Fast Facts — April 2011 Tornadoes May 2011 Floods — May 12, 2011

Published by Territorial Headquarters,

Communications Bureau

Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity and flooding in the southern United States, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.

The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

• The Salvation Army has served 217,071 hot meals and 498,877 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 43,622 hygiene kits.
• The Salvation Army has supplied 7,639 cleanup kits.

• The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 9,586 individuals.
• The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.

• Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have served of 59,717 hours.

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WJTV and Wal-Mart Help The Salvation Army

Jackson, MS (May 12, 2011) — “Caring For Mississippi,” WJTV News Channel 12 has partnered with The Salvation Army to help flood victims. News Channel 12 and Clear Channel Radio are asking their listeners/viewers to donate to The Salvation Army by either giving a monetary donation at any branch of Trustmark bank or by dropping off supplies at one of 3 area Wal-Mart stores.

The participating Wal-Mart stores are Pearl, Highway 18, and Vicksburg. 18-wheeler tractor trailers are on hand at the stores to receive donations. Those trucks, once filled will then be taken to The Salvation Army warehouse in Vicksburg and quickly disbursed to flood victims.

“We are thrilled that our WJTV viewers are responding so quickly to this need. We want to help the people in our community who are experiencing this devastating flood and we hope this effort will bring much needed relief to Vicksburg and surrounding communities,” said Ellen Skrmetti, Community Relations Director at WJTV.

“It is amazing to see how the people of this community continue to give to help others and we are so very grateful for every donation give to The Salvation Army,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

Media Contact:

Becky Russell

Director Media/Public Relations

The Salvation Army, Jackson Metro Area
Office: 601-982-4881 ext. 107
Cell: 601-397-2134

Auto Care Centers Join The Salvation Army Georgia Division’s Effort to Rebuild Lives

Norcross, GA (May 12, 2011) — NAPA Auto Care Centers in conjunction with 106.7 FM Radio will capitalize on the automotive company’s “Ladies Clinic” to raise funds for Ringgold, Georgia victims of the recent tornadoes. The event scheduled for May 21 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Mall of Georgia will present a car maintenance program on “What Women Auto-Know” and will offer participants and passersby the chance to donate to The Salvation Army to help their neighbors in need.

“With initial disaster relief services by The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Teams having concluded, says Major Jim Arrowood, Divisional Commander of the Georgia Division of The Salvation Army, extended disaster services focus on recovery efforts that help families and individuals rebuild their lives.”

To date, The Salvation Army has provided from their canteens (mobile feeding units), 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.

Wayne Gunter, owner of Gunter Automotive Repair Center of NAPA AutoCare Centers added, “I’m pleased that we can merge our annual “Ladies Clinic” with a fundraiser to provide The Salvation Army Georgia Division with additional resources to support their material and spiritual ministry across Georgia.”

NAPA AutoCare Centers will make a presentation to The Salvation Army Georgia Division for the “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak” at the Mall of Georgia on May 21.

Media Contact:

Valerie Johnson

Director of Public Relations

The Salvation Army Georgia Division


Spirit of Volunteerism Alive in East Tennessee

Chattanooga, TN (May 11, 2011) — Tennessee has long been known as the “Volunteer State,” a nickname earned during the War of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, especially during the Battle of New Orleans. Now, almost two hundred years later, that same spirit of volunteerism is still alive in the hearts of its people. Two weeks ago today, a series of tornados swept across East Tennessee leaving a path of destruction that changed the lives and landscapes of residents here in Southeast Tennessee forever. In the wake of this epic disaster, volunteers from all over Tennessee and surrounding states have risen to the task of rebuilding this area again.

The University of Tennessee Athletic Department recently held a donation drive for the hardest hit areas of East Tennessee and donated an entire tractor trailer of non-perishable supplies to the Salvation Army in Cleveland, TN. Joel Rogers, of the Cleveland Salvation Army, expressed his appreciation by saying, “This donation from the University of Tennessee Athletic Department means hope for the 500 families who are currently without a home in Bradley County.” Volunteer fans can be proud of the fact that in times of tragedy, the University of Tennessee is there to help all Volunteer fans recover from personal tragedy.

Media Contact:

Lt. David Costellow

PIO Chattanooga Area Disaster Response
(270) 881-6510


The best way to help tornado and flood survivors as well as 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 or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak” or “May 2011 Floods.” Checks may be made out to:

The Salvation Army Disaster Relief

P.O. Box 100339

Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

Donation totals:

As of May 9, 2011 $1,789,182 had been raised in support of relief efforts.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support. Additionally, The Salvation Army would like to thank the many businesses and organizations which have supported relief efforts.

PIO Contacts:
Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi Cell 601 278-2100

Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee Cell: 423-503-1801

Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia Cell: 678-735-0480

Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma Cell: 405-830-6549

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