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.
William C. Hale
Media Relations Coordinator
The Salvation Army Southern Territory Headquarters