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Salvation Army gearing up emergency disaster services

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services efforts are fully engaged as the National Weather Service predicts more severe weather throughout most of Kentucky and Tennessee. 

Having served more than 250 meals to responders and survivors, and twice that number in snacks and drinks, trained Salvation Army volunteers have made a positive affect on a Tennessee community suffering loss.

"As important as food and drinks are, our volunteers have had the greatest impact through emotional and spiritual care," said Dina Meyers, the staff member responsible for coordinating The Salvation Army's efforts in Cumberland County, Tennessee. 

Meyers continued, "Our folks are taking time to listen, and are providing comforting words and prayers; this makes a huge difference in how folks recover."

"We feel it important to care for the whole person—emotionally, physically and spiritually.  That's why our response teams are trained in all aspects of emergency disaster services, including Emotional & Spiritual Care," said Joe Hughes, the Divisional Disaster Services Coordinator for the Kentucky & Tennessee Division.

Even as one group of Emergency Disaster Personnel is in action meeting some of the most basic human needs today, several others are playing close attention of today's weather.  Emergency response teams and their equipment in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville are ready to roll should today's weather call them into action.

Hughes said, "We've asked units across Kentucky and Tennessee to be prepared to respond in their community or to lend support to a neighboring community who've been affected."  Canteens—mobile kitchens—are at the ready and trained staff and volunteers are paying attention to the weather.

In preparation for what many are predicting to be an active tornado season, the Chattanooga Salvation Army is holding disaster response training classes March 30 and 31 at The Salvation Army Citadel Corps, 1019 North Moore Road.  Classes will give volunteers the tools necessary to serve on a Salvation Army disaster response team.  All those interested in this free training may call 423-756-1023 or visit www.csarmy.org to register.

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