The Salvation Army Disaster Services has began providing disaster relief following a string of tornadoes in the Midwest this week. With even more expected Friday, The Salvation Army is not only providing relief to those areas already by the storms, but also have teams on standby to help who may still be affected.
If you would like to donate to relief assistance, click here to give online or call 1-800-Sal-Army. For more information, see the latest press release posted below.
Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Teams Activated in Five States
Alexandria, Virginia (March 1, 2012) – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are providing food, beverage and spiritual support to survivors and first responders in impacted areas following the severe weather and tornadoes that passed through the Midwest on February 29. In addition to providing hands-on relief for communities in need, the EDS teams are collaborating with Emergency Management groups at the local, county and state levels to help.
Following the tornadoes and severe weather, which are responsible for the deaths of at least 12 people, The Salvation Army activated their EDS response teams and equipment in five states, including Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee. The Army’s response units are operating in some of the hardest-hit areas:
· Harveyville, KS: A team of EDS volunteers from Topeka provided drinks, meals and snacks to more than 300 people on Wednesday, including first responders, survivors and clean-up crews, through a mobile feeding kitchen. The Salvation Army will continue mass feeding operations as clean-up efforts begin in earnest, and it is also providing emotional and spiritual care services to those in need.
· Branson, MO: A Salvation Army canteen is providing meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews, along with emotional and spiritual care to anyone in need. The Salvation Army will continue to collaborate with other area organizations and government agencies as the response efforts continue.
· Kimberling City, MO: A Salvation Army canteen and team are providing meals, snacks and drinks as well as emotional and spiritual care to community members in need.
· Harrisburg, IL: Two Salvation Army canteens are in the area to assist. One canteen is set up at the Walmart located on 710 S. Commercial.
· Cumberland County, TN: A canteen and trained crew of volunteers are on site to serve survivors and first responders in the area with meals, snacks and beverages.
Mobile feeding units in Louisville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville are also on stand-by and ready to respond if needed; these units are able to provide thousands of meals per day. Additionally, response personnel are standing by in Richmond and Bardstown, Kentucky.
Monetary donations to go directly toward relief efforts can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, please visithttp://blog.salvationarmyusa.