In the early morning hours of April 25, 2019, a tornado struck the city of Ruston, Louisiana leaving an extensive amount of debris from damaged buildings, fallen trees and downed power lines. With a population of approximately 22,000, the area is serviced by The Salvation Army Monroe Louisiana Corps. The city is also the home of Louisiana Tech which serves a student population of approximately 12,000.
In the wake of the storm, the Monroe Corps has deployed its mobile feeding unit to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the storm. Incident Commander, Captain Jerome “Jerry” Casey stated, “As we deploy the mobile feeding unit to meet immediate needs, we will also be working with the local emergency management officials to assess the needs of the community in the days to come.”
Two additional mobile feeding units and disaster relief personnel from Alexandria and Shreveport are on standby to support the Monroe Corps team, as needed.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.