(Decatur, November 21, 2013) — Captain Wes Dalberg announced today that The Decatur Corps Salvation Army has been called to send volunteers to the Washington, Illinois area in the next coming weeks. “Our Emergency Canteen was taken to the Washington, Illinois area this past Sunday and is being used daily. Now the Incident Commander has asked for volunteers to replace the ones that have been working since the storms hit,” said Captain Wes Dalberg, Salvation Army Corps Officer. “We have one team of Advisory Board members that will be heading up on Thanksgiving Day,” added Dalberg.
“Unfortunately, we will not be able to be a part of the Decatur Christmas Parade this year, since our Canteen is in Washington being used to serve the victims. Our Canteen was requested within an hour after the storm hit this past Sunday,” added Dalberg. “Monetary donations and prayer are the two most critical needs as supplies and personnel are mobilized to all the areas The Salvation Army is serving. Thankfully The Salvation Army received over $50,000 from online donations the first 2 days after the storm,” said Captain Wes Dalberg.
The Salvation Army emergency disaster services personnel had provided first responders and victims of the Illinois Tornados with more than 8,000 meals, drinks and nutritional items in the first 72 hours.
The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster relief at the following locations:
In the Central Illinois counties of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford, Illinois, most of the damage was centered around Washington, Illinois. Early reports claimed that an F-4 tornado may have entered Washington (15,000 pop.) and the adjoining areas of Tazewell County at approximately 11:45 am on Sunday, November 17. The most affected cities of Pekin, Morton, Washington and East Peoria (combined pop. of 100,000) suffered fully demolished houses, flooding and severe wind damage. Rescue crews worked through the night, while National Guard and Law Enforcement secured the most damaged areas to limit access.
The Salvation Army has deployed mobile kitchens (canteens) and spiritual care officers to assist in the recovery. Since early Sunday afternoon four canteens from Central Illinois have delivered essential nourishment and hydration to the cities of Washington, Pekin, Roanoke and Gifford, Illinois. In addition, some dry clothing items have been delivered to the search and rescue teams by Salvation Army crews. Salvation Army officers have also been deployed to shelters to comfort survivors.
Today these canteens are providing hot drinks and baked goods for rescue and relief workers in the affected areas. The work of assessing and forecasting the immediate needs of this disaster event continues. Until further notification, the Heartland Division (The Salvation Army in Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa) will consider this a long term assignment and plan accordingly. Salvation Army officials request that you “Please keep this area in your prayers as we move towards recovery.”
In the Metro Chicago area, The Salvation Army has been at work since Sunday afternoon in Grundy and Will Counties. Today a canteen continued to offer food and hydration to first responders and survivors from a base at Coal City High School.
At approximately 2:20 pm Sunday, The Salvation Army dispatched a canteen to Washington County, Illinois for initial response to a report of a tornado touching down in New Minden. Initial reports stated that one house was destroyed, one church was damaged, and there were three confirmed fatalities. Salvation Army Volunteers from Centralia, Illinois assisted with the response effort. The canteen was released by authorities and redeployed to Brookport, Illinois, outside of Paducah, Kentucky, where reports indicated significant tornado damage, with 100 homes affected—50 of those destroyed. A canteen from Paducah is also staged to respond when needed.
In Indiana, the Kokomo Corps Community Center sheltered 30 displaced persons last night and its canteen is serving the people of the city today. Damage in the area was so severe that the city prohibited vehicle traffic throughout Sunday evening and Monday morning. In Lafayette, Indiana another canteen was deployed Monday morning at the request of local officials.
Canteens across Illinois and Indiana are staged to respond immediately when requested by local or state disaster officials. As the severity and extent of the damage becomes clear, it is expected that a greater response will be required.
How to Help
The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.
Donors can text the word STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts via their phone bill. It is important for donors to confirm their donation with the word, “yes.”
Monetary donations can also be made through:
www.saheartland.organd click on the disaster logo
or by calling: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by check to
The Salvation Army c/o November Tornadoes 401 NE Adams Peoria, Illinois 61603
Terms and conditions:
Donations of Household Good and Clothing:
Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go towww.satruck.org.
Companies who wish to donate emergency supplies in bulk:
Please contact Bob Eisenhart at (847) 795-3086 or email@example.com. Bob will work with you to determine suitability of donation, our capacity to use it, and where it should be delivered.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.