornadoes.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes in Mississippi to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.
The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims. Please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you.
We are coordinating services with local and state authorities through the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Volunteers are asked to visit www.msema.gov to register as a volunteer.
Our teams continue to provide for physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of those who affected by these devastating storms. On Saturday, our Disaster Response teams served more than 830 hot meals and 450 snacks to residents and first responders in Mississippi.
For up to the date information, please visit The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Division’s website at www.salvationarmyalm.org or visit their Facebook page.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division is responding to multiple tornado touchdowns across much of Central and North Mississippi. Just after noonm, a strong super cell thunderstorm…