Atlanta, GA (January 30, 2013) – As tornadoes and storms move across the state, The Salvation Army immediately responds to victims and first responders, prepared to feed over 300 tonight. Crews will provide food and hydration, as well as emotional and spiritual care.
The Salvation Army has mobile feeding units (canteen) at the following locations:
• Calhoun (Gordon County) - One canteen prepared to feed over 200 meals to first responders, who are conducting neighborhood assessments
• Adairsville (Bartow County)- One canteen prepared to feed over 100 meals to victims and first responders, in conjunction with the Red Cross shelter
As The Salvation Army meets the immediate needs of these victims and first responders through food, water and emotional and spiritual care, we are assessing the damage to coordinate a response for the next 48 hours.
“Even in the break of the storm, The Salvation Army is already on-site and ready to serve,” said Captain Douglas McClure, Regional Disaster Coordinator for The Salvation Army. “Being on-site I can already see the need is great, and have been impressed at the speed in which the local units have been able to respond to the disaster and immediately provide hope and relief to those in need.”
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for tornado/storm relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response the tornadoes and storms, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org, https://www.facebook.com/thesalvationarmygeorgia or https://twitter.com/tsageorgia.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmygeorgia.org.