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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, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or send send a check for your donation made out to :


The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 100339
Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

Please d
esignate your gift as "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" for storms throughout the Southern US, or "Joplin Tornado" for efforts in and around Joplin, MO.)

You may also text your donation!  Simply text "GIVE" for general southern relief, or "JOPLIN" to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

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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“THE SALVATION ARMY WAS FIRST ON THE SCENE,
SO WE JUST ASKED WHAT THEY NEEDED”

In Joplin Missouri, Social Media Revolutionizes Disaster Relief

May 28, 2011

Joplin, MO:  Solace, a music venue that is also a church, is located on Main St in Joplin. Here, you will find a diverse mix of self-described "rag tag" kids with tattoos and piercings. Much like The Salvation Army, they use arts and music to glorify God. A praise concert was planned there for Friday the 27th; then the storms hit Joplin. When the tornado came, they took shelter in the back of their building, when the skies cleared, they came out and surveyed the destruction.

Amber "Zon" Gleeson, coordinator of their Joplin Relief effort recalls, "The people that were here walked outside, saw people wandering the streets and went out to help. The Salvation Army was the first relief agency on the scene, so we just went to them and asked what they needed."

The church quickly gathered cases of water and—utilizing social media—put the call out for any and all supplies The Salvation Army needed. "We needed a trailer for the canteen on 20th Street, and we had one within 2 minutes of putting the call out there." Another church member put out a call for sports drinks, and a semi-full was sent.

The donations Solace received are substantial. The Salvation Army has served nearly 20,000 meals to survivors and rescue workers to date, and would not have been able to meet those needs as efficiently without the quick response and support the team at Solace has provided.

The church partnered with the Pittsburg, Kansas canteen crew to take hygiene kits and food out to those still living in the wreckage, and continue to deliver supplies and minister to them daily.

"It's been incredible how quick people are able and willing to give. Facebook and Twitter have made this all possible," Gleeson says, as she glances around their facility, now completely stocked with every needed supply. The aid doesn't stop with food, clothing and supplies. One church member, Priscilla, was able to use her connections to provide a family in need with an electrician to help them make home repairs.

Solace is not only providing for immediate needs, but it hopes to lift the spirits of survivors in the days to come. On Saturday, they will hold a Memorial Weekend Community Block Party, where they will have live Christian music, games for kids and free hot food, all situated on the edge of the destruction. The Salvation Army will have a canteen on site providing refreshments and support to their new friends at Solace.

Monetary donations:
The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).

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THE SALVATION ARMY’S RESPONSE TO MAY 22 NORTH MINNEAPOLIS TORNADO

May 28, 2011

Minneapolis, MN: General Situation Report
  • The Salvation Army is committed to serving tornado survivors in North Minneapolis. In the four days since the disaster struck on May 22, The Salvation Army has provided financial assistance and basic necessities for 1,012 households, representing 4,238 people.  In addition it has served food/drink via mobile kitchens to 3,800 people. 
  • As of May 27, all Salvation Army tornado relief services are being offered exclusively at its North Minneapolis service center located at 2024 N. Lyndale Ave. 
  • In the days since the tornado, The Salvation Army has provided more than $121,000 in recovery assistance. This includes more than $70,000 worth of department store gift cards, clothing and gas vouchers have been provided to survivors, along with 57,000 pounds of nonperishable food and hygiene supplies. 
  • The Salvation Army plans to concentrate its future financial resources on families who are now homeless because of this disaster. Services may include rental assistance, furniture replacement and general household goods, as resources allow.
  • •Salvation Army mobile kitchens have been on duty and on call since the night of the storm.  So far, 3,300 people have received hot meals, snacks and beverages from Salvation Army mobile kitchens.
  • Meal service at N. Freemont and N. Dowling avenues will continue through Memorial Day.
  • As of May 25, there was no word on when the City of Minneapolis would complete its official assessment of those left homeless by the tornados, yet The Salvation Army remains committed to providing families with clothing and tangible goods as resources allow. Spiritual and emotional care continues to be a priority, along with connecting families with other service providers.
  • The Salvation Army Worship and Service Center at 2024 N. Lyndale Ave. in Minneapolis will be the hub of recovery activity for weeks and months to come. The Salvation Army has been serving North Minneapolis families since 1897 and will continue to make God’s presence felt in the neighborhood for years to come.
  • The Salvation Army North Minneapolis service center is the busiest center for Salvation Army services of basic necessities and food shelf. The tornado has increased that need and multiplied the urgency for help.
  • Current Financial Situation:
  • The Salvation Army needs a minimum of $1 million to provide housing assistance for an estimated 300 to 400 families left homeless by the disaster. Relocation services may include but are not limited to or inclusive of the following per household:  Maximum of $1,500 for damage deposit and/or first month’s rent; $300 in furniture and household goods assistance; $250 in moving expenses; gift-in-kind of bedding, food, and other supplies with a handling cost of $100.  The total expected expense per household would be approximately $2,150.
  • As of May 26 the estimated donations to The Salvation Army for metro storm relief are $120,000.  It is expected that expenses have exceeded that threshold.
  • As of May 26 the estimated donations to The Salvation Army for metro storm relief are $120,000.  It is expected that expenses have exceeded that threshold.
  • As of May 26, The Salvation Army has exhausted its monetary donations and will likely deplete all tangible good supplies by the end of the service day on May 27.
  • Once The Salvation Army gets the official list of damaged homes and family names from the city, we will concentrate on providing services to the families and individuals forced to relocate.
  • It costs an estimated $75/hour per mobile kitchen for The Salvation Army to respond to disasters by providing critical services to survivors.  Costs are estimated at $7,500 for the estimated 100 hours of mobile kitchen service.
  • Many Salvation Army staff responding to tornado survivors are working overtime this week, adding significant costs to Salvation Army response efforts.
  • Tornado response in Minneapolis to-date (through Thursday, May 26)
  • 3,800 people received food and drink from mobile kitchens
  • Another 4,238 people (1,012 households) received other assistance (clothing, food, gift cards, etc.) at The Salvation Army service center and shared resource centers
  • 43,000 pounds of food shelf items distributed
  • 14,000 pounds of hygiene products distributed
  • $45,000 in clothing vouchers given
  • $20,000 worth of gift cards distributed
  • More than $5,000 in miscellaneous assistance
Monetary donations:
Financial contributions can be made online at www.thesalarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by sending a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113 designated "metro storm."

A $10 contribution can be made by texting "BLESSING" to 85944, the charge will be added to your cell phone bill (Normal data and messaging rates may apply.)

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL AID TO
RESIDENTS OF TORNADO-DAMAGED READING, KANSAS

Mass Feeding Operations Continue in Joplin and Sedalia

May 28, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO:  Nearly one week after a tornado devastated the town of Reading, Kansas, The Salvation Army continues to provide essential aid to residents who have lost their homes, jobs and most of their possessions.

Since the disaster, which occurred last Saturday night, Salvation Army caseworkers have met with 231 individuals who reside in Reading, providing nearly $40,000 in direct financial assistance to help families obtain immediate necessities, including clothing, food, medicine and shelter.

In addition, The Salvation Army continues its mass feeding operations in Reading, serving meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 1,000 people over the last six days, including emergency crews, volunteers and residents.

Meanwhile, Salvation Army emergency disaster teams (EDS) were among the first on the scene in Joplin, Missouri, after that city was struck by a massive and deadly tornado late Sunday night. Currently, The Salvation Army has a total of six mobile feeding units that, to date, have served more than 26,000 meals, snacks and cold drinks to people throughout the affected areas of the city.

The Salvation Army has also stationed a mobile feeding unit in Sedalia, Missouri, which suffered damage in a tornado Wednesday. EDS crews have served more than 100 people in that city.

Monetary Donations:
Monetary donations to help The Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts in Reading, Joplin and Sedalia may be sent to: The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Please designate the donation “Tornado Relief”. Credit card donations may be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or going to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONSE TO MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING IN BISMARCK

May 27, 2011

Bismarck, ND:  General Situation Report
  • The Salvation Army is committed to serving alongside those affected by and responding to the flooding Missouri River in Bismarck, North Dakota, and surrounding areas.
  • It is predicted that Missouri River flooding may reach levels worse than those of 2009. The river is expected to reach the 18-foot flood stage on June 9th. This level of flooding is expected to continue for a month before the community will be able to “stand down.”
  • The community is working to build a dike 23 feet high with sandbags. There are currently 10 sandbagging sites, and there is a voluntary evacuation of lower Bismarck and Mandan. More than 600 National Guard members are assigned to assist with these efforts at “Sandbag Central”; 1100 National Guard individuals are on standby.
  • The Salvation Army has been providing meals, snacks, water, and other services in collaboration with the Red Cross since Wednesday, May 25.
  • Three Salvation Army mobile kitchens are providing food and hydration to volunteers and relief workers at numerous locations throughout Bismarck and Mandan. As of breakfast Friday, May 27, these canteens have provided meals to more than 1,083 people.
  • The Red Cross is providing shelter to evacuees.
  • The Salvation Army of the Twin Cities shipped pallets of water, snacks, and 150 clean-up kits to assist in flood relief efforts.
  • The Salvation Army is also sending in additional emergency disaster services personnel to assist in Bismarck. A crew from Fargo will support local efforts from May 31-June 15.
  • It is estimated that The Salvation Army will need at least $180,500 to cover expenses associated with responding to this disaster. This includes the operation of three mobile kitchens, as well as staff overtime.
  • It costs an estimated $75/hour per mobile kitchen for The Salvation Army to respond to disasters. Final costs are likely to be greater than $151,200 for the 2,016 hours and more of mobile kitchen support that will be required to assist in flood relief efforts.
Monetary donations:
Financial contributions can be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by sending a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113 designated "Flooding”

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THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDING TO TORNADOES

May 25, 2011
Oklahoma City, OK:  Even as devastating tornadoes and storms head East in Oklahoma, The Salvation Army is on the move.  The Salvation Army is working with Emergency Management and has been asked to respond to various locations.

Oklahoma
The Central Oklahoma Area Command is deploying the mobile feeding unit to support the shelter in El Reno.  El Reno is located in Canadian County where damage and fatalities are reported.   The Salvation Army shelter is located at 201 S. Bickford.

The Enid mobile feeding unit is being deployed to Woodward County in western Oklahoma.  They will be responding to Cedar Ridge Mobile Home Park where approximately 60 manufactured homes were destroyed.  Search and rescue efforts are underway.

The Lawton mobile feeding unit is being dispatched to Chickasha where numerous structures were damaged or destroyed by a tornado.  Also, an apartment complex was heavily damaged.  Lt. James Biddix, Chickasha, and Captain Ernie Hull, Lawton, will be providing food and hydration to emergency responders and storm victims.

The Ponca City mobile feeding unit, currently in Stillwater with Sgt. Rob Daniels, is deploying to the intersection of 19th and Western in Stillwater to support first responders and damage assessment teams.

Missouri
Additionally, the Tulsa mobile feeding unit with Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa, and a volunteer continue to be on the scene in Joplin, Missouri where a devastating tornado hit on Sunday evening.   The unit is located near the hospital where the Search and Rescue Mobile Command is located and they are supporting numerous responders.  The unit is providing 24-hour around the clock feeding and hydration.

Tornado watches and warnings continue to be prevalent in Oklahoma moving in an eastward direction.   All Arkansas-Oklahoma division units are on stand-by.

Multiple locations in Oklahoma have sustained damage due to tornadoes although reports are still coming in to the state EOC.  Tornado warnings and watches, thunderstorm warnings and watches, and flood warnings continue to be in effect across much of Eastern Oklahoma.

The Salvation Army is prepared to provide care and compassion, food and hydration to those affected by storms.   Please pray for all of those affected by the storms in Central United States in the last few days.

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/cindySAARMYOKPR.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OFFERS FINANCIAL AID TO
READING, KANSAS TORNADO SURVIVORS


May 25, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO:  The Salvation Army is moving into a new phase of disaster assistance for residents of Reading, Kansas, which was devastated by a tornado late Saturday night.

Salvation Army caseworkers are providing financial aid to tornado survivors to help with immediate needs such as food, clothing, medicine, shelter, bedding and baby products.

The financial help center will be set up today through Thursday at the Reading elementary school. The hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. Beginning Friday, residents from Reading in need of financial assistance should go to The Salvation Army community center in Emporia, located at 327 Constitution Street. Residents are asked to bring with them a picture ID or documents showing their address, if possible.

Meanwhile, The Salvation Army continues mass feeding operations in Reading.  Since Sunday morning, emergency disaster services personnel have provided meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 500 people, including emergency workers, volunteers and residents. 

Anyone wishing to donate to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Reading may call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmy.us.  Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.

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KSHB-TV TEAMS UP WITH THE SALVATION ARMY TO HELP
TORNADO VICTIMS IN MISSOURI AND KANSAS


May 25, 2011

Kansas City, MS:  KSHB-TV, Kansas City’s NBC Action News Station, has partnered with The Salvation Army to raise funds for tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri and Reading, Kansas. All this week on NBC Action News at 5:00 and 6:00 pm, phone lines will be open and representatives from The Salvation Army will be accepting cash donations. The phone number to call to donate is 816.932.HELP (4357). The lines will be open each day from 5:00-7:00 pm. On Monday, NBC Action News viewers generously donated $59,300 in the two hour telethon.

“The station was pleased to partner with the Salvation Army and provide a vehicle for our loyal viewers in the Kansas City area to help our neighbors in Joplin and Reading. We’ll be working together all week with The Salvation Army to raise funds and help anyway we can,” said Mike Vrabac, vice president and general manager for KSHB/KMCI-TV.

Viewers may also contribute $10 by texting the word JOPLIN to 80888. They may also give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org


Source:

Randy Thurman, KSHB/KMCI-TV  Direct: (816) 932-4120  | thurman@nbcactionnews.com 


About The E. W. Scripps Company
The E. W. Scripps Company (www.scripps.com) is a diverse, 132-year-old media enterprise with interests in broadcast television stations, newspapers, and local news and information web sites.  The company's portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 10 broadcast TV stations, with six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; daily and community newspapers in 13 markets, and the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Media Center, home of the Scripps Howard News Service.

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THE SALVATION ARMY WORSHIP AND SERVICE CENTER PROVIDING
ASSISTANCE WITH BASIC NECESSITIES IN MINNEAPOLIS

The biggest need is for financial donations

May 24, 2011

Minneapolis, MN:  The Salvation Army Worship and Service Center is providing assistance with clothing, food and basic necessities beginning today at 9 a.m. at 2024 Lyndale AVE N, Minneapolis. Until a family assistance center is set up by the city of Minneapolis, The Salvation Army will offer what help it can from its North Minneapolis service center.

"We recognize one of the biggest challenges is transportation," said Major Darryl Leedom, Salvation Army Twin Cities Commander. "Our doors are open to help with basic needs while we wrestle with how to help people get to our location. Many on these families already struggled with financial hardship and lack of adequate transportation, this storm has made it nearly impossible."

The biggest need is for financial donations but nonperishable food, hygiene items and diapers will be accepted at the 2024 Lyndale location. Used clothing and furniture donations are being accepted at the Salvation Army Donation Center at 900 N 4th ST in Minneapolis or at other Salvation Army thrift stores.

Large quantity donations should first call 651-746-3400 as storage at 2024 Lyndale is limited.

"While we cannot guarantee your donations of clothing and furniture will only go to storm survivors, our stores are the best and most helpful way to serve those in this crisis," Leedom said. "Survivors will receive free vouchers at our Lyndale office to spend at any of our stores."

Survivors are asked to bring identification showing their residency to establish that they are within the storm-damage area.

Financial donations can be made online at www.thesalarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or mailing a check to The Salvation Army 2445 Prior AVE, Roseville MN 55113. In addition at $10 donation can be made by texting "blessing" to 85944, the charge will be added to your cell phone bill. Make sure to reply "yes" to confirm your donation.

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CHIEFS ANNOUNCE DONATION; TEAM WITH MEDIA PARTNERS, SALVATION ARMY,
HEART-TO-HEART INTERNATIONAL FOR DISASTER RELIEF

May 23, 2011

Kansas City, MO:  In response to the tragic tornadoes that touched down in Joplin, Mo. and Reading, Kan. this weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs will contribute $35,000 to disaster-relief efforts. Additionally, they and their media partners are teaming with the Salvation Army – Midland Division to hold a bottled-water drive at Arrowhead Stadium for individuals in Kansas City to assist victims in the tornado-ravaged areas. The Chiefs will also be accepting financial donations for Heart-to-Heart International.

Bottled-water donations will be accepted in Lot C on the east side of Arrowhead Stadium Tuesday
from noon until 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Those wishing to provide donations of bottled water may use any entrance to the stadium and may learn more from Chiefs broadcast partners KCTV5, 101 The Fox KCFX and Sports Radio 810 WHB, who have joined the Chiefs in supporting this important effort.

All bottled-water donations will be distributed by the Salvation Army at their four mobile feeding
kitchens stationed in Joplin. Fry-Wagner Moving and Storage is transporting all of the donated water to  the Joplin area. Chiefs executives, Cheerleaders, Red Coaters and Ambassadors will be helping collect donations throughout both days.

Cash and check donations will also be accepted in Lot C during the above times. The Chiefs are
partnering with Heart-to-Heart International for all monetary donations. All checks should be made
payable to Heart-to-Heart International. The donated funds will be divided between the recovery efforts in Joplin and Reading.

State emergency management officials have identified bottled water and monetary donations as
the best ways to assist immediately.

“The Chiefs Kingdom has been greatly affected by the tornadoes in Joplin and Reading. Our hearts
and prayers go out to the people affected by these disasters,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “We were informed that bottled water is the most pressing need at this point. Our hope is that our efforts will assist in meeting the immediate needs of those impacted. Our entire organization stands ready to help in the days and months ahead.”

Donation Items Accepted:
 
     • Cases of bottled water
     • Cash
     • Checks made out to Heart-to-Heart International

More information about the donation effort can be found at kcchiefs.com. Fans are also
encouraged to stay tuned to the Chiefs official broadcast partners who will be actively involved in
promoting the relief efforts and updating viewers and listeners on how to stay involved in the recovery efforts.

     • KCTV5 will have a one-hour special tonight airing at 9 p.m. and will be accepting bottledwater
       and monetary donations Tuesday and Wednesday at its studio.
     • 101 The Fox KCFX will broadcast live from Lot C Tuesday afternoon and during the day on
       Wednesday.
     • Sports Radio 810 WHB will broadcast live from Lot C on Tuesday afternoon and during the
       day on Wednesday.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OPENS DISASTER DISTRIBUTION CENTER
TO ASSIST TUSCALOOSA TORNADO SURVIVORS

Tornado survivors encouraged to make appointment to lessen long wait times.

May 23, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL:  The Salvation Army will serve Tuscaloosa-based tornado survivors through a new disaster distribution center, beginning Monday, May 23.  This center will provide free counseling, one-time limited financial assistance and in-kind product assistance to those survivors of the April 27 tornado outbreak who are still struggling to meet basic needs.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this supplemental assistance to those families and individuals most impacted by the April 27 tornado outbreak,” said Major Steve Morris, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Response efforts in Tuscaloosa. “The goal is relieve the burden of acquiring these essential needs – food, water and hygiene items – and help survivors focus on moving forward with rebuilding their homes and lives.”

Assistance will be given on an appointment basis, to help alleviate long waiting times for tornado survivors, especially with the recent warm temperatures in Tuscaloosa.  Appointments are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m. through 3:00p.m. (last appointment begins at 3:00p.m.).

Tuscaloosa-based tornado survivors who wish to apply for relief assistance through The Salvation Army should call (205) 345-6939 to make an appointment.  Center location and additional instruction will be given when individuals call to make an appointment.

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONSOLIDATES RELIEF EFFORTS TO
TWO LOCATIONS BUT DOES NOT CEASE ITS ASSISTANCE


May 23, 2011

Chattanooga, TN:  For over three weeks The Salvation Army has been serving on the frontlines of relief efforts assisting those who were affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Northwest GA, and Southeast TN.  The Salvation Army remains strong in its relief efforts providing the basic necessities like food, water, cleaning supplies, baby items, etc. Services are being provided at the local Disaster Recovery Centers.  The Salvation Army has combined its relief centers to the following two locations:

For the Northwest Georgia and Hamilton County Communities:

The Salvation Army East Lake Social Services, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407.

Bradley County Community:  The Salvation Army Distribution Warehouse, 2960 Barney’s Lane, Cleveland, TN.

Many residents are still in need.  The Salvation Army is encouraging neighbors who were affected by the tornadoes and need relief services, to please visit The Salvation Army at one of the above centers.  For more information please call The Salvation Army at 423-756-1023.

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THE SALVATION ARMY ASSISTING TORNADO SURVIVORS IN LaCROSSE
Tornadoes and storms Damage 200 Homes & Businesses

May 23, 2011

Wauwatosa, WI: The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Teams responded to a tornado that touched down on the south side of  LaCrosse late Sunday afternoon damaging more than 200 homes and businesses. The Salvation Army deployed its mobile feeding unit providing meals to recovery and response teams and families affected by yesterday’s tornadoes and storms. Clean up kits and vouchers for emergency lodging and clothing have also been provided by The Salvation Army to those families impacted by last nights tornado and storm. The mayor of LaCrosse has declared the area a state of emergency.

“Our teams will be here providing food, emergency shelter and cleaning supplies to area families until recovery is complete,” said Terry Leece, Salvation Army Director of Disaster Services.

“We have been able to provide a hand up and relief to those in need,” said Major Curtiss Hartley Salvation Army LaCrosse.

You may make a credit card donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by going to www.salvationarmyusa.org. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 11315 W Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI, 53226. Please designate the gift “LaCrosse Tornado.”

At this time, in-kind donations are not being accepted as financial donations better allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of survivors.

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HOW TO HELP JOPLIN, MISSOURI TORNADO RELIEF EFFORTS
Telethon Tonight on NBC Action News in Kansas City

May 23, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO: The Salvation Army, which is conducting mass feeding efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, has established a text-to-donate number specifically to support the organization’s relief efforts in that community.

Cell phone users may text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation. You may also make a credit card donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by going to www.salvationarmyusa.org. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.”

At this time, in-kind donations are not being accepted as financial donations better allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of survivors.

Meanwhile, NBC Action News in Kansas City is sponsoring a telethon tonight from 5-7 PM to raise money for The Salvation Army tornado relief efforts in Joplin and Reading, Kansas. The phone number to call to donate is 816-932-HELP. The lines will be live from 5-7 PM only.

The Salvation Army currently has four mobile feeding kitchens stationed in Joplin, each capable of serving several thousand meals. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network also arrived in Joplin today to assist survivors in locating loved ones through a ham radio network.

In Reading, Kansas, which was struck by a tornado late Saturday night, The Salvation Army is serving hundreds of meals per day from two mobile feeding kitchens.

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SALVATION ARMY FEEDING KITCHENS CONTINUE WORK IN HACKLEBURG
Students in school for one more week

May 22, 2011

Jackson, MS:  Normality is defined as “being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning.”  Providing a “range of normal functioning” is just one way The Salvation Army is helping tornado survivors in the small town of Hackleburg, Alabama.

The entire town was destroyed during the tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011.  Residents felt getting students back in school as soon as possible was important. Surrounded by tons of debris and damaged homes; two Salvation Army feeding units have sat on the edge of town for several weeks now. They are producing up to 1,000 meals per day for students who are finishing up school in a nearby church.  That school year will come to an end Friday May 27th. 

Along with pastoral care and emotional support The Salvation Army is also providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more to survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 20 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites.

*Please note changes in location address and days/hours open

ALABAMA
Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
     Monday-Friday

Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
     Monday-Friday

Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
     Monday-Friday

Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
     Monday-Saturday

Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
     Monday-Saturday

Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
     Monday-Saturday

Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
     Monday-Saturday

Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
     Daily

Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
     Daily

Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
     Monday-Saturday

Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
     Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM

Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, AL)
     Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office)
     Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM

Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)
     Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM


MISSISSIPPI
Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services Office)
     Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM

Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
     Monday- Friday 11AM-5PM

Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
Starkville/Webster County (407A Industrial Park Rd – Service Center)
Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N)
     Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P 


The Salvation Army is also reminding residents to please bring the appropriate paperwork as it will help expedite service. The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

The Salvation Army is using 5 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:

*Please note some locations will be closed Sunday

   JEFFERSON COUNTY:
                4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY: 
                1st Baptist Church on University
                *Closed on Sunday

    MARION COUNTY:
        Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding   
                site)
                *Closed on Sunday

   TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
        1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
        Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served nearly 233,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:

        -The Salvation Army has served 232,934 meals, 566,982 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 distributed 43,000+ hygiene kits.
        -The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+ cleanup kits.
        -The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,100+ 
                  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  57,000+ hours.

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VOLUNTEERS: THE ARMY BEHIND THE SALVATION ARMY
Individuals from around the country answer call to assist tornado survivors in need.

May 20, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL:  Three weeks after the devastating outbreak of tornados that evicted thousands of Alabama families from their homes and turned normal, everyday life in Tuscaloosa completely upside-down, The Salvation Army remains focused on serving tornado survivors who need a hand-up.  Though the local Salvation Army is recovering from the loss of its two main facilities, the Tuscaloosa Corps and The Center of Hope, it remains focused on fulfilling the organization’s mission:  meeting human needs without discrimination.

The biggest factor that affects The Salvation Army’s ability to serve in times of disaster is its large network of friends, officers, staff and volunteers; who travel from far reaches of the country to respond to urgent need in communities like Tuscaloosa.

“Currently, we have individuals from Florida, West Virginia, New York, California, Arizona and beyond, sharing their energy and expertise to help those in need right here in Tuscaloosa,” said Major Steve Morris, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services operations in Tuscaloosa.  “They’re serving food, sharing stories, or simply offering a prayer or listening ear to those who have no one, or nowhere, else to turn to.  They all have different backgrounds, but they all are here for one purpose; to help the healing process begin.”

To date, The Salvation Army has distributed over 30,000 meals in Tuscaloosa alone since the April 27 tornado outbreak, due in large part to volunteer support.  Additionally, four locations around The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory loaned their Emergency Response Canteens to the Tuscaloosa Corps, since the local canteen was too badly damaged to operate after the storm.  These mobile kitchens have allowed The Salvation Army to reach survivors who have returned to their neighborhoods to sift through the remains of their homes or connect with surviving neighbors.  The Salvation Army has also provided cold drinks to emergency personnel and construction crews working to remove the weathered rubble.

In addition, local volunteer support from the Tuscaloosa community-at large has been helpful in sorting donations, preparing food and serving meals.

“The support from the Tuscaloosa community has been incredible,” said Major David Craddock, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa.  “We’re indebted to the many volunteers from Tuscaloosa and beyond that have allowed The Salvation Army to aid our neighbors in the same manner we would if our facilities had not been left inoperable.”

The Salvation Army has been operating in Tuscaloosa for over 100 years and remains committed to serving the community through this recovery process and in the years to come.  An interim corps location has been established at 661-B McFarland Boulevard in Northport and has resumed Sunday worship services.  This donated space will serve as the primary Salvation Army operating location until plans for rebuilding are confirmed.

Meal Distribution Within Tuscaloosa, AL:

The Salvation Army continues to serve the survivors of the April 27 tornado outbreak with food and emotional support. Two mobile canteens will be serving fresh meals, snacks, water and other drinks, as well as providing emotional and spiritual care to survivors in some of the most devastated neighborhoods around Tuscaloosa.  Canteens begin service around 9:30a.m. and remain until 5:00p.m.

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES TO SERVE ON THE FRONT LINES OF
RELIEF EFFORTS AT LOCAL DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS

May 19, 2011

Chattanooga, TN:  Three weeks today, The Salvation Army began relief efforts as deadly tornadoes ripped through Northwest GA, and Southeast TN.  The Salvation Army remains strong in its relief efforts providing the basic necessities like food, water, cleaning supplies, baby items, etc. Services are being provided at the local Disaster Recovery Centers.  Today we are serving at the following centers and will continue at these centers through Saturday:

NW GA - Catoosa County:  FEMA Center, The Catoosa County Learning Center, 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.

Hamilton County:  FEMA Center, Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, TN.  

The Salvation Army East Lake Social Services, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407.

Bradley County:  The Salvation Army Distribution Warehouse, 2960 Barney’s Lane, Cleveland, TN.
Many residents are still in need.  The Salvation Army is encouraging neighbors who were affected by the tornadoes and need relief services, to please visit The Salvation Army at one of the above centers.  For more information please call The Salvation Army at 423-756-1023.

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THE SALVATION ARMY FINDS ADDITIONAL NEED FOR SPIRITUAL CARE
Counseling for families displaced by tornadoes

May 19, 2011

Jackson, MS: As Salvation Army teams continue to travel to hard hit rural areas of Alabama and Mississippi they are seeing an increased need for pastoral care to provide families with spiritual counseling.

Many rural residents displaced by tornadoes are staying with family and friends in nearby communities and have been difficult to locate.  The Salvation Army is making an effort to reach out to those individuals in an effort to provide them with critical emotional support if needed.

The Salvation Army is also providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more to survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 20 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites.

ALABAMA

Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office)
Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

MISSISSIPPI

Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center
Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P 

In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

In its continuing response to meet the needs of tornado survivors The Salvation Army is using 5 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:
  
    JEFFERSON COUNTY:
                4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY: 
                1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)

    MARION COUNTY:
        Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding   
                site)

   TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
        1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
        Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served over 230,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:
       
-The Salvation Army has served 230,465 hot meals, 555,353 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 Communication trailers. 
-The Salvation Army has distributed 43,000+ hygiene kits.
-The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+ cleanup kits.
-The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,100+  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 57,000+ hours.

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SALVATION ARMY CANTEENS, WAREHOUSES AND STAFF
PREPARED TO SUPPORT FLOODING RELIEF

Feeding Units, Warehouses, and Case Workers on alert

May 19, 2011

Jackson, MS:  The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division is prepared to respond to areas in Louisiana and Mississippi affected by the rising waters of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins. With widespread flooding and thousands of homes affected, The Salvation Army has placed 26 disaster units on alert for possible response into affected areas once the waters recede.

“We anticipate that the bulk of needs and the major expense of flood response will occur once the waters recede over the next 2-4 weeks,” stated Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army has begun stocking warehouses in New Orleans and Vicksburg, Miss. with food, household items, hygiene kits, and bulk cleaning supplies for distribution to residents of flooded areas once the waters diminish and residents are allowed to return home.

Salvation Army units in Mississippi and Louisiana are also preparing to provide case workers to help families displaced from the flood waters. Case management will help identify resources that are available to flood survivors.

Additionally, Salvation Army officers and staff are prepared to provide emotional and spiritual care across the region.

“Providing the supplies to assist the clean up process and assisting families in their return home will be the major component and expense of our flood response, but the pastoral care will also be crucial to the recovery process,” added Feist.

The Salvation Army has been busy serving throughout the Southeast, including Mississippi in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.

These multiple disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demand on services.  Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the multiple disaster affected areas.

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VETERANS REACH OUT TO TORNADO VICTIMS
BY DONATING TO
THE SALVATION ARMY

May 18, 2011

Jackson, MS: On Monday May 16, 2011 the State Veterans Home in Jackson presented a contribution to The Salvation Army. Seventy-six year old veteran Robert Thomas says when he first heard about the horrific tornado devastation across portions of Mississippi and Alabama he knew he had to do something.  He and other veterans at the home along with staff members decided to start a collection to assist with relief efforts.

“We are so thankful for the gift we have received from these generous and giving individuals” said Major Tom Louden of The Salvation Army’s Incident Command. “The Salvation Army has always been blessed by the support of this country’s veterans.  Their donation is just one more example of their compassion for those in need.”

Along with desperately needed pastoral care and emotional support The Salvation Army is also providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more to survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 21 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites.

ALABAMA

      Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
      Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
      *Please note closing on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
      Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
      Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
      Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
      Fort Payne/DeKalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
      Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
      Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
      Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
      Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
      Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
      Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
      Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
      Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social
      Services office)
      Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

MISSISSIPPI
     
      Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
      Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
      Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
      Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center
      Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
      Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P 

In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

The Salvation Army is now using 7 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:

   JEFFERSON COUNTY:
                4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY: 
                1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)
                 *note location change   

    MARION COUNTY:
        Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding   
                site)

   TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
        Forest Lake Baptist Church -107 18th St, Tuscaloosa
                Holt Church-3101 Alabama Ave., NE Tuscaloosa
        1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
        Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

Donations are the best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers. 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.

Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served over 227,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:

        -The Salvation Army has served 227,405 hot meals, 537,825 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 distributed 43,000+ hygiene kits.
        -The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+ cleanup kits.
        -The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,100+ 
                  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 57,000+
                  hours

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KNOXVILLE SHARES WITH CLEVELAND NEIGHBORS
Relief Supplies from WBIR TV and WalMart Drive Arrive in Cleveland

May 18, 2011

Knoxville, TN:  A truckload of relief supplies arrived today at The Salvation Army distribution center in Cleveland, TN.  The supplies were collected last weekend at WalMart stores across Knox and Blount County and will be distributed to tornado victims in Bradley County through the ministry of The Salvation Army. Knoxville’s WBIR TV was instrumental in organizing the drive. 

“The Salvation Army is in a position to serve based on the generosity of others,” said Knoxville Area Commander, Major Don Vick.  “We are so grateful for partners like WBIR TV and WalMart that are really invested in our community and committed to the work of The Salvation Army.” 

The distribution center is located at 2960 Barney’s Lane in Cleveland.  For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 423-308-3467. 

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NBA PLAYERS ASSOCIATION AND FEED THE CHILDREN
DELIVER DISASTER RELIEF SUPPLIES ACROSS THE SOUTH
23 Trucks of Food and Recovery Supplies to Benefit Local Families

May 18, 2011
 
Birmingham, AL:  Today, the NBA Players Association (NBPA) and Feed The Children delivered two trucks of food and recovery supplies to families at the More Than Conquerors Faith Church (MTCFC) in Birmingham. These trucks were two of 23 that the NBPA and Feed The Children are sending to storm-swept communities across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia this week.
 
Led by LA Lakers center, NBPA Vice President and Alabama native Theo Ratliff, and NBA Legend Purvis Short, the NBPA, Feed the Children, and volunteers from the Birmingham Chapter of the American Red Cross and MTCFC distributed supplies to over 200 families at the church this afternoon.
 
“The NBPA is committed to delivering aid to our brothers and sisters who need it most,” said Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the NBPA.  “Through our Operation Rebound program we will continue to support relief efforts across the country and work with our incredible community partners to help in any way we can.”
 
“It means the world for me to be able to come back home to Alabama and give back to those who have been affected by this disaster,” said Theo Ratliff, LA Lakers center and NBPA Vice President.  “Now more than ever, we need to stand together and lend a hand to those who desperately need it. The devastation here is heart-breaking, but I know first-hand how resilient our communities can be. I have no doubt we will rebuild and recover.”
 
“Just as we did after Hurricane Katrina, we are honored to help with recovery efforts in the South, and humbled by the amazing show of strength we’ve seen in these communities,” said Purvis Short, NBA Legend and current NBPA Director of Player Programs. “We’re grateful to our partners in the local community for making this possible, and look forward to working with them in the future.”
“This overwhelming effort by the NBPA and its members has allowed Feed The Children to expand the disaster relief effort to additional cities that have been affected by nature's fury," said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. "We will continue to provide help and hope to those trying to rebound from tragedy, and it is gratifying to know that great partners like the NBPA will be with us every step of the way."
 
“As a Pastor for nearly thirty years in the Birmingham area, I have had numerous opportunities to spearhead and partner with efforts to bring about change in people’s lives. However, the opportunity I have been afforded to work with Operation Rebound and the NBA Players Association is by far one of the most sentimental and personally rewarding for me,” said Pastor Steve Green of MTCFC. “Having grown up in Pratt City, about one week before the devastating tornado, I found myself praying in my old neighborhood for help and revitalization. Now, as I see that help pouring in from across the globe and through the NBA Players Association, it is certainly an answer to prayer.”
 
“The City of Birmingham is in recover and rebuild mode after the storm’s devastation and the NBPA’s ‘Operation Rebound’ will be a part of that effort as we strive to build a better Birmingham,” said Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. “We thank them for their time and support and for just simply giving of themselves to show that they care about the people of Birmingham.”
 
This aid is part of the NBPA’s “Operation Rebound,” which was launched in 2005, in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Operation Rebound is a long-term commitment and partnership between the Players Association, Feed The Children and other humanitarian groups to provide disaster relief and ultimately to provide assistance in the rebuilding efforts of local communities. Sending aid and writing checks are only the beginning of the NBPA's efforts. The players’ insistence on a hands-on approach has taken them to numerous, hard-hit areas. Hundreds of union members have volunteered to travel and deliver supplies to those who need them most.
 
In addition to the NBPA and Theo Ratliff, Chris Bosh, Ben Wallace, D.J. White, Antonio McDyess, Josh Childress, and the WNBPA Foundation are sponsoring some of the of the 23 trucks being donated.
 
ABOUT THE NBPA
 
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court. For more information, please visit www.nbpa.org.
 
ABOUT FEED THE CHILDREN
 
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2010, Feed The Children distributed more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org.
 
ABOUT MTCFC
 
For nearly thirty years More Than Conquerors Faith Church has held a forceful presence in the Birmingham area, impacting thousands of lives with a message of hope, healing, and love through the power of God. It is the firm belief of More Than Conquerors’ pastoral leadership and congregation that the local church holds a vital role in the welfare and support of the community. It is to that end, More Than Conquerors initiates and pursues opportunities to collaborate with other community partners in innovative outreaches to assist in the maintenance and edification of our society and local community. For more information visit www.mtcfc.org.

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SALVATION ARMY VOLUNTEERS VITAL IN TORNADO RECOVERY EFFORTS
Many still needed to help with long term needs

May 17, 2011

Jackson, MS:  As The Salvation Army continues to transition from immediate to long term needs for tornado survivors it would like to thank the thousands of volunteers who have come to the aid of victims across Mississippi and Alabama. The Salvation Army wants them to know how truly appreciated their efforts are.  As recovery teams continue to travel to rural and hard hit areas they are being told by area residents that the need for volunteers will continue in weeks to come as they try and cope with the devastation. 

The Salvation Army is currently operating 22 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi to provide items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and much more to survivors. Below are the distribution centers for continued Disaster Recovery sites.

ALABAMA
   
      Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
      Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY –   
      * Please note-closing on Wednesday, May 18
      Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
      Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
      Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
      RainsvilleDekalb County (99 McCurdy Avenue – Joint Distribution Site)
      Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
      Scottsboro/Jacskson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
      Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
      Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
      Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
      Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
      Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
      Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
      Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social  
      Services office)
      Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

MISSISSIPPI
     
      Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
      Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
      Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
      Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center
      Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
      Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P 

In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served nearly 224,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The Salvation Army is now using 7 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are operating in the following locations:

   JEFFERSON COUNTY:
                4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY: 
                1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)
                 *note location change        

    MARION COUNTY:
        Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (Fixed feeding   
                site)

   TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
        Forest Lake Baptist Church -107 18th St, Tuscaloosa
        Holt Church-3101 Alabama Ave., NE Tuscaloosa
        1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
        Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

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THE SALVATION ARMY’S KENTUCKY/TENNESSEE DIVISION
CONTINUES TO MARCH FORWARD IN DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS


May 16, 2011

Chattanooga, TN:  The Salvation Army is continuing to “Do the Most Good” by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storms.  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 are being provided today at the following locations:

Tornado Relief:

Catoosa County, GA – The Salvation Army is serving at the Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.  

Hamilton County, TN – The Salvation Army is serving at The Salvation Army Social Services Center located at 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407  and serving the Apison/Collegedale Communities at the DRC located on Southern Adventist University’s Campus.  

Bradley County, TN – Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312   The Salvation Army is working towards being set up at the DRC located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland TN.  

Flood Relief:

Memphis, TN - The Salvation Army has concluded its feeding at the Raleigh Springs mall.  Two mobile kitchen units have been moved to both Disaster Recovery Centers for the area.  One in Memphis and one in Tunica, MS.

Tunica, MS – The Salvation Army is serving Northeastern Mississippi at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Dundee Community. This DRC is a multiple county service center.  A canteen will be providing food, beverages, and emotional and spiritual care.  A social worker will assist with food boxes, clean up kits and other care items inside the DRC.

Owensboro, KY – The Salvation Army of Owensboro, KY provided 100 meals to individuals in area shelters over the weekend who are displaced due to flooding.  Already today, they have handed out 10 clean up kits and are prepared to hand out an additional 90.  

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THE SALVATION ARMY RAMPING UP DISTRIBUTION TO
TORNADO SURVIVORS, MEAL SERVICE WINDS DOWN

The Salvation Army continues to meet needs of tornado survivors

May 12, 2011

Jackson, MS:  As areas affected by tornados close in order for cleaning and repairs to begin, The Salvation Army is refocusing its efforts away from providing meals to distributing critically needed items to tornado survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 21 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi to provide items like food, hygienic products, clothes, cleaning supplies, and much more to survivors. Below are the distribution centers for continued Disaster Recovery sites.

ALABAMA
Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
Rainsville/Dekalb County (McCurdy Avenue – Joint Distribution Site)
Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery)
Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

MISSISSIPPI
Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services) Serving Kemper, Lauderdale and Neshoba Counties
Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
Note Change in Location beginning Monday, May 16th
Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center)
Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps) Opening on Monday, May 16, 2011
 
In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served over 200,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The Salvation Army is now using 9 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak.

The Salvation Army has canteens continuing to operate in the following locations:

CALHOUN COUNTY:
    Webster’s Chapel Baptist Church (3091 New Liberty Road, Wellington)

JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    Salvation Army Distribution Warehouse (350 Industrial Drive, Birmingham)
           
MADISON COUNTY: 
    Publix Shopping Center (Jeff Rd/HWY 53)

MARION COUNTY:
    Phil Campbell United Methodist Church
    Phil Campbell, Alabama

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
    American Legion (3800 University Blvd)
    Holt Baptist Church (3101 Alabama Ave NE, Holt)
    Forest Lake Baptist Church (107 18th St, Tuscaloosa)
    Crescent Ridge Rd/Keene Dr.
    Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps (Greensboro/21st St)

The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:

-The Salvation Army has served 211,000+ hot meals, 477,000+ 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 distributed 43,000+ hygiene kits.
-The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+ cleanup kits.
-The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,100+ 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 57,000+ hours

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BP FOUNDATION TO CONTRIBUTE $500,000 TO TORNADO RELIEF EFFORTS

May 12, 2011
 
The BP Foundation has announced a donation of $500,000 to provide assistance to four states that suffered significant impacts from the devastating tornados last week.
 
The Foundation’s contribution will be delivered to local chapters of the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the United Way, and several other relief agencies in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.
 
"The BP Foundation is committed to supporting people and relief operations in several Southern states who were victims of last week's severe storms and tornados," said BP Foundation Executive Director Ben Cannon.
 
The $500,000 donation — along with support provided by the BP Foundation Employee Matching Program — will assist with the immediate need for shelter, food, clothing, water and medical care, along with search and rescue operations.  The donation follows other contributions of funds and fuel that BP and its marketers made to relief agencies and state emergency response teams in the immediate aftermath of the storms. 

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SKY ANGEL CONTRIBUTES TO THE SALVATION ARMY’S DISASTER RESPONSE

May 13, 2011

Chattanooga, TN:  Sky Angel, a faith-based communications company, celebrated 30 years in business with an open house this week. The event took place at Sky Angel’s new location at 4922 La Collina Way in Collegedale.  In addition, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the event.  During the Open House, Sky Angel presented a check to the Chattanooga Salvation Army as they help the Chattanooga area recover from the recent tornadoes.

Both Sky Angel and The Salvation Army share a common mission of spreading a faith-based, life changing message to the world.  With this contribution, The Salvation Army can continue to share this message and to meet human needs.  You can help contribute to this effort as well in a variety of ways.  To contribute financially, please donate on-line to www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army (1-800-725-2769) or by texting the word “give” to 80888 where a $10 donation will appear on your phone bill.   To discover opportunities to contribute your time, you may visit www.csarmy.org to discover a variety of volunteer opportunities. 

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THE MISSISSIPPI FOOD NETWORK IS HELPING STOCK
THE SALVATION ARMY WAREHOUSE IN VICKSBURG


May 11, 2011

Jackson, MS: The Mississippi Food Network is donating water, non-perishable food, and toiletry items to help assist those affected by the floods. These donations are being given to The Salvation Army to help stock the disaster warehouse that is being prepared to meet the needs of the community.   
       
“Because of our long standing relationship with The Salvation Army we are eager to help meet these needs in any way possible,” said Walter Satterwhite, Executive Director of the MS Food Network.

“We are so grateful to the MS Food Network for these donations! Our disaster response teams have been on the ground preparing for the disaster that we all know is coming in full force. We have opened an emergency disaster warehouse in Vicksburg in anticipation of meeting the needs of that community as well as surrounding communities affected by the flood,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

Captain Srikant Bhatnagar, incoming officer of the Vicksburg command will be on hand to receive the supplies and coordinate the distribution to the community.

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THE SALVATION ARMY BUILDS STRONGER RELIEF AND RECOVERY
PRESENCE IN HACKLEBURG AND NORTHWEST ALABAMA


May 11, 2011

Jackson, MS:  As the response to Alabama and Mississippi tornadoes moves towards its second week, The Salvation Army is strengthening its presence in the northwest part of Alabama near Russellville and Hackleburg.

Two mobile feeding units will continue to provide meals and drinks as relief and recovery continues in Hackleburg. Additionally, The Salvation Army’s 52’ Field Kitchen began service today as the kitchen for the Hackleburg Schools. Up to 600 meals per day will be served from the kitchen throughout the remainder of the school year.

The Salvation Army is also operating a warehouse for distribution and case work in Russellville. The Salvation Army is currently in need of warehouse space closer to Hackleburg to strengthen the response to the hard hit community.

Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Over 200,000  meals have been served to date plus an additional 450,000 sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, clothing, household items, hygiene products, and baby items are being distributed.

Pastoral care teams have provided emotional and spiritual care to over 8,300 people. Prayers have also been conducted with thousands of others.

As power continues to be restored in many communities, the need for The Salvation Army’s feeding services are diminishing quickly. On Wednesday, only 13 feeding sites will be operated down from a high of 40 .

Additionally, The Salvation Army is providing case workers and distribution at multiple sites across the affected areas. Limited distribution of clothing, household items, food boxes, cleaning supplies, and limited financial assistance are available. To date over 56,000 people have received assistance from The Salvation Army.

Below are the 19 distribution sites as of 5/10. The Salvation Army anticipates that distribution will commence in the Tuscaloosa area within the next week once a warehouse has been secured.

ALABAMA
Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
Arab/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Thrift Store)
Anniston/Calhoun County (171 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
Jacksonville/Calhoun County (Eagle Point Church, Jax,)
Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
Pisgah/Jackson County (3030 County Road 58 Pisgah)
Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery)
Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

MISSISSIPPI
Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)

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JOE’S CRAB SHACK TO TEAM UP WITH THE SALVATION ARMY
TO HELP FAMILIES REBUILD FROM TORNADOES


May 11, 2011

Norcross, GA:  Joes’ Crab Shack, a well-known seafood restaurant chain, will partner with The Salvation Army to host a fundraiser benefiting the Georgia and Alabama families affected by the tragic tornadoes of April 28. 

On Thursday, May 12, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., customers who dine at any of the Joe’s Crab Shack locations in Douglasville, Duluth, Kennesaw, Morrow, Stone Mountain and Hoover will have 10% of their check donated to The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army, which has been on the ground providing relief for the immediate needs of tornado survivors in Georgia and Alabama, will use the money raised through the fundraiser to aid their efforts.  From their canteens (mobile feeding units), The Salvation Army in Georgia has provided nearly 14,000 meals, 27,000 cold drinks, 5,000 snacks, and 5,000 clean-up and personal hygiene kits along with emotional and spiritual care to Georgians who have lost relatives, homes, and personal possessions in this massive storm.

Major Jim Arrowood, Divisional Commander for the Georgia Division of The Salvation Army says, “The first phase of our disaster response in which we address the most urgent needs of shocked and dazed survivors is complete.  Now we start the long and arduous trek of helping families plan for long-term recovery.  Partnerships like this with Joe’s Crab Shack provide us with more resources for recovery phase assistance.”

Participating customers in Douglasville, Duluth, Kennesaw, Morrow, Stone Mountain, GA and Hoover, AL may present a special newspaper coupon to their server to receive credit for their organization.

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SALVATION ARMY SERVICE LOCATIONS FOR SOUTHEAST TN
AND NORTHWEST GA LOCATIONS FOR MAY 11


May 11, 2011

Chattanooga, TN:  The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of our community by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support.  We appreciate the overwhelming support that has been given to help the Salvation Army carry out our mission.

In Tennessee:

Bradley County, TN – The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311.  We are making the transition today to 2960 Barney's Lane, a one-stop warehouse that should be operational by Thursday.  They are still serving hot meals along Dalton Pike approximately 1 mile south of Walmart.

Hamilton County, TN –  The Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Centers are located at The Salvation Army in East Lake, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and in Tiftonia at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

In Georgia:

Catoosa County, GA – The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Walker County, GA – The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA 30739 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES IN DISASTER RELIEF SERVICES INCLUDING MEMPHIS WHERE HISTORICALLY HIGH MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS EXPECTED TO  CREST TODAY

May 10, 2011

Memphis, TN:  The Salvation Army has been extremely busy serving throughout the Southeast for over two weeks with back to back disaster relief efforts, including wildfires, tornadoes, and now flooding. “This is the first time since Katrina that The Salvation Army has had all of its divisions of the fifteen Southern United States Territory activated in relief efforts or on stand-by to serve,” states Southern Territory Disaster Director Jeff Jellets.  To date the Territory has served 186,301 meals, 436,360 sandwiches, snacks, and drinks and have given pastoral care to 7,997 individuals.  Donations raised to date are $1,789,182.00 with 48,698 hours of volunteer and staff time.  

Since April 25th, The Salvation Army of Memphis has been meeting with Emergency Management of Shelby County, TN and partnering agencies to meet immediate needs and to determine a long term recovery plan.   “The Salvation Army is prepared to serve until we are no longer needed.  It is a privilege and our mission to serve and be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need,” states Memphis Area Commander, Major Mark Woodcock.  To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 4,000 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks.  At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis and Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY are serving in those areas affected by the flooding.  

These multiple disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demands on services.  Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the disaster affected areas.

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SUPPORT SERVICES CONTINUE DUE TO ARKANSAS FLOODING

May 10, 2011

Oklahoma City, OK:  The Salvation Army continues to serve responders to the White River flooding and is on alert for other parts of the state as the Mississippi continues its path south.

Prairie County – Des Arc, AR
The Salvation Army is currently providing meals at a fixed feeding site at Gospel Mission Church at 210 Mission Street in Des Arc to community members affected by the flooding.   Also, a mobile feeding unit is delivering meals to the National Guard troops in Hazen and the Emergency Operations Center for Prairie County.   Much of the surrounding area is only accessible by boat and many homes have been destroyed.   In five days, The Salvation Army has served 2,937 meals with the Baptist Ministries Disaster Relief teams joining forces with us on Monday, May 9.  

The Central Arkansas Area Command began service on Thursday evening and a crew from Fort Smith, AR arrived on Friday to serve through Monday’s breakfast.  On Monday, Lt. Israel Roseno arrived with a crew from Fayetteville, Arkansas to oversee feeding operations.

Randolph County – Pocahontas, AR
In Pocahontas, flood waters are receding. Many are finding out their homes will be condemned to the flooding.  However, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance to those in need.  Food service ended on Sunday, with a total of 4,857 meals served since April 28 when the flooding began.  The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store will be providing emergency supplies including toiletries, food boxes, and more to flood victims as soon as all of the supplies arrive later in the week.    The store is located at 212 E. Everett Street.

Faulkner and Garland Counties – AR:
On Wednesday, May 4 and Friday, May 6, The Salvation Army participated in a One-Day Disaster Assistance Centers where close to nine pallets of food boxes were provided to tornado victims as well as providing emotional and spiritual counseling.

Additionally, Prairie, Pulaski, and Washington Counties also received and distributed close to five pallets of food boxes to flood victims in the affected areas.

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WRECKAGE IS “WHAT WE MAKE OF IT”

May 10, 2011

Birmingham, AL:  Marian Loft walked into The Salvation Army distribution warehouse in Birmingham this afternoon with nothing. Like so many others, Marian lost all of her possessions in the tornado that hit the Birmingham area on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Her house suffered a direct hit leaving behind splintered pieces of what was once a happy home. Marian, thrown 50 yards from her house, was lucky to be alive.

“It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever witnessed,” Marian said.

Marian was taken in by family members, who she has been staying with since the tornado hit. She heard about The Salvation Army’s relief efforts from friends who were helped by The Salvation Army in the days after the tornado.

Walking through the aisles of donated food, water, cleaning supplies, clothing, toys and pet supplies, Marian faced the unthinkable challenge of deciding what items she needed most in order to start her life again from scratch.

Marian said she has always loved The Salvation Army and was thankful for the help she received. She plans to let everyone know that The Salvation Army is offering help to those who are in need.

Of her lost possessions and home, Marian said, “Wreckage in life is what we make of it. It can either kill you or teach you to overcome something tough.”

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THE SALVATION ARMY’S DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER LOCATIONS

May 10, 2011

Chattanooga, TN: The Salvation Army continues to serve the community by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support in the communities that have been affected by the recent tornado outbreak. 

In Tennessee:

Bradley County, TN – The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311.  Immediate needs can also be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312

Hamilton County, TN –  The Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Centers are located at The Salvation Army in East Lake, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  and in Tiftonia at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

In Georgia:

Catoosa County, GA – The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Walker County, GA – The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA 30739 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF AUGUSTA’S EMERGENCY DISASTER TEAM RETURNS HOME

May 10, 2011

Augusta, GA:  The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta announced today that Katie Atkinson, Volunteer and Disaster Services Coordinator, Debra McKenzie, Development Manager, John Gillam, a member of The Salvation Army Corps (the church), and The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta canteen (mobile kitchen) returned to Augusta, GA last night after serving tornado victims for 10 days in northeast Alabama.

During their 10 days in the tornado disaster zone, The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta delegation served 1,000s of meals out of Salvation Army canteens to those scrambling to put their lives back together.  The Augusta delegation witnessed not only the devastation of the numerous tornados that struck Alabama, but also the healing process that has begun in the days since the tragedy.

A day by day journal of the Augusta delegation’s experience serving the tornado victims has been placed online for public viewing at: http://www.krocaugusta.org/daily-dispatches-from-the-field/
   
Also, photos from their 10 days of service are available at: http://www.facebook.com/salvationarmyaugusta?sk=photos
   
In addition, on Thursday, May 12, Katie Atkinson and Debra McKenzie will be available to tell their story of hope to the media.  To schedule an interview with them and film footage of the canteen they served in, please contact Anthony Esposito, Public Relations Coordinator, at 706-421-3047 or anthony.esposito@salvationarmyaugusta.org.  

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THE SALVATION ARMY IN GEORGIA MOVES FROM PRIMARY
RESPONSE TO RECOVERY FOR TORNADO SURVIVORS


May 10, 2011

NORCROSS, GA:  As immediate needs for food, beverages and personal items have been met, The Salvation Army moves from response to recovery in Georgia by helping tornado survivors of April 28 begin the long road of recovery.  Throughout the weekend of May 6 – 8, The Salvation Army in Bartow, Floyd, Lamar, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup Counties served:

778 people received meals
1,850 persons were cold beverages
1,084 snacks were given

In coordinating long-term recovery, the Salvation Army through FEMA and GEMA has established Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC).  Georgians who live in the following counties and who qualify for tornado recovery assistance may register at these locations:
 
Bartow County
5450 Hwy 20, Cartersville, GA

Catoosa County
36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA

Dade County
71 Case Ave., Trenton, GA

Floyd County
300 W. 3rd St, Rome, GA

Green and Morgan Counties
1253 College Drive, Madison, GA

Lamar and Monroe Counties
118 Academy Drive, Barnesville, GA

Meriwether County
121 Perry Street, Manchester, GA

Pickens County
1266 E. Church St., Jasper, GA

Polk County
55 Cline Ingram Jackson Rd., Cedartown, GA

Spalding County
819 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA

Troup County
1220 LaFayette Pkwy., LaGrange, GA

Walker County
10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA

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UNIMIN CORP. IN TUSCALOOSA DONATES BIG TO HELP
THE SALVATION ARMY’S DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS


May 9, 2011

Tuscaloosa, AL:  Plant Managers from Unimin Corporation’s locations in Tuscaloosa and Calera met with The Salvation Army today to discuss recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa and west Alabama. Glenn Robertson, Plant Manager in Tuscaloosa, Danny Buffkin, Plant Manager for Southern Lime Co. in Calera, and Majs. David and Cherry Craddock, Corps Officers of The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa, discussed the 101 year history of The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa and the long term recovery of tornado victims.

After the meeting, Glenn Robertson presented a check for $25,000 to The Salvation Army on behalf of Unimin and its employees. This gift will go toward tornado relief efforts that help individuals and families affected by the April 27th tornado outbreak.

Unimin is one of North America's leading producers of non-metallic industrial minerals. The Tuscaloosa operation produces Silica Sand and the Calera plant produces Lime.  --
The Tuscaloosa Corps facility and local emergency canteen were heavily damaged in the April 27th tornado, rendering the facility and local mobile canteen inoperable. Mobile Incident Command operations at the Tuscaloosa Airport location are working to manage efforts and set up collection and distribution points around the region. Currently, no donations are being accepted at this location as there is a critical lack of storage and distribution resources.

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SALVATION ARMY FEEDING SERVICES WIND DOWN AS DISTRIBUTION CENTERS RAMP UP

May 9, 2011

Jackson, MS:  As the response to Alabama and Mississippi tornadoes moves towards its second week, The Salvation Army has begun transitioning to intermediate recovery and distribution of limited disaster assistance.

Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Over 157,900 meals have been served to date including 5,388 on Monday. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being distributed. To date over 6,300 clean up kits have been distributed.

Pastoral care teams have provided emotional and spiritual care to over 8,300 people. Prayers have also been conducted with thousands of others.

As power continues to be restored in many communities, the need for The Salvation Army’s feeding services are diminishing quickly. On Tuesday, only 13 feeding sites will be operated down from a high of 40 just one week ago.

Additionally, The Salvation Army is providing case workers and distribution at multiple sites across the affected areas. Limited distribution of clothing, household items, food boxes, cleaning supplies, and limited financial assistance are available. To date over 56,000 people have received assistance from The Salvation Army.

Below are the 19 distribution sites as of 5/9.

ALABAMA

Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rdAve - Thrift Store)
Arab/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Thrift Store)
Anniston/Calhoun County (171 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
Jacksonville/Calhoun County (Eagle Point Church, Jax,)
Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14thStreet, Decatur)
Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20thSt, Jasper, Al)
Pisgah/Jackson County (3030 County Road 58 Pisgah)
Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery)
Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)
 
MISSISSIPPI

Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6thAv South – Social Services)
Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)

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SALVATION ARMY’S DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER LOCATIONS

May 9, 2011

Chattanooga, TN: 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 nonperishable food boxes, toiletries, baby needs, limited support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis depending upon the need.  The following locations represent where the Salvation Army is meeting the immediate needs in our community. 

In Tennessee:

Bradley County, TN – The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311. Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312

Hamilton County, TN –  The Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Centers are located at The Salvation Army in East Lake, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 and in Tiftonia at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419

In Georgia:

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 located at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA 30739.

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SALVATION ARMY DISASTER ASSISTANCE AND DISTRIBUTION
LOCATIONS FOR ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI


May 9, 2011

Jackson, MS:  The Salvation Army’s disaster service continues to tornado survivors in Alabama and Mississippi. Distribution and case workers are available at the following locations:     
                      
ALABAMA

Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)

Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - Guntersville Recreation Center) Casework ONLY

Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)

Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rdAve - Thrift Store)

Arab/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Thrift Store)

Anniston/Calhoun County (171 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)

Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Recreation Center)

Jacksonville/Calhoun County (Eagle Point Church, Jacksonville,)

Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14thStreet, Decatur)

Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)

Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)

Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20thSt, Jasper, Al)

Pisgah/Jackson County (3030 County Road 58 Pisgah)             

Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery)

Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

MISSISSIPPI

Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6thAv South – Social Services)

Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)

Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)

Applicants for assistance are asked to bring identification for each person to receive assistance.

Additionally, a FEMA number is helpful to expedite assistance.

The Salvation Army is preparing contingency plans to respond to potential severe flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Currently, The Salvation Army is organizing resources in Jackson, Mississippi for response to counties and parishes in Mississippi and Louisiana that experience flooding. Feeding support, clean up kits and pastoral care will be available to those affected by flooding.

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THE SALVATION ARMY IN TUSCALOOSA CELEBRATES THE 58TH NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK BY CONTINUING TO SERVE TORNADO VICTIMS AND DISASTER RELIEF WORKERS

May 9, 2011

Tuscaloosa, AL:  Without celebration or parade, Tuscaloosa kicked off National Salvation Army Week today. Six mobile disaster feeding kitchens deployed again this morning, continuing their work serving meals and providing humanitarian aid to people in the community affected by the April 27 tornado.

Since 1954, National Salvation Army Week has been observed every year in the United States. Nationally, this week serves as a reminder to encourage Americans to remember the mission of The Salvation Army and their continued work in communities throughout the country.

Locally, The Salvation Army hopes this week will remind its neighbors and friends throughout the community of the organization’s continued efforts to aid those affected by the disaster in April… even when they lost all of their local capabilities when the tornado destroyed all their buildings and the mobile disaster response canteen.

On the first declaration of this event in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower expressed his appreciation saying, "Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all."

This past weekend The Salvation Army distributed 6,928 meals and over 5,000 cold drinks to tornado victims and disaster relief workers. Almost 1,000 cleanup buckets (including collapsible brooms and a mop, gloves, trash bags, sponge, cleaning solution, bleach and other supplies) were given out at 5 locations around Tuscaloosa, Holt and Alberta.

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SECRETARY JANEL NAPOLITANO VISITS DISASTER
RECOVERY CENTER IN CATOOSA COUNTY, GEORGIA


May 8, 2011

Ringgold, GA:  United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited the Joint Disaster Recovery Center in Ringgold, Ga. today and greeted local disaster response personnel.  Among the many relief agencies represented there was The Salvation Army who is providing physical and spiritual support to local storm survivors.  Secretary Napolitano praised local relief agencies and local residents of Catoosa County who have shown great resilience and initiative in rebuilding their community.  State and local leaders were also on hand to give recognition to both citizens and relief agencies who have tirelessly worked together to rise up from this recent disaster. 

During her visit, Secretary Napolitano greeted Salvation Army staff who were working both inside and outside of the recovery center providing assistance to local survivors.  Currently, The Salvation Army is providing assistance inside the recovery center in the form of nonperishable food boxes and other necessities on a case by case basis depending upon the need as well as serving on the outside at a comfort station providing water and snacks to anyone who has need. 

The Federal Emergency Management urges everyone who has been affected by the storm in any way to register with them as soon as possible to ensure that they receive all possible assistance that may be available to them.  The Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail in Ringgold. 

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THE SALVATION ARMY UTILIZES FACEBOOK TO TAKE
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR DISASTER VICTIMS


May 7, 2011

Tuscaloosa, AL:  A growing list of prayer requests in blue marker continues to fill the white dry-erase board in front of The Salvation Army’s temporary disaster unit. This morning Capt. Joe May, assigned Emotional and Spiritual Care Officer for Tuscaloosa’s disaster response, directed the requests to go viral by posting on Facebook.

Capt. May says that “using The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division Facebook is an important medium to both get existing prayer requests out and take on additional requests.” Trained Emotional and Spiritual Care Officers are on the ground at Red Cross shelters and at mobile disaster canteens to offer support and care as individuals begin to process the gravity of this disaster.

People can go to Facebook and “Like” The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division Facebook page to post prayer requests.

The current list includes:


•    A mother of 4 who has 3 missing children, 1 confirmed as deceased as well as losing a brother in the storm,
•    Sgt. Ruthie Forgie,
•    Those afraid to seek help,
•    The Latino Community,
•    Everyone affected in Tuscaloosa and beyond,
•    A warehouse for The Salvation Army’s disaster response in Tuscaloosa to begin case management and material storage
•    Tuscaloosa Corps Officers Majs. Craddock
•    Salvation Army staff and volunteers helping with the disaster and supporting those in the field

The Tuscaloosa Corps facility and local emergency canteen were heavily damaged in the April 27th tornado, rendering the facility and local mobile canteen inoperable. Mobile Incident Command operations at the Tuscaloosa Airport location are working to manage efforts and set up collection and distribution points around the region. Currently, no donations are being accepted at this location as there is a critical lack of storage and distribution resources.

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THE SALVATION ARMY SEES DUST SETTLING FOR TORNADO VICTIMS

May 7, 2011

Norcross, GA:  Relief efforts by The Salvation Army in Georgia are reaching a point in survivors’ lives where the dust is starting to settle and they can start the long road to recovery.

The need for full-blown disaster service is diminishing each day with canteens remaining in Catoosa, Spalding, Troup, and Meriwether Counties.

May 5 cumulative reporting shows:

•    13, 510 meals have been served
•    2,257 sandwiches were given
•    26,733 beverages distributed
•    4,201 snacks were received
•    650 volunteers cooked, served, and ministered to victims’ needs
•    3,021 hours dedicated by volunteers
•    144 clean-up kits were provided

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THE SALVATION ARMY PARTNERING WITH DISASTER
RECOVERY CENTERS IN SOUTHEAST TN & NORTHWEST GA


May 7, 2011

Chattanooga, TN:  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 nonperishable 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 are being provided today at the following locations:
 
Catoosa County, GA – The Salvation Army is serving at the Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.  
 
Hamilton County, TN –  The Salvation Army is serving at The Salvation Army Social Services Center located at 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407  and serving the Tiftonia community at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419
 
Sites to be set up today and tomorrow:
 
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
 
Bradley County, TN – Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312   The Salvation Army is working towards being set up at the DRC located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland TN.  
 
Still serving from high waters with potential flooding on the way:
 
Dyer County, TN – The Salvation Army is distributing hygiene kits and food boxes at the county distribution center.
 
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.  The Salvation Army is continuing to serve more than 100 meals a day and have served over to fifteen hundred meals total since relief efforts began.
 
Paducah, KY – The Salvation Army is feeding from there Command Center and meeting some social service needs for those affected by flooding in McCracken, Livingston, and Ballard Counties.
 
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 now have 3 feeding locations:  one at the EOC, one at the staging area the Riley Springs Mall, and the third at the Pyramid where volunteers are sandbagging along the Mississippi River. The Memphis Canteen, Jackson Canteen are currently serving these locations and the Johnson City Canteen is in route to assist.  

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, AND GEORGIA, IS
PARTNERS IN SERVICE WITH MANY DRCs IN SOUTHEAST TN AND NORTHWEST GA
AND IN WESTERN TN AND KY IS PREPARING FOR HISTORIC FLOODING


May 7, 2011

Georgia/Kentucky/Tennessee: 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 nonperishable 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 are being provided today at the following locations:

Catoosa County, GA – The Salvation Army is serving at the Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.  

Hamilton County, TN –  The Salvation Army is serving at The Salvation Army Social Services Center located at 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407  and serving the Tiftonia community at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419

Sites to be set up today and tomorrow:

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

Bradley County, TN – Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312   The Salvation Army is working towards being set up at the DRC located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland TN.  

Still serving from high waters with potential flooding on the way:

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

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.  The Salvation Army is continuing to serve more than 100 meals a day and have served over to fifteen hundred meals total since relief efforts began.

Paducah, KY – The Salvation Army is feeding from there Command Center and meeting some social service needs for those affected by flooding in McCracken, Livingston, and Ballard Counties.

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 now have 3 feeding locations:  one at the EOC, one at the staging area the Riley Springs Mall, and the third at the Pyramid where volunteers are sandbagging along the Mississippi River. The Memphis Canteen, Jackson Canteen are currently serving these locations and the Johnson City Canteen is in route to assist.

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SUPPORT SERVICES CONTINUE DUE TO ARKANSAS FLOODING

May 6, 2011

Arkansas:  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.

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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


May 6, 2011

Chattanooga, TN:  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.

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THE SALVATION ARMY TRANSITIONS FROM MASS FEEDING TO SOCIAL CASE WORK

May 6, 2011

Chattanooga, TN:  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

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, GEORGIA, AND VIRGINIA CONTINUE TO SERVE ON DAY 7 AFTER THE DEADLY TORNADOES THAT SWEPT THROUGH THEIR COMMUNITIES

May 4, 2011

Kentucky/Tennessee:  One week after the most deadly storms to hit the Southeast, The Salvation Army continues to serve tirelessly and continues to “Do the Most Good” by providing help, hope, and healing.  “It’s what we do,” states Divisional Disaster Director Joe Hughes. “Especially when folks have lost everything, the least we can do is provide a hot meal and warm prayer.”

In Northwest, GA and Southeast, TN under the direction of Commissioner James Osborne and Ray Dalrymple, almost 18,000 meals have been served and over 35,000 beverages and over 800 individuals have been personally prayed with by our Spiritual Care team.

Catoosa County, GA – The Salvation Army continues to station 2 mobile kitchen units servicing the Ringgold community that have come from Dalton, GA and Winchester, TN. A third mobile kitchen unit from Knoxville is roaming Cherokee Valley Rd.  Social Service teams are making arrangements to move into offering their services as well to this community.

Hamilton County, TN – The Salvation Army continues to serve in Apison, TN roaming these areas providing food and emotional and spiritual care. Social service assistance is also beginning in this county as well.

Bradley County, TN – The Salvation Army has teamed with The Red Cross and Southern Baptist Association to serve the needs of the Cleveland Community. They have a joint distribution center where food, water, and other physical needs are being met. Southern Territorial Disaster Director, Jeff Jellets, said after visiting the community, “What an incredible example of service organizations working together, Doing the Most Good!”

Lake County, TN – The Salvation Army service unit has been serving since the storms hit on April 27.  They have been averaging 300 meals a day.  Service is being provided by Service Unit volunteers.  They are monitoring the threat of rising waters.

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 served 1795 meals and over 2500 beverages to the EOC and staging areas.

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 a little over 100 meals a day and have served close to fifteen hundred meals total since relief efforts began.

Washington, VA, With the EOC closing, The Salvation Army’s Johnson City, TN and the Owensboro, KY mobile kitchen unit will released as of today, May 4, 2011.  The Bristol Corps will continue to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to victims of this horrific disaster.

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SALVATION ARMY TEAMS BRINGING RELIEF TO WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

May 4, 2011

Glade Spring, VA:   The Salvation Army is continuing to provide relief to victims of one of the worst storms to ever hit this part of the country.

“I grew up in the Midwest, but I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said one local resident named Richard.  “I’m very happy to be alive.”

Richard and his wife, Carolyn survived the storm by crouching down in a pantry next to the stove in their kitchen. There was no time to get to the basement, as their home literally came apart around them.  Their roof blew off, windows exploded and walls collapsed.

“We kissed each other and said our goodbyes,” added Carolyn, “but somehow, we made it through.”
This afternoon, as another round of storms approached, the Salvation Army team and a group of friends helped them move the rest of their belongings into the basement in hopes that they would stay dry.  Like many local residents, Richard and Carolyn are still waiting, a week after the tornado, for a visit from their claims adjuster.  Until then, they are hesitant to clean up too much.

Salvation Army workers continued up and down the street offering meals, drinks, encouragement and prayers to people who have lost so much.  (Photographs are available at www.facebook.com/knoxredshield.)

Over the course of two days in Glade Spring, The Salvation Army has provided:

•    415 meals
•    415 drinks
•    205 cups of coffee
•    20 cases of water
•    Spiritual assistance for 50 people

The Salvation Army will continue serving from its staging area near Interstate 81 in Glade Spring and will also continue roaming the hardest hit neighborhoods.

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SALVATION ARMY CANTEEN DEPLOYMENTS FOR AL & MS

May 4, 2011

Jackson, MS: Thirty-six (36) Salvation Army disaster canteens remain in operation in tornado-affected areas of Alabama and Mississippi.  These "kitchens-on-wheels" remain concentrated in communities hardest hit be the severe storms.  A complete list of service locations for Tuesday, May 4, 2011 follows:

Never seen a Salvation Army disaster canteen?  Take a tour on YouTube!

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

Hattiesburg, MS Ten Island Church
9150 Hwy 77
Ohache, AL
Lawrence County, AL Decatur, AL Roving

New Orleans, LA DRV-20 Chaleybeate Springs Baptist Church
2751 Cnty Rd 214
Hillsboro, AL
Franklin County, AL CANTEEN OPS CEASED
Dekalb County, AL Fort Payne, AL Out of Service
Marshall County, AL Alexandria, AL DRV-18 Ruth Volunteer FD
3075 Matt Morrow Road
Arab, AL

Gadsen, AL DRU 1 Gunters Landing Subdivision
1000 Gunters Landing Road
Guntersville, AL

Shreveport, LA DRV-18 Guntersville Rec. Center
1500 Guntersville Drive
Guntersville, AL
Cullman County Verona 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 Smithville Pharmacy
63432 Hwy 25 North
Smithville

Jackson, MS MFU Roving
Tuscaloosa, AL Columbus, MS DRV-18 Holt HS
3801 Alabama Avenue NE
Tuscaloosa, AL

Panama City, FL DRV-20 Leeland Plaza in Alberta
(off of 15th Street)

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 Ridgecrest Neighborhood
Holt, AL

Meridian, MS Tuscaloosa Corps Facility

Selma, AL MFU Roving
Jefferson County, AL Baton Rouge, LA DRV-18 350 Industrial Drive
Birmingham

Birmingham DRV-18 Fultondale
(Roving)

Birmingham North Smithfield
Leola Ave.
Fultondale South

Vero Beach, FL See Cullman County

Tallahassee, FL DRV-20 Pratt City East
Hwy 78 and Cherry

Titusville, FL (South - in the park)

West Pasco, FL Temporily out of service

Lake Charles, LA DRV-18 McDonald Chapel
Pratt City West
(no physical address available)
Walker County, AL Dothan, AL DRV-18
Being deployed from B'ham
Cordova, AL
208 Alabama Avenue

Birmingham, AL MFU
Being deployed from B'ham
Cordova
(roving)

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BOOKS-A-MILLION LAUNCHES TORNADO RELIEF CAMPAIGN

May 4, 2011

Birmingham, AL:  Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: BAMM) today announced that it is collecting donations to support The Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts in the Southeast. Customers can make donations at all Books-A-Million’s 230 locations. Through the generous donations of Books-A-Million associates and customers, $100,000 has already been raised for The Salvation Army in just 4 days.

“The Salvation Army provides hope for thousands in the form of shelter, food and many other services,” said Clyde B. Anderson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Books-A-Million, Inc. “Our community here in Alabama and others throughout the South have been overwhelmingly affected by the massive destruction and loss of life and we know that supporting the efforts of the Salvation Army is one of the best ways to help.”

Books-A-Million associates and customers have a long tradition of aiding The Salvation Army’s efforts in the aftermath of natural disasters throughout the United States and the world.

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THE SALVATION ARMY CANTEENS REMAIN AN EVER PRESENT HELP FOR RESIDENTS

May 3, 2011

Jackson, MS: 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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THE SALVATION ARMY RECRUITS EVEN MORE TROOPS TO SERVE IN KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, GEORGIA, AND VIRGINIA

May 3, 2011

Chattanooga, TN: With the search and rescue complete and power lines and debris cleared off of roads, The Salvation Army is moving into additional areas it was not able to get into in previous days.  More and more are seeking prayer and physical support from The Salvation Army. Volunteer Karen Diliberto says, “When someone has lost everything, what they need most is hope.  What better hope to provide than the healing power of prayer.”  The Salvation Army is providing this hope and healing in eight different counties throughout the Kentucky/Tennessee division.

Washington, VA: The Salvation Army deployed its Johnson City mobile kitchen to the EOC and centralized distribution site. The Owensboro, KY mobile kitchen unit as arrived today to serve the hard hit area of the Glade Springs community after tornadoes tore through it on April 27, 2011.  The disaster team will provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to victims of this horrific disaster.

Dade County, GA: Over 800 meals have been served in to the residents of Trenton, GA. The Salvation Army is moving into the social service stages in this community.

Walker County, GA: After 626 meals being served, The Salvation Army is moving from response into recovery for the residents of  Flintstone, GA.  The Salvation Army has moved its canteen into the counties of Catoosa, GA and Hamilton, TN. 

Catoosa County, GA: The Salvation Army began serving in Ringgold, GA hours after the F-4 touched down on April 27, 2011. Currently we have 2 mobile kitchen units servicing the Ringgold community that have come from Dalton, GA and Winchester, TN.

Hamilton County, TN: The Salvation Army is serving in Apison, Tiftonia, Brainerd, and East Ridge areas of the county.  There are 2 mobile kitchen units that have come Knoxville and Murfreesboro TN are roaming these areas providing food and emotional and spiritual care. 

Bradley County, TN: The Salvation Army has 3 mobile kitchens from Chattanooga and Nashville TN, and Danville KY in the Cleveland, TN area.  Service began between storms on April 27, 2011.  They have served over 10,000 meals and prayed with over 500 individuals personally.  The Salvation Army Corps in Cleveland is serving as the joint operations center for all agencies involved in these disaster relief efforts.  They are utilizing a large church in the area as a central distribution point of food, water, and immediate needs.

Lake County, TN: The Salvation Army service unit has been serving since the storms hit on April 27.  They have been averaging 300 meals a day.  Service is being provided by Service Unit volunteers. 

Henderson, KY: The Salvation Army has 4 separate locations where physical, emotional and spiritual services are being provided.  The locations are in Henderson, Union County, and along Hwy 60 in the communities of Spottsville, Reed, Beals and Caseyville.  They have served well over a thousand meals.

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CHATTANOOGA AREA RESPONSE CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS FEEDING OPERATIONS

May 2, 2011

Chattanooga, TN: As demand continues to remain high in the aftermath of last week’s historic tornado outbreak, the Chattanooga Area Disaster response has made a call for more feeding units to meet the demand.  To date, we have served over 16,000 hot meals, over 20,000 snacks, over 25,000 beverages, and spiritual care to well over 1,000 people since disaster operations began last Thursday.  As we continue to search for new under-serviced areas, we continue to be amazed at the extent of this disaster.  

Today, the Salvation Army will be bringing in two extra mobile feeding units from Salvation Army units in Murfreesboro, TN and Danville, KY to help meet the widespread need for assistance.  Currently, the Salvation Army has 5 other mobile feeding units roaming and stationed in the following areas:

Hamilton County:
Apison, TN Community- Apison Pike, Clouts Rd,
Shepherd Road and in East Ridge around the Missionary Ridge community  

Dade County:
Ingles in Trenton.  


Catoosa County:
City Hall in Ringgold and roaming in the Cherokee Valley Rd area neighborhoods


Bradley County:
The Salvation Army Service Center on Inman Street and along Dalton Pike also traveling into various neighborhoods.  


If you are in need of assistance please call: 423-756-1023.  

As you can see, the demand for assistance remains high in the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia.  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.  Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (800- 725-2769) or visit our website: www.csarmy.org.  Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888 a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill.  

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THE SALVATION ARMY DISCUSSES SPIRITUAL CARE AND DISASTER
Dr Kevin Ellers to be Featured Monday, May 2
on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Network

May 1, 2011

Mississippi: On Monday, May 2, 2011, at 9:00 AM (CDT), Dr. Kevin Ellers, The Salvation Army USA’s Central Territorial Disaster Services Coordinator, will take part live on “Relatively Speaking,” a Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) network show.

Relatively Speaking,” hosted by Kevin Farrell and psychiatrist, Dr. Greg Gordon, originates in Jackson, MS on FM WMPN 91.3, and regularly focuses on issues that face Mississippi’s families. Monday’s segment will center on the importance of Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) in coping with disaster.

Ellers, The Salvation Army's National Lead for ESC in Disaster Services, will explain the significance of, and answer questions about this important part of The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services work. According to Ellers, “Working with disaster survivors and meeting their needs has been part of The Salvation Army’s ministry since 1906. The emotional and spiritual care component is really what sets The Salvation Army’s disaster relief work apart. I’m very excited to get the opportunity to talk with the people of Mississippi, and hopefully make a difference as they cope with the tragedy surrounding the effects of the recent Tornadoes there.”

The show will be carried statewide on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting network and will be available to National Public Radio stations nationwide. Those outside the MPB coverage area can listen to the show live by going to the MPB website at www.mpbonline.org/radio/listenlive/listenonline.htm.

The show will also be available for download as a podcast, and in an audio-on-demand format. These will be available on the MPB website archives, listed under “Relatively Speaking,” or by clicking here.

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DAY 5: SERVICE CONTINUES ACROSS STORM RAVAGED SOUTH

May 1, 2011

Atlanta, GA:  Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel continue to meet material, emotional, and spiritual needs across the southern United States.  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 response efforts while some locations hit particularly 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 so crucial to Salvation Army disaster response. 

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 meal, beverage, and emotional/spiritual care 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.

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.

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WORKING TOGETHER, UNITED IN PURPOSE


May 1, 2011

Chattanooga, TN: 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.  Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visit our website: www.csarmy.org.  Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888 a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill.  
For more information please contact: Lt. David Costellow at 270-881-6510.

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SALVATION ARMY SERVES TIRELESSLY ON WHAT IS DEEMED THE WORST STORMS TO HIT THE SOUTHEAST

May 1, 2011

Across Kentucky & Tennessee: The Salvation Army is apart of local communities throughout the Southeast serving every day needs.  When Storms hit, being local gives The Salvation Army the ability to deploy immediately to serve.  That is exactly what The Salvation Army did Wednesday, April 27, 2011.  

Numerous disaster relief teams within the Kentucky & Tennessee Division are reporting moderate, severe and catastrophic damages resulting from the recent storms—tornado, water, and hail damage. As a result, emergency disaster teams in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia have been providing food, drinks, and emotional/spiritual care for those who are affected by these storms.

Don Allen, long time Emergency Manager of Hamilton County, TN states, “In my 35 year career in emergency disaster, I have never seen this kind of devastation! I am so proud of folks like The Salvation Army who have stepped up to help.  It is going to take all of us to provide the relief that is needed.”

While the first wave of Salvation Army staff & volunteers are meeting those needs, others throughout Kentucky & Tennessee are making preparations for future deployment.

Monetary donations are still needed to continue in these relief efforts.  Please donate on-line to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army (1-800-725-2769) or by texting the word “give” to 80888 where a $10 donation will appear on your phone bill.  

Status of Operations:

To view pictures of ministry in action please visiting:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/62424187@N08/sets/72157626621698930/

Location specific reports are as follows:


Chattanooga, TN, Ringgold GA, and surrounding areas
Incident Commander – Ray Dalrymple
Five (5) Salvation Army Canteens – mobile feeding kitchens – are serving throughout greater Chattanooga, including Dade, Walker, and Catoosa Counties in Georgia. Within hours of the passing of the tornados, the Salvation Army was at work providing food, snacks, and drinks, along with basic staples such as batteries, candles, flashlights. In addition, there is counseling through trained Emotional & Spiritual Care staff.

Over 3000 hot meals, over 4500 refreshing drinks, over 6000 snacks and over 100 comforting prayers have been provided to those impacted by the disaster, as well as those serving.

Cleveland, TN
With the help of over 650 volunteers—giving combined over 5,000 hours— have served over 7500 meals. These meals were provided at The Salvation Army main facility, as well as those delivered to survivors unable to come in.  The Salvation Army has had two mobile kitchen units in this area providing these services.

We had over 100 teams go out into 16 areas of our city and county, passing out water, sack lunches/dinners.

Through local support, additional tangible distribution to survivors is also being provided and includes: work gloves, water, baby diapers, soaps, shampoos, bread, & candy.

Dyersburg, TN
Current Incident Commander - Major Pat Bowman
South Town in Dyer County remains evacuated.  Residents remain relocated into Dyersburg. The Dyer County Service Unit Emergency Disaster Service Team continues feeding those in the temporary shelter from its soup kitchen in Dyersburg. Two other churches have opened their doors to be used as shelters.

Greenville, TN
Current Incident Commander - Scott Blevins
Operations in Greenville, TN are beginning to scale back and should reach the transition stage into long term recovery later today, Sunday, May 1.  Assessment will be made today as to continuing emergency operations, however, the probability is that emergency operations will wind down.

Washington County, VA
Current Incident Commander - Peggy Mullins
Operations in Washington County, concentrated mainly in the town of Glade Springs, will continue and The Salvation Army response will escalate as county emergency management have issued a further request for service as they begin allowing greater access to the hardest hit areas.  An Emergency Disaster Services Team is being sent from Murfreesboro, TN with a support team and vehicle from Johnson City, TN.  To date, the Bristol, TN Corps has assisted with three pallets of water, as well as four pallets of food (general snack provisions).

Henderson, KY
Current Incident Commander - Major Stewart
The Salvation Army of Henderson is currently assessing the need for continued service. The accumulation of over 1000 meals served to the communities impacted by recent storms is straining the resources of the local Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army is also meeting with Emergency Management to determine if it is time to move into recovery stage.

As of April 30th, Emergency Disaster Service teams have ceased the majority of emergency operations in Henderson, KY, Murfreesboro, TN, and Clarksville, TN.  Operations in these areas have progressed into the recovery phase of our services, and we will continue to provide community assistance going forward, as long as needed.

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THE SALVATION ARMY MEETS MATERIAL, EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF STORM SURVIVORS

April 29, 2011

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.

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SALVATION ARMY MEETS EVOLVING NEEDS
Across Kentucky & Tennessee

April 29, 2011

Kentucky/Tennessee: Numerous locations within the Kentucky & Tennessee Division are reporting moderate to severe damage resulting from the recent storms—tornado, water, and hail damage. As a result, emergency disaster teams in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia have been activated to provide food, drinks, and emotional/spiritual care in the impact areas. While the first wave of Salvation Army staff & volunteers are meeting those needs, others throughout Kentucky & Tennessee are making preparations for future deployment.

This future deployment might come in the form of reinforcements in existing relief operations; but we
are also keeping a watchful eye on the need for deployment throughout the two states, especially in
areas at risk for flooding.

Status of Operations:

Location specific reports are as follows:


South Central Tennessee
Incident Commander - John Diliberto

Chattanooga, TN
Five (5) Salvation Army Canteens – mobile feeding kitchens – are serving throughout greater
Chattanooga, including Dade, Walker, and Catoosa Counties in Georgia.

Within hours of the passing of the tornados, the Salvation Army was at work providing food, snacks,
and drinks, along with basic staples such as batteries, candles, flashlights. In addition, there is
counseling through trained Emotional & Spiritual Care staff.

Hundreds of hot meals, refreshing drinks and comforting conversations have been provided to those impacted by the disaster, as well as those serving.

Cleveland, TN
With the help of 246 volunteers—giving a combined 1,163hours—2531 meals were served. These
meals were provided at our main facility, as well as those delivered to survivors unable to come in.
We had 44 teams go out into 16 areas of our city and county, passing out water, sack lunches/dinners.

Through local support, additional tangible distribution to survivors will also include: water, baby
diapers, soaps, shampoos, bread, & candy.

Murfreesboro, TN
Incident Commander - Lt. Joe Crawford
Utilizing the Salvation Army facility, impacted residents will be able to get a hot, nutritious meal. To
assist in the recovery efforts, clean up kits—which contain such cleaning basics as a mop, bucket,
cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves—are being distributed.

Northwest Tennessee
Incident Commander - Major Pat Bowman

Dyersburg, TN
Even with the increasingly positive reports, Salvation Army staff continues to monitor both the raising water levels and the integrity of the local levee. Salvation Army has pre-positioned supplies and trained staff to respond should the situation warrant it.

Union City, TN
Salvation Army staff and volunteers are serving residents of Tiptonville, Tennessee who have been
evacuated to Union City. Trained, dedicated volunteers are working with local church groups to
prepare and distribute hot meals to those impacted by the flooding. Additionally, sack meals are being distributed to those who were unable to evacuate.

Clarksville, TN
Incident Commander - Major Gary Bergen
In the face of personal loss, Salvation Army officers are providing service to individuals affected by
the recent storms. While the food and drinks are the most visible aspect of the effort, the greatest
impact is often unseen; that of emotional and spiritual care for the community.

Greenville, TN
Incident Commander – Major Gary Elliott
Hot meals are provided through two canteens—mobile kitchen—which have been deployed to serve
those impacted by the storm. Hot meals are being served from the Mobile Kitchen Unit and additional support vehicles are roving the affected area and providing snacks, beverages, spiritual support care, as well steering individuals to the canteen locations.

Bristol, TN/VA & Washington County, VA
Incident Commander – Major Jerry Mullins
The Salvation Army has deployed a mobile feeding unit to serve on the front line of those impacted by the storms. Salvation Army staff and volunteers have provided food, snacks, and drinks to survivors and responders. In addition, water is being widely distributed to the community.

Memphis, TN
Incident Commander- Major Mark Woodcock
The Salvation Army of Memphis has served breakfast, lunch and dinner in conjunction with the
Emergency Operations Center. In additional, snacks, drinks, and meals were provided to those in
staging areas as government and Salvation Army personnel monitor flood potential. With more than
600 meals provided—and double that number in snacks and drinks—Salvation Army efforts are an
important asset in the greater Memphis area.

Paducah, KY
Incident Commander- Capt. Nick Garrison
The Salvation Army of Paducah is providing meals, beverages and support for the local shelter in place for evacuees who have been displaced due to extensive flooding. Preparations are also being made to support sandbagging efforts with the threat of rising water.

Henderson, KY
Current Incident Commander - Major Stewart
The Salvation Army of Henderson is currently assessing potential flood damage. The accumulation of hundreds of meals served to the communities impacted by recent storms is straining the resources of the local Salvation Army.

Louisville, KY
Incident Commander – Major Keath Biggers
Canteens and support crew are prepared to serve should the feared flooding take place.

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the
support of survivors of this massive storm, please visit: www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org. You
can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). When making your contribution, please be sure
indicate “April 2011 Storm Relief”.

You may also text GIVE to 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation
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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES RESPONSE TO DEADLY SOUTHERN STORMS

April 28, 2011

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.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE DIVISION IS RESPONDING TO ONE OF ITS LARGEST EMERGENCY DISASTER RESPONSES

April 28, 2011

Kentucky/Tennessee: Multiple locations within the Kentucky & Tennessee Division are reporting moderate to severe damage resulting from the tornados, storm and hail damage that have been affecting the entire region. As a result, Divisional Emergency Disaster Teams are being activated in various areas within the division. In addition, the entire Kentucky & Tennessee Division remains on alert as the threat of rising water levels threaten a great portion of the division. As a result, multiple Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) vehicles and teams are being repositioned throughout the division in efforts to offer rapid response in areas where severe flooding is imminent.

Status of Operations:

Location specific reports are as follows:

Cleveland, TN

Current Incident Commander - John Diliberto
The Emergency Disaster Services team from the Salvation Army in Cleveland, TN has been activated to provide services to the greater Cleveland area. The Emergency Management teams from the surrounding areas have reported several tornado touchdowns in the region. Reports are still coming in from across the area. The team there sustained a storm with golf ball sized hail. We have helped reunite families and are helping with recovery. The Salvation Army Disaster Canteen, a mobile kitchen and feeding unit, is being deployed to local affected areas. Cleveland canteen served at a shelter last night set up at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, serving coffee, water and snacks. They are out today to support victims and first responders. Approximately 73,000 are without power. Over 800 meals have been delivered today to 8 different areas. Lee University has sent over 100 volunteers to The Salvation Army of Cleveland and they are going out to serve as fast as they come to The Salvation Army.

Chattanooga, TN

The Salvation Army of Chattanooga served throughout the night in Catoosa County where there are confirmed 30 severely injured and 7 fatalities. The Salvation Army was set up at the Area Command Center located at the Ringgold Ingles Grocery Store. We are currently taking our Mobile Kitchen Units around in Walker, Dade, Catoosa, and Hamilton Counties. The Salvation Army is currently partnering with the Chattanooga Red Cross and The Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief.

Murfreesboro, TN

Current Incident Commander - Lt. Joe Crawford
The Murfreesboro Salvation Army Canteen has been deployed and is currently serving storm damage areas and will continue to serve until no longer needed. Reports have been given to The Salvation Army that there are more than 150 homes have been affected and more than 72 hours out from electricity being restored. Clean up kits are being provided.

Dyersburg, TN

Current Incident Commander - Major Pat Bowman
Should the levee fail it is anticipated the community of SouthTown in Dyer County will completely flood. This community has been evacuated into Dyersburg. The Salvation Army will be feeding several in the temporary shelters from their soup kitchen in Dyersburg. They will use their canteen to feed the volunteers who are sand bagging areas to try to save homes.

Clarksville, TN

Current Incident Commander - Major Gary Bergen
The Salvation Army in Claksville had to evacuate their building due to flooding. They are also assessing local flood damage and are prepared to serve as needed.

Greenville, TN

Current Incident Commander – Major Gary Elliott
Canteens are in place and serving the flooded areas. Hot meals are being served from the Mobile Kitchen Unit and additional support vehicles are roving the affected area and providing snacks, beverages, spiritual support care and giving to directions to the Mobile Kitchen Unit.

Memphis, TN

Current Incident Commander- Major Mark Woodcock
The Salvation Army of Memphis has served breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Emergency Operations Center and providing the above meals to those who are filling sandbags at the Pyramid. They are also on standby to provide mass feeding to potential flood victims.

Paducah, KY

Incident Commander- Capt. Nick Garrison
The Salvation Army of Paducah is providing meals, beverages and support for the local shelter in place for evacuees who have been displaced due to extensive flooding. Preparations are also being made to support sandbagging efforts with the threat of rising water.

Henderson, KY

Current Incident Commander - Major Stewart
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. The have been requested to provide assistance in Union County to deliver meals to those sandbagging. They are on standby to provide meals to the local shelter.

Louisville, KY

Incident Commander – Major Keath Biggers
Louisville Salvation Army is on standby to serve should there be any flooding and continues to monitor the rising waters.

If you would like to help victims of the tornadoes and storms please give online to: www.salvationarmyusa.org and mark them for April 2011 Tornado Outbreak or text “GIVE” to 80888 or you can give by calling 1-800-Sal-Army.

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THE SALVATION ARMY HELPS STORM VICTIMS IN ARKANSAS AND OKLAHOMA

April 27, 2011

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.

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CHATTANOOGA SALVATION ARMY PUTS EMERGENCY DISASTER TEAM ON ALERT AS DANGEROUS STORMS PASS THROUGH THE AREA

April 27, 2011

Chattanoogo, 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

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THE SALVATION ARMY HELPS STORM VICTIMS IN ARKANSAS AND OKLAHOMA

April 27, 2011

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.

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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVES BREAKFAST IN VILONIA

April 26, 2011

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.

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THE SALVATION ARMY ASSISTING STORM VICTIMS IN ST. LOUIS
Tornadoes that ripped through St. Louis Airport have lasting effect

April 26, 2011

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.

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THE SALVATION ARMY PREPARING FOR RESTORATION PHASE OF SERVICE AT TEXAS WILDFIRES

April 22, 2011

Dallas, TX: The second wave of Salvation Army staff and volunteers arrived in Strawn, Texas, Tuesday afternoon to relieve workers who had been serving firefighters and other responders since Saturday. This was the first rotation of Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services staff since the wildfire response effort began in the area. Three Salvation Army mobile feeding units, each capable of feeding up to 2,500 meals per day, remain along with 10 crew members.

The Salvation Army is working closely with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention who are now responsible for all food service management at the Incident Command Post, preparing the food on site, to be served and delivered by The Salvation Army. This is a long standing partnership that has proved to be very effective in both small and large scale emergency situations.

Wildfires continued to spread throughout the region on Tuesday and by late afternoon the cities of Strawn and Palo Pinto were under evacuation orders. Due to the close proximity of several intense fires the Incident Command Post, located in Strawn, was relocated to Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells, 35 miles away where service continues.

Since Saturday April 9, The Salvation Army has served more than 12,667 meals, 22,667 hydration units and 7,224 snacks, utilizing 14 mobile feeding units at 9 wildfire locations in west Texas. As weather conditions improve and fires are increasingly contained it is anticipated that Salvation Army staff and vehicles will be released by Friday, April 22.

In the coming days The Salvation Army will transition it’s assistance into the restoration phase and will consider how to best assist those people who have lost their homes and possessions as a result of the wildfires.

Monetary donations are needed to provide The Salvation Army with the flexibility to provide the services most needed by individuals in the affected areas. Donations can be made by mail to P.O. Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmytexas.org

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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THE SALVATION ARMY ANNOUNCES GREENE COUNTY RECOVERY ASSISTANCE

April 22, 2011

Hattiesburg, MS: On Thursday, April 21, 2011, The Salvation Army in Hattiesburg moved about the streets of Leakesville, Miss. in Greene County to provide disaster recovery assistance and the light of hope to this rural Mississippi community.

The Salvation Army distributed 100 boxes with nonperishable food and toiletry items. Staff spent the day visiting homes that had been affected by a tornado on April 15.

Recovery Assistance will continue throughout the weekend and next week.

Fifty clean-up kits with mop, broom, gloves, rags, bucket, cleaning chemicals, and garbage bags will be available for those affected by the tornado in Greene County.

Social service case managers will return on Monday, April 25, 2011 to provide for the long term needs of homeowners and residents needing support in the clean up and recovery. Case managers will be available at First United Pentecostal Church in Leakesville, Miss. from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. The following assistance will be available:

Clothing vouchers
Food boxes
Clean up Kits
Referral assessments
Spiritual support

Recovery Assistance is limited to residents of the declared areas affected by the April 15 storms. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of residence and social security numbers for all residing in their household.

Donations are always needed to support Disaster Recovery Operations. Please call 1800-SAL-ARMY or visit www.salvationarmyalm.org to learn more or to donate.

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WEEKEND TORNADOS LEAD TO NEW PARTNERSHIPS OF SERVICE
Storms that Will be Long Remembered for Death and Destruction have also Helped Form New Partnerships of Service for Devastated Communities

April 21, 2011

Charlotte, NC: The tornados and wind storms that struck North Carolina on April 16 will forever be remembered for the death and destruction left behind. With 24 confirmed deaths and close to 1,000 properties destroyed or damaged, signs of the storm system will remain as a painful reminder for years to come. However, one need only look to neighbors helping neighbors and the explosion of non-profit, for-profit and municipal partnerships aimed at serving those in need. These collaborations are ensuring the most needs are met with speed, efficiency and impact.

Johnston and Harnett Counties: The Salvation Army has expanded its roving feeding operations to include the distribution of flyers that provide FEMA contact and service information. Lt. Kevin Justice, Commanding Officer for the two-county area, states “We recognized the need to get the FEMA information into the hands of those in need. Our team produced a short flyer that tells who, what, where, when and how of FEMA assistance and we are driving around the impacted areas to deliver the message.” Today in Harnett County, the Salvation Army will distribute 200 prepared meals through its partnership with Colbreth Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church. Other notable partnerships for the two-counties are with My Eyes Optometry for help with eye glasses and contacts, Community Hospice and Home Care and First South Bank as donation drop-off sites and locally owned McDonalds.

Washington, NC: The Salvation Army has partnered with the prison system to provide onsite meals and hydration support to inmates that are being utilized for the cleanup and clearing of storm debris. The partnership with Askeville Assembly of God for the collection, staging and distribution of material goods remains strong. With an emphasis on material goods for Bertie County, the Salvation Army has received communications from the US Coast Guard station in Elizabeth City and is discussing the possibility and logistics of a united material goods drive.

Raleigh, NC: In the capital city and county, the residents in need are benefiting from the Salvation Army’s many new and expanding partnerships for service. From Food Lion and Harris Teeter grocery chains and the hunger relief agencies of Feed the Children and Speedway Children’s Charities, to “American Idol” viewing parties and media partners WRAL-TV5 and Curtis Media Group, the Salvation Army is at the forefront of service through partnership. Internally, the Salvation Army’s disaster response team and mobile feeding unit have arrived from Greensboro and are supporting the Wake County effort by roving the county and serving impacted areas. “Our plan of action is really quite simple, we are following the path of the tornado as it came through Wake County.”, stated Major Pete Costas, Commanding Officer for the Salvation Army Wake County unit. Thursday will see the return of 5 Community Impact teams throughout the County, each led by 1 Salvation Army staff member accompanied by 3-4 community volunteers. As a follow up to the field assessment work from Tuesday, the teams will be going door-to-door providing food boxes, water, toys for children, FEMA information, case management and spiritual care.

Fayetteville, NC: Salvation Army response teams using mobile feeding units have converted from hot meals to sack lunches and snacks and are focusing on service to impacted residents and cleanup crews. In the last 24 hours 900 meals and snacks have been distributed across the area. Through its partnership with the Red Cross, the Salvation Army is assisting with clothing, furniture and household items through its Family Store. Following Wednesdays’ radiothon with Beasley Broadcasting and Cumulus Radio, 6 semi-trailers of material goods have been collected and will be sorted for distribution to those impacted by the weekend storms.

Bladen County, NC: Another hard hit area, Bladen County and Elizabethtown are receiving Salvation Army services and support from its Wilmington unit. Major Richard Watts, Commanding Officer for the Wilmington unit, shares “We [Salvation Army] will now assist Elizabethtown in setting up a ‘one-stop’ Center and will provide staffing and snacks via our mobile feeding unit.” The Salvation Army has partnered with Sunrise Broadcasting for the collection of monetary gifts and gift cards to be distributed to those in need. The storm response has also seen a new partnership with Bladen County Manager and Elizabethtown Manager in order to serve the community. “The Town and County Manager’s were very appreciative of the Salvation Army for being there to provide for those in need.”, Major Richard Watts.

Salvation Army units throughout the Carolinas are partnering with local other local agencies like the American Red Cross, Baptist Men and United Way to reduce duplication and maximize availability and impact of response and recovery resources. To date, with its partnerships, the Salvation Army has provided nearly 18,000 meals, snacks and drinks to residents, first responders and cleanup crews.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the April 16 Tornados and Severe Weather to visit www.salvationarmycarolinas.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary and material donations will be used to meet immediate needs of those impacted locally. The Salvation Army encourages you to continue to support your local Salvation Army Family Store and the much needed local programs your in-kind gifts support.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF JACKSON WORKING TO GET DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO AFFECTED STORM VICTIMS

April 21, 2011

Jackson, MS: The Salvation Army of Jackson is preparing a disaster response plan for all those affected by the tornados of Friday, April 15th, 2011.

“We are working to assess the amount of damage to best identify where we can be of greatest assistance to our community. This was a devastating storm which caused significant damage to hundreds of homes and we want to help those who need it most during this crisis,” said Captain Chapman.

Derrick and Tremeka Minor were hit hard by the storm as their North East Jackson home was destroyed. The family of 4 has been given gift cards to assist with their immediate needs and our Center of Hope shelter has been opened to them for temporary housing.

“We appreciate The Salvation Army so much during this time. This assistance has helped us with the things we need right now,” said Tremeka Minor.

The Salvation Army of Jackson is partnering with the Red Cross and Catholic Charities in an effort to diminish duplication of services. Assessments are being made by agencies today to formulate a disaster response plan for the central Mississippi area.

More than 120-thousand dollars was raised during Tuesday’s telethon with local CBS affiliate WJTV. All monies will go to helping families in the Jackson, Clinton, and Rankin county areas affected by the storms.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit www.salvationarmyjackson.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. You may also text the word “give” to 769-230-3270 and give any amount to local disaster relief. It is important to note that 100 percent of all donations given to The Salvation Army of Jackson are used for disaster response and will go those who need it most in our community.

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MORE THAN $120,000 RAISED FOR TORNADO VICTIMS

April 20, 2011

Jackson, MS: The big-hearted people of Mississippi have proven once again that Mississippi is the “most giving” state in America as more than 120-thousand dollars has been raised to help last week’s storm victims in the greater Jackson area.

Viewers began calling in to the phone banks at WJTV at 5:00am yesterday and continued to call through 10:00 last night. “It was an incredible site to see as so many people took the time to give to help their neighbors! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Mississippi who hear of a need and respond so quickly to meet that need,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

From the little boy who gave his allowance to the local corporations who gave thousands, the call to help was met with a great response.

“I want to personally thank the staff at WJTV who gave so generously of their time and talents to be on-air all day to help us raise this kind of money—they are amazing people with big hearts who love their community and we are so grateful for them,” said Captain Chapman.

The Salvation Army of Jackson is now beginning the process of distributing these funds to storm victims. All those affected by the storm may contact The Salvation Army for information on how to make a disaster claim. Call: 601-982-4881 for more information on disaster claims.

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THE SALVATION ARMY IN 3RD DAY OF RESPONSE IN GLOUCESTER
The Salvation Army Continues Work with Displaced Families

April 20, 2011

Gloucester, VA: In the third full day of storm response, Salvation Army teams of caseworkers and spiritual counselors are working in Gloucester, Virginia. Since Sunday The Salvation Army has been serving meals and drinks and has served lunch from 11-2 and dinner from 4-6. It was totaled that 132 lunches were served on Sunday and 150 were on Monday.

The Salvation Army partnered with Providence Baptist Church on Tuesday to put together bagged lunches to hand out to the workers and residents in the affected communities. All of the major roads surrounding the damaged neighborhoods are shut down to thru traffic with the exception of volunteers from The Salvation Army and Providence Baptist Church who are working together to make sure that everyone is getting the basic necessities in that specific area. Providence Baptist Church is the closest location to the most damaged residential area, from which The Salvation Army is continuing to serving lunch and dinner from.

As of today 100 HBA (comfort) kits were made and personally handed out to residents. Each of the kits includes: a bar of soap, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and baby wipes. Also given to the residents with the kits are grocery bags that consist of “pop-top” cans of food.

With the rise of displaced families in the damaged areas getting greater every day The Salvation Army is deeply concerned with finding immediate and permanent shelters for those people. The Salvation Army has been able to make additional room in their shelter to accommodate displaced families and individuals.

Children from Page Middle School will be re-starting school tomorrow at Peasley Middle. The Salvation Army, starting Wednesday April 20th, will be supplying at least 580 book bags full of supplies to those children.

The local radio station, 99.1 FM, is running donation ads throughout the day. They are aware of where The Salvation Army is set up and what the Army is in need of. In the past 24 hours there has been a great response to the radio ad and donations have been pouring in. The Salvation Army is still asking for the following donations: clothing, blankets, bathroom goods, pop cap canned food and bottled water. Any other donations are of course gracefully welcomed.

Donations can be made at the local Salvation Army in Gloucester between the hours of 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Though the office was initially planned to be closed on Good Friday the decision was made to stay open and to extend business hours on Saturday April 23 as well. Donations are to be taken through the front door at the Gloucester Salvation Army. Donations are being collected at the Virginia Peninsula Command during the hours of 9 AM-4:30 PM. All media and volunteer inquiries should be directed to Stephanie Romett at (540) 840-5728. To make a monetary donation, please all 800-SAL-ARMY.

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THE SALVATION ARMY EYES RECOVERY IN 3RD DAY OF RESPONSE
The Salvation Army Expands its Teams of Caseworkers and Spiritual Counselors

April 19, 2011

Charlotte, NC: In the third full day of storm response, Salvation Army teams of caseworkers and spiritual counselors are deploying in hard hit areas of central and eastern North Carolina. With each passing day the focus transitions slightly from response to recovery, and The Salvation Army knows that being in the impacted neighborhood to serve those affected is essential. Unfortunately, the passing of days has also seen an increase in the death toll, with an additional fatality reported in Bladen County, the loss of life stands at 23 for North Carolina.

From its Raleigh command, a team of Salvation Army caseworkers will arrive today in Holly Springs to meet with and assess needs of individuals and families. “I wish I could tell our team what they will find when arriving in Holly Springs, but the damage is so spotty that you have to turn a corner to see what’s next” stated Major Pete Costas, Corps Officer for Wake County. “We have to serve just as the storm struck, spotty, one person at a time – one family at a time.” The Salvation Army’s Raleigh command has been serving since Saturday evening in the Stonybrook neighborhood, one of Raleigh’s hardest hit areas. To date, more than 1,200 meals have been provided to residents, first responders and utility crews.

In Smithfield, the Johnston County command of The Salvation Army has been active distributing comfort hygiene kits and bottled water. Personnel arrived in the town of Micro just fifteen minutes after the storm passed to begin response services. The command has also opened its gymnasium shower facilities in Smithfield for those displaced by the storm. “It’s normal to think of material goods when we think of need, but for those who have lost everything a hot shower can be the bright spot in a day”, shares Lt. Kevin Justice, Salvation Army officer for Johnston and Harnett Counties.

Bertie County, the hardest hit area with 11 confirmed deaths, is being served by The Salvation Army’s Washington, North Carolina and Greenville commands. With its mobile feeding unit canteen, more than 300 individuals have been served with food and water. Lt. Chris Lyles, Salvation Army officer, reports “With our mobile unit we have been able to reach far into the devastated areas. As much as people are in need of essentials, they are desperate for prayer and spiritual care. People have lost everything, including family and friends, and are hurting.” The Washington unit of The Salvation Army is partnering with the Askeville Assembly of God for meal preparation and distribution as well as provisions of material goods.

Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores across eastern North Carolina have opened their doors to assist the displaced with furniture, clothing and household essentials. Through a partnership referral system, material goods are available to those presenting a Red Cross voucher. In Sanford, Salvation Army personnel are working to save furniture items and household basics in anticipation of need. “As long as there is a need, The Salvation Army will be here” states Major Sue Jervis, Salvation Army officer for Lee County.

Salvation Army units throughout the Carolinas are partnering with local agencies like the American Red Cross, Baptist Men and United Way to reduce duplication and maximize availability and impact of response and recovery resources. To date, with its partnerships, The Salvation Army has assisted more than 3,000 individuals with food and water.

This week will also see a variety of local and regional drives for financial and material donations, strictly for use in storm response. Wednesday will see a united agency telethon with WRAL-TV5 (Raleigh) and a united broadcast network telethon in Fayetteville through Beasley Broadcasting and partners. The Curtis Media Group (Raleigh) will devote the Thursday lunchtime hour to “Care on Air” in partnership with Triangle area Wal-Mart stores. While material goods are an essential component of The Salvation Army’s collective response, monetary contributions are encouraged as they allow for immediate investment into services and greater effectiveness.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the April 16 Tornados and Severe Weather to visit www.salvationarmycarolinas.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations will be used to meet immediate needs of those impacted. The Salvation Army encourages you to continue to support your local Salvation Army Family Store and the much needed local programs your in-kind gifts support.

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The Salvation Army in Oklahoma Providing Emergency Disaster Services In Multiple Areas in the State of Oklahoma

April 19, 2011

Oklahoma City, OK: The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army continues to respond to multiple sites where assistance has been requested to help with disaster response, including last week’s tornadoes and the fires that continue through this week.

The following is a brief summary on each site:

Tushka, Oklahoma: The Salvation Army continues to provide meals, drinks and comfort to the victims and responders in Tushka, which was hit last week by a tornado. On Sunday, April 12, The Salvation Army AOK provided more than 199 meals, 636 drinks and 112 snacks. The canteen closed for Sunday evening but reopened Monday morning for service.

Water, Gatorade, and Coffee are being served as well as providing cases of water to those affected by the tornado as well as first responders which include State and Local Emergency Managers, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Fire, Sherriff and Police Departments, State Health Department and others.

Lawton, Oklahoma: Four Salvation Army officers and six volunteers provided water and sandwiches to firefighters at the Lawton Fire Service at Trail Road in Comanche County. Captain Hull arrived on the scene to assist the fire service responding to multiple grass fires in the area. On Sunday, The Salvation Army served 110 sandwiches, 268 snacks and 315 drinks to firefighters in that Area.

Velma and Orr, Oklahoma: The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division also responded to the wildfires in Velma and Orr, serving 250 meals, 333 drinks and 118 snacks in Velma as well as 150 meals, 208 drinks and 74 snacks in Orr to first responders and firefighters.

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 April Storms. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

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THE SALVATION ARMY PROVIDING ROUND-THE-CLOCK SUPPORT AT WILDFIRE LOCATIONS IN TEXAS

April 18, 2011

Dallas, TX: More than one week after initial deployment, Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers continue to provide round-the-clock assistance and relief to firefighters, other responders and residents affected by wildfires throughout the State.

On Sunday, April 17, the most concentrated efforts took place in and around the small city of Strawn, TX, located only 90 minutes West of Fort Worth. Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from Dallas, Plano, Waco and Fort Worth have been deployed and staff worked throughout the weekend to provide meals, hydration and spiritual support in Strawn, Palo Pinto and Graford. Volunteers from the nearby Mineral Wells Salvation Army Service Unit assisted the efforts by serving and delivering meals to exhausted responders.

To the South West, in Coke County, Salvation Army disaster teams from Austin, Midland and San Angelo assisted those working to contain another rapidly spreading fire fuelled by the unpredictable, blustery wind and extremely dry conditions. The Disaster Canteen from Wichita Falls also responded to calls for assistance over the weekend as several fires broke out to the North and West of the city. It is reported that more than 500,000 acres has been consumed by about a dozen fires over the last two weeks in Texas.

Since Saturday April 9, The Salvation Army has served more than 6,500 meals, 8,500 drinks and 4,800 snacks at wildfire locations and remain committed to providing relief as long as is needed.

Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief can be made by mail to P.O.Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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SALVATION ARMY SERVES BROKEN LIVES BEHIND TOPPLED TREES
The Salvation Army Responds Following Deadly Tornados Across the Carolinas

April 18, 2011

Charlotte, NC: Following a volatile Saturday that saw more than 100 deadly tornados and severe storms, The Salvation Army is busy assessing local needs and serving some of the most impacted areas of North Carolina. Initial reports indicate 22 fatalities across the state and some people are unaccounted for in some communities and rural areas. Governor Bev Perdue declared a State of Emergency (SOE) for North Carolina as of April 16th. More than a dozen counties have declared local States of Emergency.

From Charleston, South Carolina to Washington, North Carolina, The Salvation Army has activated its network of disaster response operations and resources in order to serve impacted individuals and emergency personnel. The Salvation Army’s disaster response crew and mobile feeding unit from Kinston, North Carolina, have been on-scene at the shelter established at the NC National Guard shelter (operated by the Red Cross) in Snow Hill. From its Washington, NC command, Salvation Army personnel and its mobile unit have been on scene in Bertie County at the hard hit town of Colrain, where many homes have been destroyed. The team is offering emotional & spiritual care to family members who lost loved ones as they visit the sites of their lost homes.

“The widespread impact of these storms, the loss of life, is heartbreaking. It’s times like these that the Salvation Army’s pastoral care is most sought and rivals that of our material care. Whether it be a cup of coffee or prayerful hand of Salvation Army personnel, we are there to serve”, said Captain Chris Lyles, Corps Officer for Washington, NC.

In Onslow County, The Salvation Army of Jacksonville is serving meals in the Piney Green Road and Old 30 area, with the additional assistance of a mobile kitchen unit canteen and crew from nearby New Bern. The Salvation Army of Fayetteville has deployed its mobile kitchen unit canteen and crew to survey remote areas of Cumberland and Robeson Counties.

From its location in Raleigh, The Salvation Army of Wake County is deploying its canteen and personnel to areas of need identified in coordination with Wake County Emergency Management officials.

Salvation Army Family Stores in Raleigh (Wake County), Sanford (Lee County), Smithfield (Johnston and Harnett Counties) and Wilson (Wilson County) are being made available to those left homeless by the storms in these counties, in coordination of referrals from other responding organizations and agencies.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the April 16 Tornados and Severe Weather to visit www.salvationarmycarolinas.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations will be used to meet immediate needs of those impacted. The Salvation Army encourages you to continue to support your local Salvation Army Family Store and the much needed local programs your in-kind gifts support.

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THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDING TO THREE WILDFIRES

April 18, 2011

Oklahoma City, OK: The Salvation Army is currently responding to three different wildfires at the request of Oklahoma Emergency Managers in three different counties. Below is a report on The Salvation Army’s response at each location.

Trail Road: Comanche County: Captain Hull, Lawton Corps Officer, arrived on the scene shortly after 2:00 this afternoon with a van loaded with snacks and drinks and to assess the situation. Upon arriving, he quickly served over 150 snacks and drinks. Lt. Biddix, Chickasha Corps Officer, went to Lawton to help finish preparing meals for the responders and load up the Lawton canteen (mobile feeding unit). As of 10:00 PM, he and Captain Hull were still on the site serving.

Stephens County: A crew from Ardmore as well as the canteen arrived on the scene in Velma late afternoon. They went prepared to serve 250 meals; however, service was still occurring as of late this evening.

Love County: Another crew from Ardmore was asked to assist at a wildfire in Orr. They were asked to provide at least 150 meals and hydration. At this time, they are still on the scene.

Currently, the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is putting other crews and canteens on stand-by to help provide additional services and relieve some of the crews who have been fighting disasters around the clock for the last few days.

Additional information will be provided as it is available.

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 April Storms. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

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THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDING TO MISSISSIPPI TORNADO
Units engaged within minutes in disaster response

April 18, 2011

Clinton, MS: The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson has responded to serve hot meals, water, and pastoral care to tornado survivors in Clinton, Miss. when a strong super cell thunderstorm began dropping a tornado on a line stretching northeast across much of the Jackson Metropolitan Area.

A feeding unit from Jackson has been serving the hard hit City of Clinton where multiple neighborhoods and numerous businesses have reported damage. Emotional and spiritual care has been available to residents as they begin recovery. Services were available throughout the evening and weekend.

Additionally, The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope at 110 Presto Lane opened its doors to residents of Central Mississippi displaced by the storm.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For up to the minute information, please visit www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

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THE SALVATION ARMY ASKED TO ASSIST WITH WILDFIRE RESPONSE

April 17, 2011

Oklahoma City, OK: The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army has been asked to assist with wildfire response in addition to the continued response in Tushka, Oklahoma. The following is a brief summary based on information known at this time.

Tushka, Oklahoma – The Salvation Army served 100 meals during breakfast. The Salvation Army is coordinating feeding efforts with American Red Cross and the Choctaw Nation. In addition, at the request of Emergency Management, they helped to facilitate the delivery of seven pallets of tarp material with the assistance of the Red Cross. Additionally, The Salvation Army helped facilitate, with the Methodists, delivery of hammers, nails, and tack strips for tarp needs.

Currently, an Ardmore crew is serving out of the Tulsa canteen. It is anticipated that feeding service will be discontinued on Monday as electricity is restored to homes and businesses still intact.

Between Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma – Captain Hull, Lawton Corps Officer, was activated via emergency management at 1:50 PM this afternoon. He is on his way to a wildfire east of Lawton to assess the situation and needs. Lt. James Biddix, Chickasha Corps Officer, has been placed on stand-by for assistance.

Stephens County, Oklahoma - The Ardmore, Oklahoma mobile feeding unit is responding to a wildfire in Velma. They have been asked to provide 250 meals.

Additional information will be provided as it is available.

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 April Storms. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

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THE SALVATION ARMY IN OKLAHOMA PROVIDING EMERGENCY DISASTER SERVICES IN MULTIPLE AREAS IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

April 17, 2011

Oklahoma City, OK: The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army continued to respond in Tushka while other sites of service came to a close on Saturday morning. The following is a brief summary on each site:

Tushka, OK: The Salvation Army of Ardmore continued around the clock response in Tushka after a deadly tornado. 24 hour service is expected to end by Sunday evening. Over 1,000 sandwiches, 508 meals, close to 1,500 snacks, and dozens of cases of Gatorade and Water were provided.

Although the mobile feeding unit remained in a fixed site today, vans took sack lunches and cases of drinks through many of the neighborhoods to serve those trying to salvage their possessions. While out, Major Linda Daniel and other volunteers visited with victims and listened to their personal survival stories. Emotional and spiritual care was a big part of the service provided by The Salvation Army today in Tushka.

The Tulsa Area Command's mobile feeding unit arrived on Saturday afternoon with an officer and crew member to relieve Ardmore team members. The Ardmore canteen is returning to Ardmore to be cleaned, restocked and ready to mobilize again should the need arise. However, an Ardmore crew will be back on site on Sunday morning.

Lawton, OK: The Lawton mobile feeding unit completed service at a large wildfire at 1:00 AM this morning. Close to 500 meals were served along with hydration and snacks to those responding to the fire.

Carder County, OK: The Salvation Army of Ardmore completed service at a large wildfire around Midnight last night. Two volunteers served for approximately six hours.

Cement, OK: Lt. James Biddix of Chickasha, Oklahoma reports Emergency Management released their crew at approximately 1:00 AM as the wildfire became contained and the winds died down this morning.

Wildfire chances increase again on Sunday with high winds and the continued dry weather. Mobile Feeding units and crews are on stand-by should the need arise to dispatch.

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 April Storms. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF JACKSON FEEDING TORNADO VICTIMS IN CLINTON AND N.E. JACKSON

April 16, 2011

Jackson, MS: The Salvation Army of Jackson is on site at the incident command post located at the Clinton Big Lots and will be feeding tornado victims, emergency personnel and volunteers.

The mobile feeding unit is stocked to feed more than 500 people and will be on hand both Saturday and Sunday.

“The damage from this tornado is as bad as or even worse than what we saw in Yazoo City. The affected area is not as large but the severity of damage seems to be greater. There are so many homes that have sustained incredible damage. We are assessing the damage and putting a plan together to meet the material needs of these tornado victims,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

North East Jackson is being served hot meals out of our Presto Lane location through our Center of Hope shelter.

Captain Ken Chapman and the Jackson Corps are rotating between the two sites to insure that all tornado victims are served.

Communication towers have been affected by the storms and as a result Captain Chapman’s cell is not receiving calls. Call Becky Russell @ 601-397-2134 to coordinate interviews.

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES TO ASSIST PULASKI AND DRAPER TORNADO VICTIMS

April 16, 2011

Christiansburg, VA: The Salvation Army New River Valley Corps continues to respond to twin tornadoes that struck the Pulaski and Draper Virginia communities.

Captain Jim Forrer states, “For those who are in need of assistance, The Salvation Army continues to be with them. We continue to provide material, emotion and spiritual support. We continue to adjust our assistance as families complete clean-up and repairs.”

To date The Salvation Army has distributed 429 hot meals into the affected areas as well as 610 snacks and hundreds of bottles of water. To families who are gathering their possessions and cleaning their homes volunteers and staff have distributed 160 cleaning kits, as well as 150 storage containers and hundreds of sealable storage. The Salvation Army is also distributing gift cards to help families purchase house repair items.

Donations may be sent to:

Pulaski Tornado Relief
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 762
Christiansburg, VA 24068

Gifts may also be designated to the “Pulaski Tornado Relief” at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800 SAL-ARMY.

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