The Salvation Army Continues Operations After Iowa Storms

Omaha, NE (April 17, 2012)—The Salvation Army continues to offer relief after storms damaged communities in Southwest Iowa Saturday evening.

An Emergency Disaster Services mobile canteen and crew from Des Moines has been in Creston since Sunday serving food and hydration to emergency and clean-up crews and victims of the tornado that struck that community.

In southwest Iowa’s Fremont County, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services units from Lincoln and Omaha remains on the scene serving victims and relief workers in the small town of Thurman, Iowa. John Kuzma, divisional director or emergency disaster services, reported that 1,100 meals were served on Sunday and Monday. Teams remain on the scene today and Wednesday. Crews plan to return Saturday, April 21 when a large volunteer turnout is expected.

For up-to-date information, please contact John Kuzma, 402-510-4403 or Arvid Huisman, Des Moines director of development and communications, 515-202-2286.

The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. Contributions to assist The Salvation Army’s relief work in Iowa can be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming Street, Omaha NE 68131. To donate by credit card, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to Please be sure to designate your gift “Iowa Tornadoes”.

During emergencies The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, if household goods are needed, we meet those needs using existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army, you help your community today and may help disaster survivors tomorrow. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.