Chattanooga, TN – The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi Division has deployed three mobile kitchen units and two rapid response vehicles (catering trucks) to the tornado-torn areas of Alabama this morning. These communities include: Maplesville, Centerpoint and the Birmingham Area. More units are on stand-by and may be mobilizing to help.
The Salvation Army of Chattanooga has just received a new rapid response vehicle to its fleet late last week and it is already on stand-by to serve potential flooded area of North Georgia or serve as back up if needed in neighboring Alabama communities.
The Salvation Army is no stranger to being one of the first to a scene of a natural disaster and is typically one of the last to cease serving. The Chattanooga mobile kitchen is still in the Apison, TN community and Long Term Recovery Workers are still serving the Tennessee Valley from the April 27, 2011 storms.
The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "January 2012 Tornado Relief" Checks may be made out to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 100339
Atlanta, GA 30384-0339
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.