As a fierce streak of tornados made their way across southern states and into Georgia during the late evening hours of April 27, The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services teams in Georgia are placed on standby and are ready to serve those in need from mobile feeding units and are on alert to deliver crucial support to storm victims, emergency aid workers, and volunteers in communities affected by the punishing tornado outbreak. Because of recorded deaths and destruction in Catoosa, Floyd and Walker Counties, Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for Georgia.
As the Army works with GEMA to assess damage, The Georgia Division stands ready give assistance by sending canteens (mobile kitchens) and needed supplies to local areas in Georgia with the possibility of additional aid being sent to our neighboring state of Alabama which has reported 128 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Approximately 160 tornados shredded parts of towns and communities across the Southeast.
In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide: · Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies · Hygiene kits · Drinking water · Shower units · First-aid supplies · Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org) and · Emotional/spiritual care
For information on ways to assist The Salvation Army in meeting the needs of the victims of the Georgia tornados, persons may call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visit our website at http://www.salvationarmygeorgia.org. In order to meet the specific needs of storm victims in affected areas monetary donations are being accepted. The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims; please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you.
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