April 2011 Tornadoes Fast Facts — Friday, May 6, 2011

Published by Territorial Headquarters,
Communications Bureau
Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity in the southern United States, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities. The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

• 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.

Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

Support Services Continue Due
to Arkansas Flooding

Arkansas (May 6, 2011) — Rivers continue to swell and go over their banks at near historic levels in Arkansas. One week after the Black River left its banks in Randolph County; The Salvation Army continues to support the community of Pocahontas. As of Thursday afternoon, The Salvation Army was requested to support additional areas.

The Salvation Army has been asked to provide support for the National Guard being deployed along the White River to monitor the river’s flooding. On Thursday evening, the Central Arkansas Area Command made arrangements to deliver meals as the Fort Smith mobile feeding unit will arrive on Friday. Beginning Friday morning, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are being provided to approximately 200 National Guard Soldiers for the next five days.

In Randolph County Arkansas, flood waters continue to be high, causing treacherous travel. In Arkansas, many roads are closed. In areas driving into Pocahontas, the river seems within arm’s reach of the bridge.

The Little Rock mobile feeding unit is stationed at the Community Center on Geneva Drive in Pocahontas and is currently providing three meals a day. Cleaning, toiletry, and infant items, as well as other items are also being handed out to victims of the flood. Many are still not able to even get to their homes to see if they will have anything left. Several businesses continue to be closed and some City and County offices have been affected causing residents to have to go to a neighboring County for services.

On Saturday, a crew from El Dorado will take over meal service. As of Thursday evening, 3, 805 meals have been served in Pocahontas.

Media Contact:

Cynthia Fuller
The Salvation Army
AOK Divisional Marketing and Public Relations Director
cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
(405) 254-1156

The Salvation Army Transitions
from Mass Feeding to Social Case Work

Chattanooga, TN (May 6, 2011) — As the need for disaster assistance shifts more toward long-term recovery efforts, the Salvation Army has began to shift away from mass feeding and into long-term social casework. Although we will continue to serve hot meals as needed, the Salvation Army is continuing to “Do the Most Good” by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storm. This need may come in the form of non-perishable food boxes, toiletries, baby needs, support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis depending upon the need.

The Salvation Army will be setting up Disaster Recovery Centers at the following locations:

Catoosa County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.

Walker County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA, 30739.

Dade County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Board of Commissioners Room, 71 Case Avenue, Trenton, GA 30752.

Hamilton County, TN — The Salvation Army is going to be doing service at The Salvation Army Social Services Center located at 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407. An additional location for the Tiftonia community will be located at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419.

Bradley County, TN – Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312

Media Contact:

Lt. David Costellow
Public Information Officer
(270) 881-6510
David_Costellow@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army of KT, TN & GA Moves from Response to Recovery in the Southeastern Part of the Division While They also Prepare for Historic Flooding in Western TN

Chattanooga, TN (May 5, 2011) — The Salvation Army is continuing to “Do the Most Good” by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storm. This need may come in the form of non-perishable food boxes, toiletries, baby needs, limited support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis depending upon the need.

These services will be provided at the following locations:

Catoosa County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.

Walker County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA, 30739.

Dade County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Board of Commissioners Room, 71 Case Avenue, Trenton, GA 30752.

Hamilton County, TN — The Salvation Army is going to be doing service at The Salvation Army Social Services Center located at 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 . Additional location for the Tiftonia community will be located at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419

Bradley County, TN — Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312

Dyer County, TN — The Salvation Army is distributing hygiene kits and food boxes at the county distribution center.

Additionally around the division:

The Salvation Army mobile kitchen units will be serving hot meals, snacks and beverages in the following towns:

Memphis, TN — The Salvation Army continues to watch the threat of rising waters in the area and is active in the local EOC. They have 3 feeding locations: one at the EOC, one at the staging area the Riley Springs Mall, and the third where volunteers are sandbagging along the Mississippi River.

Henderson, KY — The Salvation Army has 3 separate locations where physical, emotional and spiritual services are being provided. The locations are in Henderson in the communities of Spottsville, Reed, Beals. They are scaling back to fewer than 100 meals a day and have served close to fifteen hundred meals total since relief efforts began.

Media Contact:

Kimberly George
Divisional Public Information Officer
423-503-1801
Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org
Canteen Deployment
ALM Tornado Disaster – April 2011
Deployment Date: Thursday, May 6, 2011

INCIDENT COMMAND CANTEEN LOCATION
Jackson County, AL Vidalia, GA Flat Rock Community Center
684 County Road 326, Flat Rock, AL
Atlanta, GA AC Higdon Baptist Church
Savannah, GA Flat Rock Community Center
684 County Road 326, Flat Rock, AL
Augusta, GA DRU 1 Delivery
Madison County, AL Huntsville, AL Publix Shopping Center
Jeff Rd/Hwy 53
Calhoun County, AL Anniston, AL Webster’s Chapel Baptist Church
3091 New Liberty Road
Wellington, Alabama
Lawrence County, AL Decatur, AL Roving
New Orleans, LA
DRV-20
Chaleybeate Springs Baptist Ch.
2751 Cnty Rd 214, Hillsboro, AL
Franklin County, AL CANTEEN OPS CEASED
Dekalb County, AL Fort Payne, AL Out of service
Marshall County, AL CANTEEN OPS CEASED
Cullman County Vero Beach, FL
Being deployed from B’ham
Hanceville, AL
St. Augustine, FL
Being deployed from B’ham
Holly Pond, AL
Monroe County, MS Tupelo, MS DRV-18 Piggly Wiggly
63436 Hwy 25 North, Smithville
New Orleans DRU
Tuscaloosa, AL Columbus, MS DRV-18 Out of service today
Panama City, FL DRV-20 American Legion (3800 University Blvd)
Pensacola, FL Hopewell Baptist Church
3800 University Blvd.
Alberta, AL
Jacksonville DRV-20 Forest Lake Baptist Church
107 18th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL DRV-20 Crescent Ridge Rd/Keene Drive
Meridian, MS Tuscaloosa Corps

(Greensboro/21st Street)
Jefferson County, AL Baton Rouge, LA DRV-18 350 Industrial Drive, B’ham
Birmingham DRV-18 Out for repairs
Vero Beach, FL Hueytown/Concord (stationary)
Tallahassee, FL DRV-20 Pratt City East – Hwy 78 and Cherry
Tampa, FL DRV-20 Fultondale
St. Augustine, FL See Cullman County
Titusville, FL Pleasant Grove, AL
(South – in the park)
West Pasco, FL Pleasant Grove, AL

(north residential area)
Lake Charles, LA DRV-18 McDonald Chapel, Pratt City West
(no physical address available)
Dothan, AL DRV-18 North Smithfield – Leola Avenue
Birmingham, AL MFU Hueytown/Concord (roving)
Walker County, AL CANTEEN OPS CEASED

Media Contact:

Mark Jones

Public Relations Director/PIO

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
Cell: (601) 278-2100
Mark_Jones@USS.Salvationarmy.org

Donations:

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.disaster.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.

Donation totals:

As of May 4, 2011 The Salvation Army USA reports the following totals:

Total: $487,000

Online: $335,000
1-800-SAL-ARMY: $115,000
Text-to-Give: $37,000

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

PIO Contacts:
Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.