• Response to tornadoes in US
The Salvation Army in Tennessee, USA, is responding in the aftermath of the extreme storms and tornadoes that wreaked havoc in Middle Tennessee on 19 December.
The extreme weather, including wind speeds between 218 and 265km/h, caused fatalities, injuries and significant damage to buildings and infrastructure.
Incident Commander for The Salvation Army in Nashville, Captain Philip Canning, said, “Now that we are over 24 hours into our response, we have a much better view of the need in our community. We are serving hot meals, snacks and drinks at multiple locations in Madison and Hendersonville to make sure those who remain in their homes without power, and those who are returning to their homes, to start clean-up efforts, have access to hot meals and support for any emotional and spiritual needs they might have. Sometimes, being able to share your experience with a willing ear over a hot cup of coffee can help lift a weight from your shoulders.”
To date, The Salvation Army has provided: 815 meals, 595 snacks, and 1188 drinks.
The clean-up will begin with Kentucky and Tennessee Division Emergency Disaster Services Director Bo Sells meeting with Captain Philip Canning to begin damage assessments in areas north of the city. Major Ken Chase has also been deployed and will be responding to the Clarksville area.
Southern USA Territory Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator Jeff Jellets explained, “The damage and trauma left behind from the extreme storms has been extensive; work now begins on assisting the people of Middle Tennessee to begin the recovery efforts.
“I am proud that many of our officers are helping directly with the recovery efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Middle Tennessee and all the emergency services workers working hard on the recovery. Additional resources will likely be provided once we have a clearer picture of the situation.”