The Salvation Army Responding to New Years Eve Storms

Jackson, Mississippi – The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson, Miss. is responding to multiple tornado touchdowns across much of central Mississippi.  Beginning around 5:00 P.M. a strong super cell thunderstorm began dropping severe weather on a line stretching across the state striking the metro Jackson, Mississippi area.

One mobile feeding unit from The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson has been deployed to provide mass feeding, hydration, and pastoral care to Byram, Miss south of Jackson. The unit will be staged at the Command Post at the corner of Terry Road and Siwell Road.

A second mobile feeding unit is responding to the suburb of Pearl, Miss. just east of Jackson. Early reports indicate severe damage and power outages, as well as the roof of a movie theater being ripped off.

With widespread damage and power outages coupled with the continuing severe weather throughout the evening, The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division has placed all disaster units on alert for possible response. All units in the three states are prepared to respond as needed throughout the evening.

“The New Year will find The Salvation Army providing care and compassion to Mississippi residents just as we did in 2010. We will continue to provide an act of God in serving the residents of Central Mississippi,” stated Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army in Jackson. “Our hope is that through the love of Christ the emotional and physical scars can begin to heal.”

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit www.salvationarmyalm.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose.  For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.