01 May 2014

At a Glance

Since severe weather began Sunday April 27, 2014, The Salvation Army has continued to serve across eight states affected by heavy rain and tornadoes.

  • The Salvation Army has served over 36,000 meals, snacks and drinks – as well as spiritual and emotional support – to hundreds of disaster survivors and first responders.
  • 22 mobile feeding units have been deployed across the Midwest and Deep South.

Panhandle Floods

Following the 24 inches of rain that fell overnight along the Gulf Coast, The Salvation Army is on the ground in places like Pensacola, FL, and Mobile, AL, providing food, shelter and emotional and spiritual support to those in need.

Two mobile feeding units have been deployed, and additional canteens and support teams are in place, ready to be mobilized at a moment’s notice. Since the severe weather outbreak began on Sunday afternoon, The Salvation Army has served 6,009 meals, 7,185 drinks, and 4,630 snacks, and has deployed 18 canteens throughout eight states affected by tornadoes and severe weather.

Tornadoes in the Southern US

Jackson, MS (April 30, 2014) - Now that storms have passed, The Salvation Army has assessed specific needs in each area affected by the storms in Alabama and Louisiana. The Salvation Army Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division has deployed 16 mobile feeding units in locations throughout Alabama and Mississippi. To date, The Salvation Army has provided 6,009 meals, 7,185 drinks, 18 canteens, 4,630 snacks, 128 comfort kids, and 135 people with spiritual/emotional support.

Conway, AR (May 1, 2014) – Mobile Feeding Units continue to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the tornadoes that swept through Central Arkansas on Sunday evening.

Jackson, MS (04/30/2014) - As the hours pass, the days within the ALM division of The Salvation Army continue to reveal more devastation across Mississippi and Alabama.  The Salvation Army has over 18 mobile feeding units out across the region delivering food and support to those affected by the recent storms.  

One area especially beaten down by this week’s deadly tornadoes is the area around Louisville, MS.  Louisville encountered what is now being graded an EF-4, meaning the tornado packed wind speeds of 170 to 190 mph.  This particular tornado left as reported by Winston EMA Director Buddy King, “A 40 mile path of destruction.”   A storm of this magnitude is rare and reported to be one of the most powerful in this week’s series.   

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services has deployed 2 mobile feeding units to the area surrounding Louisville to support.  These disaster units will be assigned to the area through Sunday and have they have the capability of serving over 3000 individuals with food, water, and encouragement during these trying times.  EDS Director, Thad Hicks added, “This is only our first wave of response.  We will continue serving until we no longer see a need.”   

Donations

To support relief and long-term recovery efforts:

• Text “STORM” to 80888 and reply “yes” to donate $10
• By phone at 1-800-725-2769
Online donations here

Read more at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.