Salvation Army Disaster Workers Respond to Chetek, Wisconsin Tornado

May 17, 2017
Krachel Greenwood | krachel_greenwood@usc.salvationarmy.org

Salvation Army Disaster Workers Respond to Chetek, Wisconsin Tornado

Chetek, WI (May 17, 2017) The Salvation Army is on the ground in Chetek, Wisconsin, where one person was killed and 25 others injured when a tornado touched down Tuesday evening. The Salvation Army has deployed multiple volunteers and one canteen (mobile feeding unit). Those who have responded are coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado. They are prepared to serve those affected in a variety of ways, including assistance with meals and drinks, along with rent, personal and family needs. 

The Salvation Army served breakfast to 45 individuals on Wednesday morning.

Today staff and volunteers are preparing to serve those affected as they return to their homes for the first time. The Salvation Army is ready to provide the services mentioned above for as long as we are needed. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

How to Help:
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the area.

Online: Text CHETEK to 41444 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.

By Phone: Call 1-800-264-6412

By Mail: To donate via mail, please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “Chetek Tornado”.

The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 8
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Your donations make a real difference.
·    A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
·    A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
·    A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
·    A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
·    A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

Donations of Household Good and Clothing: 
Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

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About The Salvation Army
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.

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