Southern Indiana (March 10, 2012) - One week after an F4 tornado ripped through several communities in Southern Indiana, the response has shifted from relief to recovery, clean-up, temporary housing and schools. Many organizations and companies have sent teams to aid in this process, which some predict will last from 12-24 months. Major John Turner, The Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Indiana, visited the Army's operations in Henryville today. Major Turner spoke with survivors and offered his encouragement to the staff and volunteers who have worked many hours since the tornado destroyed the area on March 2.
The Salvation Army, with reinforcement from around the state, will have a presence in these tornado-stricken areas for the long haul. It was announced today that The Lilly Foundation is generously supporting the Army's tornado relief work in Southern Indiana with $100,000 and an additional $30,000 towards a much-needed early emergency response vehicle.
Residents affected by the tornadoes in Henryville, Marysville, Pekin-Borden, Otisco and Nabb can now begin applying for short-term financial assistance from The Salvation Army. The Army offers this service with the intention of meeting immediate needs, such as: replacing food lost in refrigerators, freezers, clothing and household items. Specific days, times and requirements are listed below.
Location: Sanitation Office on Main Street in Henryville
Monday - Wednesday Noon to 6pm *ID Required
Marysville, Otisco, Nabb Residents:
Location: Otisco Community Church - Highway 3, Otisco
Tuesday - Noon to 6pm *ID Required
The quickest and easiest way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army as they serve survivors is to make a monetary donation. You can make a donation online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/indiana/stormrelief, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or make a $10.00 donation by texting* “HOOSIER” to 80888, to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”
Donors can also mail a check to: The Salvation Army Indiana Division, 3100 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis IN, 46208.
* A oneâtime donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.
Due to emergency conditions, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing donated now will be sent to disaster areas. In times of disaster, we fulfill household needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. Please, continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army—you help your community today and may help with disaster relief needs tomorrow. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
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.