Devastating Storms Hit South Georgia

January 23, 2017
Donald Felice |

Devastating Storms Hit South Georgia

January 23, 2017 (ALBANY, GA) – A weekend of devastating storms tore across the southeastern U.S. taking in its wake the lives of 15 Georgians. In response, The Salvation Army of Georgia deployed five of its mobile feeding units (canteens) to provide aid and support for first responders and those affected by the storms. Additional canteens are on stand-by across the state to further support the Georgia relief efforts, or to deploy to other impacted areas as needed. Canteens from Albany, Bainbridge, Elberton and Columbus, GA are currently serving in the Albany, GA area, and a canteen from Valdosta, GA is serving the Cook County area.

The state of Georgia averages 20 tornadoes a year. During the storms that passed through Georgia from early Saturday to Sunday night, 30 tornadoes were reported.

The storms led Governor Nathan Deal to declare a state of emergency in sixteen South Georgia counties. The Governor plans to visit affected areas on Wednesday. President Donald Trump called Governor Deal to offer condolences and pledge his support.

“To all in South Georgia impacted by this deadly storm, we are keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers as we take action to move quickly and serve compassionately,” said Major Jack Butler, Emergency Disaster Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia.

The Salvation Army canteens deployed are tasked with providing hot meals, snacks and hydration to first responders and those affected by the storms.

How to Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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