Day Four: The Salvation Army Comforts Storm Survivors

Atlanta, GA — Reports indicate that at least 340 people died in the violent tornadoes which swept across the southern United States 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.

Since the outbreak, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) volunteers, staff, and officers have provided emotional and spiritual care as well as critical food and hydration to those in need. Prayer, love, a hot meal, a cold cup of water – all are readily available at any one of the mobile feeding units serving throughout the South.

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 throughout the South and will be deployed 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 — Numerous 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 — Salvation Army EDS personnel continue to meet the needs of 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.

For more information regarding ongoing relief efforts, please visit the Newsroom at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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.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.

Contact:

William C. Hale
Media Relations Coordinator
The Salvation Army Southern Territory Headquarters
678-485-4726
Will_Hale@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army Meets Material, Emotional & Spiritual Needs of Storm Survivors

Atlanta, GA — For the third straight day, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel are actively serving storm survivors across the southeastern United States.

Mobile feeding units staffed by trained Salvation Army officers, staff members, and volunteers are offering critical food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support to the thousands whose lives have been forever changed by one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in United States history. To date, 318 people have lost their lives.

EDS crews are currently serving residents of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Additional Salvation Army EDS teams are on standby throughout the South and will be deployed as needed.

Alabama — EDS teams have distributed approximately 4,650 meals at multiple locations across the state. Additionally, a trained Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care team has been deployed to Marion County to assist with the tragic loss of life.

Service locations include:

Franklin County, Phil Campbell, AL – 300 meals
Marion County, Hackleburg, AL – 250 meals
Jefferson County, Birmingham, AL – 1200 meals
Lawrence County, Molton, AL – 500 meals
DeKalb County, Rainseville, AL – 500 meals
Marshall County, Guntersville, AL – 500 meals
Tuscaloosa, Greensboro, AL – 750 meals
Bibb County, Eloine, AL – 250 meals
Madison County, Huntsville, AL – 400 meals

In support of relief efforts, The Salvation Army of Florida has deployed ten mobile feeding units staffed by volunteers and EDS personnel to Alabama.

Mississippi — Mobile feeding units are currently serving residents of Kemper County, Webster County, and the city of Oxford. As of Friday morning, teams had served approximately 650 meals and offered critical emotional and spiritual support.

Georgia — Griffin, GA has five mobile feeding units addressing basic human needs in Sunny Side, Vaughn, Barnesville, and the surrounding areas. As of Friday afternoon, EDS personnel had provided 1,960 meals, 2678 bottles of water, 48 clean-up kits, and 62 snacks.

As of Friday morning, Rome, GA mobile feeding units had provided 230 meals, 600 bottles of water, and offered emotional and spiritual support to 10 survivors. EDS personnel anticipate that 500 meals will be served this evening.

Additional teams from the Kentucky/Tennessee Division are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support to various locations in Georgia including the hard-hit town of Ringgold.

Tennessee — Numerous 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. Over the last several days, thousands of meals have reached survivors.

Kentucky — Salvation Army EDS personnel continue to meet the needs of storm survivors in Paducah, Henderson, and Louisville through food distribution and emotional and spiritual care. At present, the greatest danger to Kentucky residents is the potential for flooding in the coming days. EDS personnel are evaluating these risks and making preparations should a response be required.

For more information regarding state specific relief efforts, please visit the Newsroom at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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.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.

Contact:

William C. Hale
Media Relations Coordinator
The Salvation Army Southern Territory Headquarters
678-485-4726
Will_Hale@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army Continues Response to Deadly Southern Storms

Atlanta, GA — Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are actively responding to the deadly tornadoes which have ravaged much of the southeastern United States over the last two days. To date, at least 272 lives have been lost while many more have suffered injuries and face catastrophic property damage. Hundreds of thousands are currently without electricity.

Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being made available as needed in a number of areas.

Additional Salvation Army EDS personnel and mobile feeding units currently on standby in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Maryland and West Virginia, Florida, and Texas will be deployed as needed.

Arkansas — An EDS mobile feeding unit has been sent to the Pocahontas area of Randolph County. The main levee protecting that town from the Black River has broken as of 10:00am today. Highway 67 between Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge is under water.

Alabama — Alabama, which was especially hard hit, has seen the death count rise to approximately 180 people. Salvation Army EDS personnel and mobile feeding units are serving multiple locations throughout the state. Three mobile feeding crews are serving in Tuscaloosa, two in Guntersville, one in Phil Campbell, one in Marion County, one in Molten, and six in Birmingham. The Salvation Army Corps and Shelter in Tuscaloosa was destroyed as tornadoes ripped through the area.

Mississippi — Mobile feeding units are currently serving residents of Kemper County, Webster County, and Oxford. Additionally information will be shared as reports are made available.

Tennessee — EDS personnel are actively serving residents of Cleveland, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Dyersburg, Greenville, and Memphis. Additional units are on standby throughout the state ready to respond as needed.

Cleveland, TN — EDS staff and more than 100 volunteers have provided approximately 800 meals to first responders and victims through mobile feeding operations. Additionally, beverages and snacks are being provided to emergency shelter residents at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.

Chattanooga, TN — The Salvation Army served throughout the night in Catoosa County, GA where there were a confirmed 30 severe injuries and 7 fatalities. Mobile kitchen units are currently serving in Walker, Dade, Catoosa, and Hamilton Counties. The Salvation Army is partnering with the Chattanooga Red Cross and The Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief to meet shelter and food needs of affected residents.

Murfreesboro, TN — The Salvation Army has deployed its canteen and is currently serving storm damaged areas with emergency food, drink, and clean-up kits. Reports have been given to The Salvation Army which indicate that more than 150 homes have been affected and that residents face at least 72 hours without electricity.

Dyersburg, TN — The community of Southtown in Dyer County has been evacuated to Dyersburg for fear of levee failure. The Salvation Army will be feeding temporary shelter residents from their soup kitchen in Dyersburg. Mobile feeding units will serve volunteers who are sand bagging areas in an effort to save homes.

Clarksville, TN — The Salvation Army in Clarksville had to evacuate their building due to flooding. Despite this setback, EDS personnel are assessing local flood damage and are prepared to serve as needed.

Greenville, TN — Stationary and roving feeding units are in place and serving flooded areas.

Memphis, TN — The Salvation Army of Memphis has served breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Emergency Operations Center and are providing the above meals to those who are filling sandbags at the Pyramid. EDS personnel are also on standby to provide mass feeding to potential flood victims.

Kentucky — Following severe storms yesterday and today, the state of Kentucky faces extensive flood risks.

Paducah, KY — The Salvation Army of Paducah is providing meals, beverages, and support for the local temporary emergency shelter serving flood evacuees. Preparations are also being made to support sandbagging efforts.

Henderson, KY — The Salvation Army of Henderson is currently assessing potential flood damage. The town of Reed has been evacuated. They continue to respond to the tornado that hit Poole, KY. EDS personnel have been requested to provide assistance in Union County to deliver meals to those sandbagging. Teams are on standby to provide meals to the local shelter.

Louisville, KY — The Louisville Salvation Army is on standby to serve should there be any flooding and continues to monitor the rising waters.

Georgia — The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams in Georgia are on standby and ready to serve victims, first responders, and volunteers from mobile feeding units in Georgia and Alabama. In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, and emotional/spiritual care. Because of recorded deaths and destruction in Catoosa, Floyd and Walker Counties, Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for Georgia.

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.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY 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.

Contact:

William C. Hale
Media Relations Coordinator
The Salvation Army Southern Territory Headquarters
678-485-4726
Will_Hale@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army Responds to Widespread Tornado Activity

Atlanta, GA — Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel are currently responding to tornadic activity throughout the southeastern United States. Initial reports indicate extensive damage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with storms tracking through N. Alabama, N.W. Georgia, and S.E. Tennessee.

In response, the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division of The Salvation Army has mobilized 10 feeding units and a communications unit. Another 22 mobile feeding units including catering trucks, mobile kitchens, and a 20,000 meal per day full service field kitchen have been placed on standby. Units are providing food, beverage, and spiritual support to storm victims 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.

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.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate April 2011 Tornado Outbreak. Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.

Media Contacts:

Major Todd Smith
Area Commander
Birmingham, Alabama
(205) 966-8084
Todd_Smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

Mark Jones
PIO / Director of Public Relation
ALM Division
(601) 961-7709
Mark_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army Helps Storm Victims in Arkansas and Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK — The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army was quick to arrive on the scenes of devastation after tornadoes hit Arkansas on Monday evening. Services were provided in Vilonia, Hot Springs Village, and Fountain Lake, Arkansas on Tuesday. They are working with Emergency Management to ensure other communities receive assistance as well.

Conway Corps Officer, Captain Ben Walters, was joined by Major James Taylor, Central Arkansas Area Commander, overnight to serve snacks and hydration to those immediate responding to the storm in Vilonia. The Little Rock canteen remained through Tuesday afternoon serving breakfast and lunch. Major James Taylor coordinated with the American Red Cross and Baptist Ministries as they arrived on scene to assist with feeding. Additionally, appreciation is given to Vilonia High School, US Foods, and Lake Ice who provided items to help with the meals. Service was completed after lunch was served. The Salvation Army remains in contact with Emergency Management to ascertain needs.

The Fort Smith canteen was sent to Hot Spring Village and later to Fountain Lake to assist Major Ron Mott in Garland County. They remained in Fountain Lake through the afternoon providing food and beverages for the residents and responders in that area. The Fort Smith canteen will remain in Hot Springs until no longer needed. Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, was dispatched to Hot Springs Tuesday evening to help Major Mott with evaluation of services needed in Piney and Royal.

The Salvation Army also worked with Oklahoma Emergency Management to facilitate four pallets of water and two pallets of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) be shipped from Tulsa Area Command to Stillwell, Oklahoma (Adair County) on Tuesday afternoon where residents are in a shelter due to flooding. The water systems in parts of Adair and Cherokee counties have been contaminated with flood waters and will not be consumable for several more days.

Mobile units across Arkansas and Oklahoma remain on stand-by to serve. Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate AOK Division Disaster Response. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.

Contact: Major James Taylor, The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas
501-580-4949 or james_taylor@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Major Ron Mott, The Salvation Army of Hot Springs Arkansas
501-247-5507 or ron_mott@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Chattanooga Salvation Army Puts Emergency Disaster Team on Alert as Dangerous Storms Pass through the Area

Chattanooga, TN – The Chattanooga Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Canteen is stocked and ready to roll. As dangerous thunderstorms with related tornado watches and warnings hit the Great Chattanooga Area today, a Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team was placed on immediate alert.

With more than 70,000 homes without power and severe damages reported in Tiftonia, Middle Valley, Hixson, Cleveland and other local sites, The Salvation Army’s Canteen—a mobile kitchen—was stocked with food and water. Its team is now ready to go into action.

A primary role of The Salvation Army in disaster relief is to provide food, hydration and spiritual comfort to disaster victims and relief workers. The Salvation Army also teams with the Chattanooga Red Cross Chapter to assist as needed with serving at Red Cross shelters.

As storm damage is assessed, the Emergency Disaster Services Team awaits direction to the location of most need. Salvation Army officers and staff are praying for our neighbors affected by these storms and encourages all in our community to pray for their needs as well. A third round of storms with possible “super cells” is expected to go through the area early this evening.

The Chattanooga Salvation Army receives donations for its Disaster Relief Services at 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403, or you may donate online at www.csarmy.org.

For more information, contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing and Development, at 423-503-1801.

The Salvation Army Disaster Teams Responding Throughout the South

Jackson, MS — Even as storms continue to hammer the region, The Salvation Army has deployed disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to multiple locations throughout Louisiana and Alabama. On Tuesday evening a strong thunderstorm system began moving across the region, spurning tornadoes. Extensive power outages, structural damage, and injuries to residents have been reported.

Mobile feeding units will be present throughout the evening to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to residents of Natchitoches, LA and Marshall County, AL.

Mobile feeding units and pastoral care teams from Gadsden and Huntsville in Alabama and the Natchez Community near Natchitoches, LA will work to ensure that residents of storm ravaged areas can focus on recovery, while The Salvation Army meets their physical and emotional needs.

Units will be available at the following locations:

Guntersville, Alabama: Lowe’s Parking Lot and Guntersville Rec. Center
Natchez, Louisiana: Bermuda Road behind RDS Construction

Beginning the evening of April 23, 2011 a strong super cell thunderstorm began dropping severe weather on a line stretching throughout the south. The Salvation Army responded immediately to multiple sites damaged by reported tornadoes to asses need.

“The Salvation Army will be providing care and compassion to residents affected by these storms. We eagerly desire to reach out to the hurting residents of storm ravaged areas providing care and comfort, and the hope of a brighter tomorrow.” stated Bill Feist Divisional Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

Media Contact:

Mark Jones

Public Relations Director/PIO

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
Cell: (601) 278-2100 Office: (601) 961-7709

Mark_Jones@USS. Salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army Assisting Storm Victims in St. Louis — Tornadoes that ripped through St. Louis Airport have lasting effect

St. Louis, MO − The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Response Team continues to assist those impacted by the severe weather and tornadoes that ripped through our region on Friday.

“Our teams have been in three of the hardest hit communities providing food and supplies since Saturday,” said Major Jim Curl, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s relief efforts. “We have been able to provide a hand up and relief to those in need.”

Currently, The Salvation Army is providing 1,400 meals a day in Maryland Heights, Moline Acres and Berkeley neighborhoods. Two canteens (mobile kitchens) are providing three meals a day to those cleaning up and responding to the storms.

For those needing relief assistance or want to volunteer they can contact The Salvation Army at 314-646-3090.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations through its website at: www.stl-salvationarmy.org or donors may call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or mail donations to: The Salvation Army Midland Division, Storm Relief, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-9913.

Contact:

William Becker, Communications Director
(w) 314.646.3017 | 314.603.1095 (c)
William_Becker@usc.salvationarmy.org

Salvation Army Serves Breakfast In Vilonia

Little Rock, AR — This morning, The Salvation Army served 500 hot meals in front of the Vilonia High School to first responders and community members affected by the tornado. “We cooked eggs and sausage in our mobile canteen and served the first responders here, and volunteers loaded up their cars to deliver meals throughout the community,” said Major Jim Taylor, Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Commander.

After breakfast, the canteen unit relocated to the Vilonia Senior Center parking lot to begin preparing lunch. About 20 volunteers from the community began making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. The Vilonia High School donated burger patties, hotdogs, nachos and cheese. US Foods has donated buns and condiments, and Lake Ice out of Searcy has donated 30 bags of ice to the effort.

For additional information, contact Major Jim Taylor: 501-580-4949 or james_taylor@uss.salvationarmy.org.

The Salvation Army Aids First Responders in Vilonia, Arkansas

Little Rock, AR — In response to the tornadoes that tore across Arkansas Monday evening, The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command has dispatched its mobile canteen feeding unit to Vilonia to aid victims and first responders. “We are stocking the unit to serve about 1,000 meals, breakfast and lunch,” said Major Jim Taylor, Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Commander.

Salvation Army Captain Ben Walters was on the scene by 9:00 PM to assess the need for relief supplies. “I arrived with three coolers of ice water. It’s all been depleted. I would estimate that there are about 150 first responders at work performing search-and-rescue operations and clearing debris.”

The Salvation Army’s Fort Smith Corps also has a mobile feeding unit en route to the scene to provide additional support. The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command will coordinate additional relief services with the Pulaski County Office of Emergency Management.

For additional information, contact Major Jim Taylor: 501-580-4949 or james_taylor@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Cindy Fuller The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma Divisional PIO
E-mail: Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
Office: (405)254-1156 Mobile: (405)830-6549 Fax: (405)254-1000