The Salvation Army is assisting the victims of the recent tornadoes in the southeastern United States. You can make a secure donation to the relief efforts here: 2008 Southern Storms. Here is the latest update on how The Salvation Army is assisting victims.

Jackson, Miss. – As a line of fast moving thunderstorms that spawned numerous tornados passed through Mississippi and Alabama, The Salvation Army quickly responded. Mobile feeding units have been deployed to Lafayette County, Mississippi near Oxford, and Lawrence County in Alabama near Moulton, to provide assistance and warm meals to those affected by a tornado that damaged homes and businesses, as well as support to First responders in the area.

Near Oxford, Miss. a feeding location has been established at the Lafayette County Central Fire Station near County Roads 291 and 204. Immediately following the tornado, The Salvation Army served over 200 people with food, hydration, and emotional support. The feeding operation will continue throughout the day on Thursday.

In Alabama, staff from The Salvation Army in Decatur and Huntsville will be providing meals and snacks, as well as emotional and spiritual support to residents of Lawrence County recovering from a tornado that struck around 3:30 A.M. The Salvation Army has set up a feeding site at the Tractor Supply in Moulton on Highway 157. Services will be available throughout the day to residents and first responders.

“We are prepared to offer hydration, snacks, and warm meals, as well as emotional and spiritual care to victims, families, and first responders affected by these storms for as long as the need exists,” said Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

“We are in communication with the state Emergency operations centers in Mississippi and Alabama, offering our assistance to areas affected by the storms,” Feist added.