The Salvation Army serving in 3 locations following tornado outbreak across the South

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Disaster units in New Orleans, Livingston Parish, LA and Slocumb, AL

Jackson, MS (February 8, 2017) – Severe weather moving across the southern United States dropped multiple tornadoes Tuesday. The Salvation Army has responded with canteens or mobile feeding units to help serve those in need as well as first responders on scene to help.

In Louisiana, six parishes received damage from multiple tornadoes. Roofs where ripped off buildings, structures destroyed, trees toppled over roadways but thankfully no deaths.

The New Orleans area saw the most destructive of the storms. The Salvation Army’s New Orleans Command responded to Chef Menteur Highway and Wilson Road where disaster workers began food service.

“We served 112 meals and 266 drinks from our location, and we plan to help as long as people are in need and are recovery from these storms,” said Major David Worthy, Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army, New Orleans Command.

The Baton Rouge Salvation Army dispatched a canteen to Watson, Louisiana in Livingston Parish where workers served almost one hundred meals and drinks.

“This is difficult work for the first responders and a difficult time for those whose homes have been affected. We are grateful to be able to serve them,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Corps Officer, Baton Rouge Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army also has officers and trained employees on location to provide emotional and spiritual care to any residents and rescue workers who might need someone to talk to or allow us to pray with them.

“Our hearts go out to those who have been touched by Tuesday’s events, and we pray the work of The Salvation Army may ease the burden these folks are feeling during these times,” said Captain Meredith.

A tornado also touched down in Houston County, Alabama near Slocumb, Alabama Tuesday evening.  Alabama emergency officials report power outages, trees down over the roads, and several buildings damaged. The Salvation Army canteen from the Dothan Corps is serving in that location.

How People Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.

  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘February Gulf Coast Tornadoes’ on all checks
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

The Salvation Army meeting need after tornado outbreak in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA (February 7, 2017) – The Salvation Army is already serving in one of the hardest hit areas near New Orleans as storms dropped several tornados around noon Tuesday. A canteen (mobile feeding unit) was dispatched to Chef Menteur Highway and Wilson Road in New Orleans to serve food, drinks and snacks to residents affected by the severe weather, but also to many first responders on the ground.
“We want to be there to help and serve those who are aiding residents who potentially lost everything in this storm,” said Major David Worthy, Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army New Orleans Area Command.

Disaster workers are also assessing damage in other areas of South Louisiana to see if further mobile feeding units will be needed. Currently, six parishes in the state received damage.

“We will also continue to monitor these storms as they move east through Mississippi and Alabama,” said Terry Lightheart, Emergency/Disaster Services Director, The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. “The potential is there for more severe weather.”

How People Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.
· Donate Online:
· Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘February Gulf Coast Tornadoes’ on all checks
· Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Telling The Salvation Army’s Story: Divisional Communication Training

On behalf of the General Secretary, Major Roy Johnson, We would like to invite you to the ALM Divisional Communication Training to be held on March 22-24. This is a great opportunity for Officers and employees to come together and hear not only from our Divisional Communications team, but also special guests from our national marketing partner, The Richards Group, Mobile Cause, and the Territorial Communications Director, Chris Priest.

In addition, we will be covering what our Divisional Head Quarters communication staff can do for you, photography and video, crisis situations, websites and collateral material designs. We will also be hearing about some best practices in other Commands and Corps from around the Division. Plus, we will give you the opportunity to earn your Public Information Officer certificate for disaster response.

We understand there are lots of opportunities to receive training throughout the year, but those might be too expensive or involve hundreds of people where you don’t always get YOUR questions answered. These three days will be extremely beneficial, informative, and we will do our very best to give you the face to face time you and your team need.

A light breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided all three days. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jon Kalahar on or before Friday, March 10 if you or any of your local development staff will be attending.

If you are unable to attend, I strongly encourage your development team to attend. Also, please know that there is a limit to the number of participants we can accommodate for media training. The sooner you reply, the sooner your spot will be reserved!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Jon Kalahar at 601-961-7709 or

Here is the agenda:

ALM Divisional Communications Conference with PIO training March 22- March 24, 2017

 Wednesday, March 22

 8:30 am                             Welcome & morning devotion

9 am -10:30am               DHQ Communications

-Public Relations and The Salvation Army

-Design requests



10:30am-11-45am        Crisis Communication with Chris Priest

Noon                                 Lunch

1:00-2:15                          Local Corps best practices

2:30-3:30                         Mobile Cause presentation – text to give, event planning, and crowd funding

3:40pm- 4:30 pm          The Richards Group – Social Media trends


Thursday, March 23

 8:30 – 8:45am               Morning devotion

8:45am                              Disaster Training – Introduction to Public Information

12:30pm-1pm                  Lunch

1-4:30 pm                         Disaster Training- Public Information 2 – The Public Information Officer


 Friday, March 24

 8am                                    Arrival at DHQ

8:15am– 12:15pm          Disaster Training- Public Information 2 – The Public Information Officer  continues

12:30pm                           Wrap-up and Dismissal