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Georgia Salvation Army Ready to Serve Tornado Survivors and First Responders Through the Weekend

ATLANTA, GA (February 1, 2013)—Already serving 473 meals, 483 drinks, 234 snacks and providing emotional and spiritual care to 22, The Salvation Army is ready to serve tornado and storm survivors and first responders in Calhoun and Adairsville throughout the weekend.

Most of the men, women and children who come to The Salvation Army have lost everything. Josh and Ashley are no exception. Having three children, Sammy-6, Alana-9, Joshua-10, they are working hard to put the pieces back together to keep their family stable. They were living at a hotel after their house was recently evicted, and not only was the hotel damaged from the tornado, but their car was picked up by the tornadoes winds.

Josh, Ashley and their family are staying at The Red Cross Shelter. The Salvation Army is helping them search out resources, providing meals, snacks drinks and emotional and spiritual care. “I just need three weeks to stay somewhere to get back on our feet,” says Ashley. “I am so grateful for The Salvation Army and thank God they are here to keep food in our stomachs and to pray with us and support us.”

“It is devastating to see families such as Josh and Ashley’s, especially with young children,” says Lt. Michelle Wilson, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army of Cartersville. “The Salvation Army is helping put the pieces back together, starting with a simple meal and offering support. It is an inspiration to see survivors like Ashley who, in the midst of their own troubles, are reaching out trying to help anyone around them; this makes me want to do the most good with everything The Salvation Army has and more.”

“As The Salvation Army is assessing the damage in Bartow and Gordon County, our first and foremost response is to make sure that the storm survivors and first responders’ basic needs are met,” says Major Jim Smith, Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We are working tirelessly to make sure they are fed, given something to drink and prayed for.”

The Salvation Army has mobile feeding units (canteen) at the following locations, which is providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and emotional and spiritual care:

     Calhoun, Gordon County: Gordon County EOC- 400 Bellwood Rd.

     Adairsville, Bartow County: Red Cross Shelter-163 Manning Mill Rd.

After Sunday, The Salvation will be re-assessing to see the needs of a long-term recovery plan. There are also two more canteens on standby, prepared and ready to serve.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for tornado/storm relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response the tornadoes and storms, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org, https://www.facebook.com/thesalvationarmygeorgia or https://twitter.com/tsageorgia.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmygeorgia.org.

Salvation Army Mobilizes its feeding trucks to serve tornado survivors in North Georgia

Dalton, GA (January 30, 2013)—The Salvation Army is on its way to serve tornado survivors and emergency personnel in North Georgia communities of Adairsville, Calhoun and Rome.

Lt. Lee Wilson is on the ground in Adairsville at the local Emergency Management Office and updating Salvation Army personnel. Major Art Fultz of Dalton, GA is making his way to the community of Calhoun to serve and Capt. Doug McClure is serving in Rome. The Salvation Army is assessing the needs for services and is in immediate communication with emergency managers of these communities.

“The Salvation Army is calling on the community first and foremost to pray! Please pray for survivors and emergency responders,” states Georgia Divisional Disaster Director Major Jim Smith. “We will also need you to join us in resource and financial support.”

Monetary donations can also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or by mailing it to The Salvation Army, Georgia Divisional Headquarters, 1000 Center Place, Norcorss, GA 30093.

The Salvation Army of Warner Robins Aids Fire Victims

Warner Robins, GA (July 6, 2012) – A flash, a crash, and suddenly an apartment building on Leisure Road, Warner Robins, is in flames — struck by lightning from a severe summer thunderstorm July 3, 2012. The fire started at approximately 7 PM and within minutes, Captain Gen Perry arrived on scene to learn that 16 families were now homeless.

Immediately Captain Perry pulled his team together, his wife Captain Pam Perry and Salvation Army Caseworker Vickie Turner-Ward. Upon assessing the situation on scene a plan of action was put into place to help those who needed us most. Captain Perry stated “these individuals were going to need clothing and basic supplies to get them through the night and the weekend as the apartment complex was able to provide victims with motel rooms for the evening until they found other apartments for them to move in to.”

Captain Pam Perry and Ms. Turner-Ward opened up the Salvation Army Family Store in Warner Robins to assist families. “We are so thankful that many wonderful individuals in this community donate to the Family store so we could provide clothing, shoes and suitcases to twenty-six men, women and children at a moment’s notice” Captain Pam Perry said. While Vickie and Mrs. Perry assisted families with needed essentials and prayer until midnight, Captain Gene Perry was on the fire scene with The Salvation Army Emergency Vehicle until 1:30 AM serving food and drinks to the firefighters and police personnel.

Salvation Army Georgia Division Supports WMD Response Exercises


Photo: Exercise participants (left to right) Captain Jose’Marquez, Major Shane Strickland (Commander), 2nd Lt. Ryan Schwartz (Operations Officer), First Sergeant Gregory Haines, Major Jim Smith and Jeff Jones.

Atlanta, GA (July 2, 2012) – For more than a century, The Salvation Army has endeavored to ease human sufferings wherever it is found. The Georgia Divisional Disaster Department, under the direction of Major Jim Smith (R), continues to respond when disaster strikes, and more importantly to assist in training exercises to ensure The Salvation Army Disaster team is ready when called.

Recently the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, organized by First Sergeant Gregory Haines invited The Salvation Army to be part of multi-state exercise with Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. Over 100 individuals from agencies that included the FBI, GBI, GEMA, Cobb County Fire and Rescue and Hazmat Teams, and Cobb County Police joined the full scale exercise. First Sergeant Haines, whose parents served as Salvation Army Officers, stated “This is a great way to include a great organization which we know can respond when called on and at a moment’s notice. We can depend on the Army because of, not only their expertise in disaster relief, but because of their commitment, services provided, and compassion to families affected in crisis.”

“It is important for the Disaster Services of The Salvation Army to be involved in these training exercises” stated Major Jim Smith. “The Army becomes part of the bigger team as local commands build relationships with the local responding agencies. These trainings help us understand the needs of the agencies so we can be prepared and serve those who need us in very difficult and strenuous times.“

As we approach Hurricane Season, The Salvation Army Georgia Division equipped with 24 canteens are capable of serving 1,500 meals per day, continues to train throughout the Division. In 20111 thousands of individuals were assisted during the Tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky as well as serving those affected by Hurricane Irene from Georgia to Pennsylvania.

The Salvation Army of St. Marys, GA Assisting After Tropical Storm Debby

St. Marys, GA (July 1, 2012)—With temperatures of 113 and high water levels in surrounding communities, Camden County Emergency Management requested the assistance from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

Under the leadership of Charlene Sears, The Salvation Army St. Marys Service Center Director, pulled her team of volunteers to provide public safety officials with lunch and dinner as flooding from the remnents of Tropical Storm Debby encroached on the Browntown Community of Camden County.

St. Marys Director Charlene Sears stated, “We prepared meals from a small kitchen in the Browntown Fire Station which is central to the affected areas. This is a remote location with boat and vehicle food delivery obstacles but we managed to get everyone fed and hydrated and in a orderly and timely fashion.”

The call for assistance came at 8:30 and initial conversations indicated that lunch would be needed and possibly supper. With a well trained group of volunteers, including Master Chef and Advisory Board Member Patsey Schreiber, over 31 individuals were provided lunch that included sandwiches and drinks. Supper was served to over 50 Public Saftey personnel that included spaghetti, green beans and rolls as well as water. “We will assess the needs for breakfast on July 2nd and are not sure how long the Camden Emergency Management will need our assistance in the coming days” said Sears.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. However, used clothing and furniture are gifts that are vital in supporting the day-to-day work of The Salvation Army. Please consider contributing these items to continue to meet the needs of those who need us 365 days each year at The Salvation Army Family Store at 1909 Osborne Road, St. Marys, Georgia or call (912) 882-2200.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmygeorgia.org.

Salvation Army Continues Long-Term Recovery in Southern States On One-Year Anniversary of Tornadoes

The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term emergency relief services to the residents whose lives were forever changed following a series of devastating tornadoes that ravaged parts of the southern United States in April 2011. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) teams immediately responded to the storms and provided 4.8 million meals, snacks and drinks, as well as material, emotional and spiritual care to survivors throughout all impacted states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

“These were a series of storms that not only changed lives one year ago, but changed lives forever and The Salvation Army will be in these communities to make these changes easier,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “From day one, The Salvation Army has been and will continue to be committed to the long-term recovery efforts by addressing the on-the-ground needs of families impacted throughout the South.”

Within minutes of the storms making landfall last year, The Salvation Army deployed multiple mobile feeding units throughout the southern states, providing warm meals, snacks and drinks, along with emotional support and basic materials to thousands of individuals. As the disaster operation transitioned from immediate response into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army is still on-site in many of these communities, providing continued support to those in need. Long-term recovery plans in support of communities and survivors of the April 2011 tornadoes in the southern United States include:

ALM Division (Serving Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi)
• As rebuilding continues across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army, in partnership with Long Term Recovery Committees in 13 communities, is working to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies in specific service areas, including:
      o Community capacity: Signature community projects were identified to help rebuild parks,

      community centers, and other projects by community leaders, long term recovery       committees, and The Salvation Army.
      o Disaster Social Services: The Salvation Army is providing direct financial assistance to

      survivors through trained case workers. This assistance is provided for essential living

     supplies, emergency household needs and rebuilding supplies.
      o Distribution centers: The Salvation Army continues to operate distribution centers for
      survivors in affected areas. Food boxes, donated furniture, clothing, and other recovery
     items are available through these warehouses.

• On Thursday, May 3, 2012 FedEx, The Salvation Army and NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin, are partnering to bring awareness to the importance of ongoing recovery efforts, specifically in the Tuscaloosa, AL area. Together, the two organizations and Hamlin will welcome a local family into a new home, which was built after the family’s original home was destroyed last spring. The home is the first to be rebuilt in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa.
• The Salvation Army and FedEx previously partnered on rebuilding communities in New Orleans, where the Army established the EnviRenew initiative that built environmentally friendly homes for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

GEO Division (Serving Georgia)
• The Salvation Army of Georgia immediately responded by serving nine counties, including Spalding, Lamar, Troup, LaGrange, Floyd, Bartow, Meriwether, Troup, and Rabun.
• The Salvation Army implemented a long-term recovery plan for these impacted areas, funded by $1 million received in donations, that includes assistance with building materials, appliances, household items, furniture, short-term case management for resettlement assistance and the hiring of three social workers. From this money spent, we have to able to serve 25 households, with 60 households awaiting immediate final approval.
• In addition, The Salvation Army is helping rebuild Spalding County’s historic 107 year-old Vaughn United Methodist Church, which was destroyed by the tornadoes. The Salvation Army is supporting the efforts of rebuilding the church by providing furnishing materials.

KTN Division (Serving Kentucky, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia)
• This weekend, as part of the one year anniversary of the tornadoes, The Salvation Army of KTN will take part memorial services and volunteer celebrations, recognizing the lives lost and the efforts of those working to rebuild lives throughout the area.
• The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga began serving storm survivors immediately after the first tornadoes swept through Bradley County the afternoon of April 27, and began service in Catoosa County later that evening. On April 28, disaster recovery response widened to include more of Bradley and Hamilton counties in TN and Catoosa, Walker and Dade counties in GA.
• The Greater Chattanooga Area Command served in all Disaster Response Centers weeks after the storm and hired additional case workers to better serve the needs of storm survivors in the long-term recovery efforts in each of these counties, which includes direct disaster recovery assistance and development of new community projects that were lost during the storms.
• The Salvation Army also provided warm meals and drinks, as well as emotional and spiritual care in Murfreesboro, TN and Danville, KY.

AOK Division (Serving Arkansas & Oklahoma)
• In Arkansas, The Salvation Army provided immediate emergency assistance to tornado survivors in the communities of Vilonia, Hot Springs Village, and Fountain Lake.
• The Salvation Army also worked with Oklahoma Emergency Management to facilitate services of food and drinks to Stillwell, Oklahoma.
• Currently, The Salvation Army is working to meeting the long-term recovery needs of disaster-affected households within these communities for as long as the Army is needed.

“Long-term recovery is a difficult path. The process of rebuilding homes and lives takes time and patience,” said Major Hood. “The Salvation Army will work with local governments, organizations and community members to make sure every individual and family will have a new place to call home.”