May 2011 Floods — Fast Facts

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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 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 234,656 hot meals and 558,860 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 44,579 hygiene kits.
• The Salvation Army has supplied 8,516 cleanup kits.
• The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 10,537 individuals.
• The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
• Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have served of 66,245 hours.

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

Flood Relief Continues throughout the Kentucky/Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army

Chattanooga, TN (May 17, 2o11)—The Salvation Army is continuing to rally the troops to begin week three of flood relief for many areas. This spring has been one of the busiest for the Disaster Services Department for the Kentucky/Tennessee Division. Flood relief comes in forms of preparing clean up kits, food boxes, toiletry items, and other household support.

Flood Relief services are being provided today at the following locations:

Memphis, TN — A mobile kitchen unit has been moved to the Disaster Recovery Center for the area. It is serving meals, beverages, and will add social service needs as they surface.

Owensboro, KY — The Salvation Army of Owensboro, KY, over the weekend, provided 100 meals to individuals in area shelters who were displaced due to flooding. They are handing out clean up kits at their local corps located at: 215 South Ewing Road.

Henderson, KY — The Salvation Army is continuing its services from the Corps location in Henderson, KY located at: 1213 Washington Street.

Tunica, MS — The Salvation Army will be serving Northeastern Mississippi at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Dundee Community. This DRC is a multiple county service center. They 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.

Contact: Kimberly George, Divisional Public Information Officer
423-503-1801 or

The Salvation Army is Grateful for
Large Feed the Children Donation

Chattanooga, TN (May 17, 2011) — It has been three weeks tomorrow since deadly tornadoes ripped through the Greater Chattanooga communities. One would not believe it has been less than three weeks, if they were to see The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga’s warehouse. Thanks to folks like Feed the Children the warehouse is flowing with supplies. “What a blessing it was to see a full tractor trailer load of food and supplies come rolling into our warehouse parking lot yesterday,” says Incident Commander, Ray Dalrymple. “Thank you Feed the Children for your overwhelming generosity!” The truck was filled with items such as peanut butter, baby food, snacks, water, and antibacterial wipes.

Last week, a tractor trailer load of supplies rolled into the Greater Cleveland Salvation Army warehouse from The University of Tennessee’s Athletic Department. The Salvation Army has also received a truck load of food boxes from The Church of the Latter Day Saints early last week.

For more information please call: Kimberly George at 423-503-1801. Also visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Arkansas Service Units Support National Guard
Efforts during Historical Flooding

Oklahoma City, OK (May 17, 2011) — The Salvation Army continues to serve responders to the flooding occurring along the Mississippi River as well as the flood victims of the White River.

Prairie County — Des Arc, AR
The Salvation Army provided 5,207 meals from Thursday evening, May 5, through Friday, May 13. The Salvation Army arrived on site at the request of Arkansas Emergency Management to provide meal service for the National Guard troops helping Prairie County. As the flood waters receded, many of the troops were reassigned and services were no longer needed. Teams from various parts of Arkansas provided assistance including Central Arkansas Area Command, Fort Smith, Mountain Home, and Northwest Arkansas. The Salvation Army is grateful to Gospel Mission Church for their hospitality as well as the community of Des Arc.

Randolph County — Pocahontas, AR
The Salvation Army’s Pocahontas Service Unit continues to support flood victims in need with food boxes, toiletry items, infant items, blankets and more. Proof of residence and other documentation may be requested as services are provided on a case by case basis. The services are being provided through the Service Unit’s Family Store. The store is located at 212 E. Everett Street.

Chicot and Desha Counties — McGehee, AR
On Thursday, the State of Arkansas requested assistance with feeding to begin May 13 in McGehee. On Friday, Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, and Joe Finley, Arkansas Service Unit Representative, arrived to assist Jason Martin, Pastor of Victory Covenant Church and the McGehee Family Store Manager. With the help of two Airmen, and several Service Center volunteers, 110 hot meals, 110 sack lunches, and snacks were provided. To date, 1800 meals and numerous snacks have been provided to Air and Army National Guard Troops. Over 447 hours of service have been donated by volunteers to help in meal preparation and service. Meals and hydration will continue as long as there is a need. The service is being provided at a “tent city” near McGehee where troops helping with Chicot and Desha counties are stationed. Volunteers from The Salvation Army’s Lake Village Service Unit from Chicot County are also assisting with volunteer efforts.


Cindy Fuller or 405-830-6549

Windstrom Insurance Network, Inc. Surprises
The Salvation Army with Gift for Tornado Relief

Tuscaloosa, AL (May 16, 2011) — Nearly three-weeks after the catastrophic series of tornadoes that stuck the Tuscaloosa area, representatives from Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND), based in Florida, traveled to Tuscaloosa today to with the sole-purpose of surprising The Salvation Army with some much-needed support for the current relief efforts in the area.

Michelle Griffin, WIND Executive Director, and William “Chip” Merlin, Jr. WIND Board
President, presented a check for $12,500 to Majors David and Cherry Craddock, Corps officers for The Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa, and Major Steve Morris, Incident Commander for the Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief effort. This gift will be used for tornado relief efforts that help Tuscaloosa-based individuals and families affected by the April 27th tornado outbreak.

The Tuscaloosa Corps facility and local emergency canteen were heavily damaged in the April 27th tornado, rendering the facility and local mobile canteen inoperable. However, The Salvation Army – who has a 100 year history in Tuscaloosa – mobilized immediately to respond to the needs of survivors in the area, and currently has four mobile service locations in operation today, offering survivors fresh meals, drinks, snacks along with emotional and spiritual support. Since mobilizing, The Salvation Army has distributed nearly 30,000 meals in Tuscaloosa alone.

Media Contact:
Laine J. Hendricks
Public Information Officer
The Salvation Army, Tuscaloosa, AL
Cell: 415-359-4508

The Salvation Army Continuing
to Assess Community Needs —Teams traveling to smaller hard hit areas

Jackson, MS (May 16, 2011) – The Salvation Army is reaching out in continuing efforts to assess the long term needs of rural towns and areas especially hard hit by tornado damage. Salvation Army teams are meeting with residents and area leaders to determine exactly what is needed and how The Salvation Army can best help them recover from the tornado devastation.

The Salvation Army is currently operating 22 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.

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)
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)

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 operating 7 feeding sites. Canteens are operating in the following locations:

4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

Publix Shopping Center -Jeff Rd/HWY 53 (Monday)
1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)
*note location change Tuesday

Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (Fixed feeding

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

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

-The Salvation Army has served 221,000+ hot meals, 518,000+ 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

Media Contact:

Mark Jones

Public Relations Director/PIO

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709


Secondary Contact:

Merrilu Bennett
Cell: (239) 223-1252

The Salvation Army Continues Service
to Tuscaloosa Tornado Survivors

Tuscaloosa, AL (May 17, 2011) — The Salvation Army continues to serve the
survivors of the April 27 tornado outbreak with food and emotional support.
Four 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.

Canteen service locations for Tuesday, May 17, include:

The Salvation Army Center of Hope (adjacent lot)
Greensboro & 29th

Forest Lake Baptist Church
107 18th Street

Holt Baptist Church
3101 Alabama Ave NE

Crescent Ridge Road & First Street**
(former Lucky Dollar Gas Station)*

The Salvation Army has been operating in Tuscaloosa for over 100 years, and
mobilized immediately in response to this disaster. Though the devastating
series of tornadoes that struck Alabama on April 27 left the Tuscaloosa Corps
facility and the Center of Hope inoperable, The Salvation Army remains
focused on serving the community of Tuscaloosa and plans to rebuild and
serve the greater Tuscaloosa community well into the future.

An interim corps location has been established at:

661-B McFarland Blvd

Northport, AL

(205) 339-0012

This donated space will serve as the primary Salvation Army operating
location until plans for rebuilding are confirmed.

Media Contact:
Laine J. Hendricks
Public Information Officer
The Salvation Army, Tuscaloosa, AL
Cell: 415-359-4508


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 16, 2011 $3,316,267 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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