Fast Facts — April 2011 Tornadoes — May 9, 2011

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

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

• The Salvation Army has served 186,301 hot meals, 436,360 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
• The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
• The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 7,997 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 48,698 hours.

Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Visits
with The Salvation Army

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 Agency (FEMA) 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.
May 08, 2011 – 3:27 PM EDT

Media Contact:

Lt. David Costellow
Public Information Officer

Salvation Army’s Disaster Recovery Center Locations for Monday, May 9

In Tennessee:

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.

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.

Media Contact:

Lt. David Costellow
Public Information Officer
(270) 881-6510

Salvation Army Disaster Assistance and Distribution Locations for Alabama and Mississippi

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:


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)


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.

Media Contact:

Mark Jones
ALM Divisional P.I.O.
(601) 278-2100

The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa Celebrates the 58th National Salvation Army Week by Continuing to Serve Tornado Victims and Disaster Relief Workers

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – 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.

Media Contact:

Shane A. Autrey
Public Information Officer, Tuscaloosa Incident Command

p: (404) 550-2963


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 or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.” Checks may be made out to:

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

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

Donation totals:

As of May 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.

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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