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Spring Tornadoes 2009

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May 4, 2009

Crossville, TN: Cumberland County Emergency Management Services called The Salvation Army to respond to a reported tornado touchdown in and around Crossville, Tennessee.

While the rain was still falling and heavy winds were still blowing debris; trained, dedicated volunteers were in action serving food and drinks to both victims and emergency responders.

A team of Emergency Disaster Services volunteers who work with The Salvation Army meeting needs in Crossville year-round, were quick to respond to the call for assistance. In addition to serving from their own vehicles, The Salvation Army was also asked to provide meals for the temporary shelter set-up to house displaced residents.

Mike, a long-time volunteer engaged in serving those affected by the tornado said: “We’re helping people all the time; this is just a different way…with longer hours.”

The Salvation Army will be actively involved in the relief effort as long as the need exists. All the while and long after, The Salvation Army will be meeting needs in Cumberland County through the generosity of those who support its work and mission.

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by tornadoes to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Tennessee tornadoes. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.



April 14, 2009

Nashville, TN: The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command deployed several teams of disaster relief volunteers to Murfreesboro, TN to serve the victims of Friday’s tornado touchdown. Four canteens (feeding centers) have been set up in the Blackman Community on Buck Lane, Highland Park Community on Crosswalk Street, Victoria Park Community on Haine Street and a location on Penny Lane. Since Saturday morning, over 1,000 meals have been served. On Sunday, Easter baskets were dropped off by a generous woman and were handed out to children.

Major Rob Vincent expressed, "The devastation of Friday’s tornado is just unbelievable as victims pick up the pieces. The Salvation Army's mobile feeding units deployed to that area have been feeding in 4 of the areas neighborhoods providing food supplies to others. Our focus this week continues to be supplying meals and beverages as long as we our needed. In most cases our volunteers are not only supplying a hot meal, but providing spiritual counseling to help folks deal with this disaster."

Monetary donations can be made by calling 1-800-Sal-Army or by visiting The Salvation Army website at Please designate checks to “Disaster Services” and make payable to The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command, PO Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207.



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