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Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS

Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS

Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS
Louisville, MS (May 5, 2014) – Response activities continue in Louisville, MS., following last week’s series of deadly tornadoes that tore across the region.

Residents and organizations from all over the region have stepped up with donations for the shattered central Mississippi community.  The twister that struck the Louisville area was graded an EF4 tornado, meaning that the sustained winds were at times nearing 200 MPH.  Winds at this speed cause severe damage, easily leveling most structures.  This storm was exceptionally bad, since its path of destruction went on for almost 40 miles.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services have been working in the area since the first few hours after the storm, providing food, water, and support for the community.  The Salvation Army in Jackson, MS collected emergency materials for the area, and this past weekend, they sent these to Winston County.  Part of the shipment also included food, water, and snacks for the three Salvation Army mobile feeding units assigned to the area.  One of The Salvation Army volunteers serving meals in Louisville stated, “I cannot believe the amount of destruction this little county has taken.”

It is true, that the storms have taken a toll on this small Mississippi County, but it is also very clear that they are determined to rebuild their community and their lives.  The Salvation Army commits to stand by Louisville and Winston County as they do just that. DONATIONS:
• Text “STORM” to 80888 and reply “yes” to donate $10*• By phone at 1-800-725-2769• Online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/april 2014

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865. 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.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs. or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innogive Foundation.  Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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Mississippi and Alabama Tornadoes Bring Challenges

Mississippi and Alabama Tornadoes Bring Challenges

Jackson, MS – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Team is no stranger to expertly devising plans in order to get communities back on their feet as fast as possible. However, the outbreak of tornadoes on Monday, at least nine hitting Mississippi, created a challenge for the ALM Division that is not often seen.

The damage created by Monday’s storms is so widespread through Mississippi and Alabama that it has been a challenge and quite expensive to get resources to every area in need. “We aren’t talking a few miles,” says Thad Hicks, Divisional Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army ALM Division. “We have three mobile feeding units in Louisville, Miss. covering 40 miles to ensure everyone has food and water.” 

Areas such as Louisville have set up central locations where people affected by the storms can go to receive food, drinks, cleaning supplies, and clothes; however, some people are not able to make it there. The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding units (canteens) are some survivors’ only hope at getting assistance right now.

Large in part to these mobile feeding units, The Salvation Army has served 23,325 meals, 31,496 drinks, and 16,635 snacks thus far. In addition, they have provided 387 persons shelter, emotional and spiritual support to 572 people, 259 clean up kits, and 657 comfort kits.

The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding units will continue their services as long as they are needed, despite the mileage or cost. The Jackson, Miss. Corps is serving lunch and dinner daily in Rankin County. Canteens from New Orleans and Jackson are assisting Louisville, Miss. Tupelo and Florence canteens are feeding right under 2,000 meals a day in Tupelo. Laurel and Hattiesburg Corps are assisting Sandersville, Miss. The Birmingham, Ala. Corps is assisting people in Bessemer and Adamsville, Ala. Graysville, Ala. is being assisted by the Mobile Corps. The Mobile Corps is also serving food at the Baldwin County Coliseum. Columbus, Miss. Corps is serving in Columbus. The Tuscaloosa Corps is also serving in their own area. The Salvation Army is serving around 1,800 meals a day in Athens, Ala. with the assistance of the corps from Huntsville and Decatur, Ala.

### The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865. 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: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.orgTwitter: @salarmyALM | Facebook: facebook.com/salarmyALM *A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; text HELP to 80888 for help.

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The Salvation Army Expands Support of Search and Rescue in North Mississippi

Oxford, Miss (May 2, 2013) For the second day in a row, The Salvation Army in Oxford, Miss. is supporting first responders in the search for a missing teenage boy. Missing since Monday, efforts have intensified as law enforcement deployed dive teams in support of the search.

Salvation Army volunteers and staff from Oxford and Tupelo have responded today with a Mobile Feeding Unit stocked to serve hot meals, snacks, and drinks to first responders, volunteers and family holding out hope for a happy conclusion.

Salvation Army personnel will remain vigilant in service until there is a conclusion to the search and rescue.

“We can only imagine the grief that this family is experiencing holding out hope that their loved one will be found safe,” stated Lisa Coleman of The Salvation Army in Oxford. “Our prayers for the family and rescue workers undergird our physical support of the rescue.”

All Salvation Army disaster assistance is free and made possible by generous donations of time and money. You can support the response by making a donation to the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Program. To make contributions, donate online at www.salvationarmyalm.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to any Salvation Army Office.

 

Mark Jones
mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org
(601) 961-7709