The Salvation Army responds to central Iowa tornadoes

Omaha, Neb. (July 20, 2018) – The Salvation Army’s Western Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) leadership arrived in Marshalltown, Iowa, late Thursday in response to damage caused by multiple tornadoes that swept through the state.

Director of EDS Joel Arthur drove from Omaha to central Iowa Thursday to begin coordinating the division’s relief and recovery efforts. The Marshalltown Salvation Army Corps Community Center was among the many buildings in town that were damaged by the storms.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units from Fort Dodge and Boone also responded to the scene Thursday, bringing food, water and pastoral support to residents and first responders.

Now, Salvation Army personnel in Iowa will collaborate with personnel from other relief agencies to provide support to Marshalltown and the surrounding communities—including helping to form a plan for long-term recovery.

Major Jim Beardsley of the Des Moines Corps is working alongside Arthur in the relief and recovery effort.

The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. Contributions to The Salvation Army’s relief work in Iowa can be made by donating online at https://donate.salarmywestern.org/iowatornadoes.

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