Omaha, Neb. (June 17, 2014) – Salvation Army personnel in the Western Division, headquartered in Omaha, have mobilized and are responding in the wake of tornadoes and damaging winds which devastated the community of Pilger, Neb. last evening. Currently, The Salvation Army has positioned canteens (mobile kitchen units) from Lincoln and Norfolk, Neb in the affected areas. Major James Pennington, Lincoln Corps Officer, is the Incident Commander in Pilger.
Relief efforts will continue in Pilger for as long as needed. In the short-term aftermath of the tornadoes, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first responders by providing food, hydration and shelter. Mobile kitchens and canteen units are capable of serving over 1,500 meals per day.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the storms to donate online or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:
A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing a broom, mop, bucket and other cleaning supplies
A $100 donation can provide snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day
People can also visit The Salvation Army’s Facebook and Twitter platforms for real time updates at facebook.com/salarmyomaha and twitter.com/omahasalarmy.