The Joplin, Missouri, tornado, that flattened a third of the city on May 22, was the deadliest single twister in the U.S. in nearly 60 years.
The Salvation Army is currently conducting mass feeding efforts in Joplin. At this time, in-kind donations are not being accepted as financial donations better allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of survivors.
Meanwhile, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Teams responded to a tornado that touched down on the south side of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, late Sunday afternoon damaging more than 200 homes and businesses. The Salvation Army deployed its mobile feeding unit to provide meals. Clean-up kits and vouchers for emergency lodging and clothing have also been provided by The Salvation Army. The mayor of LaCrosse has declared the area a state of emergency.
Also, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, tornado touchdowns on Sunday caused widespread and significant damage. The Salvation Army Worship and Service Centre is providing assistance with clothing, food and basic necessities. “One of the biggest challenges is transportation,” says Major Darryl Leedom, Salvation Army Twin Cities Commander. “Our doors are open to help with basic needs, but we wrestle with how to help people get to our location. Lack of adequate transportation due to the storm has made it nearly impossible for many.”
And, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The Salvation Army is serving tornado survivors through a new distribution centre. This centre is providing free counselling, one-time limited financial assistance and in-kind product assistance to those survivors of the April 27 tornado outbreak who still struggle to meet basic needs.