Columbus, GA (March 5, 2019) – A devastating series of tornadoes that ripped through eastern Alabama on Sunday forged further east to discharge a measure of their fury throughout the South Georgia region. In Columbus, GA, just thirty miles east from the main devastation located in Lee County, AL, The Salvation Army partnered with local authorities to strategize how best to help those in Georgia impacted by the winter storm.
On Monday afternoon, The Salvation Army of Columbus started cooking meals for first responders and residents impacted by the tornados either picking up the pieces of their homes or refuging at a Red Cross shelter in Talbotton, GA, where over sixty homes were damaged or completely destroyed. “We are here to do all the good we can,” says Pastor Michael David, shelter director at The Salvation Army of Columbus and leader of the disaster relief cooking operation for The Salvation Army of Columbus. Salvation Army canteens from Columbus and Newnan, GA work alongside Red Cross units to deliver meals prepared each day by the Columbus Corps.
One hundred and forty miles to the south, in Cairo, GA, The Salvation Army of Thomasville, GA started cooking meals today for responders and impacted area residents that were gathered at a Red Cross shelter located in Grady County, where an EF2 tornado with winds of 120 mph shook houses, toppled trees downed power lines. Canteens from Thomasville and Bainbridge, GA deliver 550 meals to the shelter and to impacted residents for lunch and dinner.
“We are humbled and prepared to provide relief services to our fellow residents in Georgia impacted by this devastating weather,” says Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “And we will continue to assess and deploy Salvation Army disaster relief resources when and where they are needed.”
Lloyd says on Wednesday The Salvation Army plans to also start distribution of cleanup kits to help residents impacted by the storms.
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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.