Louisville, Kentucky – The latest in nearly a month of dangerous weather, last night tornadoes ripped through the southeastern United States leaving death and destruction in their paths. Trained staff and volunteers responded immediately to serve those impacted by the storms.
For the last two weeks heavy rain in Tennessee, and other states upriver, has swollen creeks and rivers to flood levels. Salvation Army personnel – already responding to flooding in some areas, like Chattanooga – know the needs will grow as the flood water recedes.
Bo Sells, Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army throughout Kentucky and Tennessee is coordinating with state and local officials to assess potential needs and service levels, “We anticipate the need for assistance with cleanup kits, feeding, and ESC as flood waters recede.”
Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) is part of the holistic approach The Salvation Army brings to its response in times of disaster. These trained responders are available to talk with survivors, pray with them, and help coordinate available resources.
The Salvation Army has placed personnel on standby to respond as needed. This includes preparing custom response equipment like canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) for service to disaster survivors and first responders.
For the latest on The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster response visit, www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org. There you can also make a financial gift to support The Salvation Army’s disaster response.
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.