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Army serves tornado-ravaged Gulf Coast

Added on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Salvation Army staff and volunteers are on the ground in Louisiana and Alabama serving survivors and first responders in the wake of several tornadoes that struck Tuesday.

At least seven tornadoes tore through parts of Louisiana, prompting Gov. John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency there. More than 20 people were reported injured, but no one was killed.

“The Lord has blessed us with not a single fatality at this time,” Edwards said.

The city of New Orleans was heavily damaged, including some of the same neighborhoods that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Salvation Army’s New Orleans Command has dispatched mobile kitchens to provide food, water, coffee, and spiritual care to local residents and first responders.

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

The Baton Rouge Salvation Army also deployed a canteen to the Watson community of Livingston Parish, where workers served almost 100 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 of the Baton Rouge Salvation Army.

How You 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)

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to