The Salvation Army is currently providing assistance in Central Arkansas, Central/Northern Mississippi, Northern Alabama, Florida Panhandle and Eastern North Carolina.
The outbreak of tornadoes has impacted 15 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia.
In response to the storm, The Salvation Army has provided approximately:
-135 instances of emotional and spiritual care
-128 comfort kits
The Salvation Army has dispatched 16 mobile feeding units (canteens) to hard-hit areas.
The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of canteens and supply warehouses throughout the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
There are 260 of these units in the southern United States alone and more than 600 nationwide.
A number of Mississippi communities were damaged by at least nine tornadoes Monday.
Louisville, MS encountered an EF-4 tornado that created a 40-mile path of destruction – two mobile feeding units have been deployed with plans to stay in the area through Sunday.
Richland and Tupelo were struck by EF-3 tornadoes. Mobile feeding units have also been deployed to Richland, Rankin County, Tupelo and Sandersville. Huntsville, Decatur, Florence and Birmingham have all sent canteens into the communities directly affected by the tornadoes.
The Gulf Coast communities in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are battling the effects on extreme flooding following heavy rainfall associated with the storm that has been hammering the South since the weekend.
Coastal Alabama opened its Emergency Shelter Monday night and sheltered 50 people; many homes have been destroyed and many are still without power.
Pensacola has seen as much as 15 to 20 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. The Salvation Army of Florida has deployed two mobile canteens to the area and additional canteens are on alert due to the continuation of severe weather into Wednesday.
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Online donations for this disaster can be given at the following web address: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/april2014
You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “April 2014 Tornado Relief.”
Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane 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 Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
Your donations make a real difference:
-A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
-A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
- A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
-A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
-A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day