The Salvation Army Responds to Tornadoes in Southern Indiana

March 02, 2012 - 11:00 PM EST
Michael Rowland
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Clark County, IN (March 2, 2012) - Late Friday afternoon a severe weather system produced several powerful tornadoes in the Southern Indiana counties of Clark and Washington. The worst damage was in the area of I-65 with the small town of Henryville getting most of the damage. Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) teams from New Albany, IN were deployed as soon as it was safe to proceed into the damaged areas.

Currently, The Salvation Army is providing food for nearly 400 victims and emergency responders at the Washington County Command Center in New Pekin, IN. In Clark County, The Salvation Army is providing food for 200 people at the Red Cross shelter set-up in Charlestown High School.
In addition, The Salvation Army has dispatched canteens to the heavily damaged town of Henryville.

“Right now we’re just trying to assess what’s needed and provide support to the victims of these storms,” says Major Steve Kiger of the New Albany Salvation Army. “Our services will be changing and expanding over the next 24 hours, and we’re going to be meeting needs here for a long time.”

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

The quickest and easiest way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army as they serve victims is to make a monetary donation. You can make a donation online at, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or make a $10.00 donation by texting* “storm” to 80888, to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


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