The Salvation Army Continues Response to Deadly Southern Storms


Atlanta
, GA – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are actively responding to the deadly tornadoes which have ravaged much of the southeastern United States over the last two days. To date, at least 272 lives have been lost while many more have suffered injuries and face catastrophic property damage.  Hundreds of thousands are currently without electricity.

Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia.  Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being made available as needed in a number of areas.

Additional Salvation Army EDS personnel and mobile feeding units currently on standby in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Maryland and West Virginia, Florida, and Texas will be deployed as needed.

GeorgiaThe Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams in Georgia currently have three canteens that have been deployed to help relief efforts in Griffin, GA. They are serving food and water to hundreds of tornado victims.

We also have teams on standby and ready to serve victims, first responders, and volunteers from mobile feeding units in Georgia and Alabama.  In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, and emotional/spiritual care.  Because of recorded deaths and destruction in Catoosa, Floyd and Walker Counties, Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for Georgia.

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, text “GIVE” to 80888, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.” Checks may be made out to:

The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command
1190 W, Druid Hills Drive, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30329-2121

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.

Contact:
Sheena Gadson
Communications Associate
Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command
404-964-8227

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