Four weeks after an E4 tornado tore through several communities in Southern Indiana, teamwork is still a key factor for clean-up and rebuilding. For families affected by the tornado and storm damage, the real work is just beginning. After initially seeking shelter with relatives or friends, families are now settling into a new reality. The Salvation Army remains in those communities as a reliable source of assistance, due to support that has come from many difference businesses and individuals – all part of a team, united to make a difference in the lives of those affected.

To date, The Salvation Army has helped 474 families with over $306,000 in direct assistance  in Henryville, Marysville, New Pekin – as well 61 families receiving  over $58,000.00 in Ripley County.

Our partners at WISH-TV8 presented a check on Thursday, March 29 for $140,000 – funds they raised during a 2-day collection for tornado survivors. See the video here.

Residents say the help organizations have provided has been vital as southern Indiana residents begin the long process of recovery after the destructive storms.

Donations have been used to provide food, water and shelter. Now, the focus is changing. The need for emergency assistance is diminishing.

Now storm victims have longer term needs, such as mental health counseling. The Salvation Army is there to provide assistance for the long haul, expecting to be there for months, if not a year or more.