UPDATE Response to Southern Georgia Tornadoes

Columbus, GA (March 7, 2019) — The Salvation Army of Georgia continues to provide feeding services and spiritual and emotional care to those impacted by recent severe tornadoes that struck in and around the areas of Columbus and Cairo, Georgia last Sunday.

In Columbus, located in western part of the state just across the Alabama state line, The Salvation Army Columbus Corps has provided 800 meals and snacks to date throughout Talbot County, including serving lunch at a Red Cross Shelter where residents are gathered whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed. The Columbus canteen (a mobile feeding unit) continues to work closely with Red Cross units in delivering meals to affected areas throughout Talbot County.

“We continue to coordinate efforts with local and state authorities to ensure resources are deployed where and when they are needed most,” says Pastor Michael David, Shelter Manager for the Columbus Corps, who is coordinating on-scene efforts for The Salvation Army in Columbus.

In South Georgia, the Thomasville Corps has provided almost 700 meals and snacks to responders and residents impacted by the severe weather around the little town of Cario. The Thomasville Corps continues to provide lunch and dinner at a Red Cross Shelter in Grady County, as well as delivering meals throughout surrounding communities. A canteen from neighboring Bainbridge, Georgia, has joined forces with the Thomasville canteen to deliver meals throughout affected areas in Grady County.

“The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm,” says Thomasville Corps officer Lt. Juan Reyes. “Rebuilding communities after a disaster takes time and partnership, and we will be here for as long as it takes.”

A welcomed addition to The Salvation Army services provided, clean-up kits are now being distributed to residents whose homes and businesses were affected by the devastating tornadoes that struck their Georgia communities.

How to Help

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

Donate Online: give.helpsalvationarmy.org
Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)


The devastating tornadoes that ripped through southeastern Alabama on Sunday continued to discharge a measure of their fury in southern Georgia. Salvation Army emergency disaster services (EDS) partnered with local authorities to determine how best to help those in Georgia. By Monday meals were being served from canteens onsite in affected towns to first-responders and residents picking through the rubble of their homes and to those taking refuge in shelters. EDS also is  distributing cleanup kits to impacted residents.


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