Dayton, OH - As the sun came up this morning over the Dayton, Ohio region, the actual impact of the overnight EF3 tornado was finally realized. The path of damage and debris left behind dozens of damaged structures, widespread injuries, and at least 2 deaths.
Crews from The Salvation Army were on the ground at first light assessing the damages of their facilities but also checking on neighbors and finding out what they could do to help. It was quickly realized that this was going to be a major event.
The SWONEKY Division currently has three canteens deployed to the Dayton Kroc Center for food service needs beginning with today's lunch and dinner. In addition to the Dayton Kroc canteen already on-site, canteens have been provided by Columbus Chapel at Worthington Woods, with a team, and DHQ, with a team from the Lexington Corps. According to Major Bob Klenk “These Salvation Army mobile feeding units can get into the areas and to the people who need help.”
The damages are still coming in, but The Salvation Army will continue to be there providing assistance. Major Klenk added, “We were in the community long before the storm, and will be here long after it’s all cleaned up.”