17 May 2017


Barron County Sheriff's Department

Media Contacts:

Krachel Greenwood
Media Relations Director
(414) 302-4300 x. 2235
(414) 587-1630 cell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Salvation Army Disaster Workers Respond to Chetek Tornado
Crews preparing to serve meals and hydration along with rental assistance, personal and family needs

Chetek, WI (May 17, 2017) The Salvation Army is on the ground in Chetek, Wisconsin, with multiple volunteers and one canteen (mobile feeding unit).

Those who have responded are coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado. They are prepared to serve those affected in a variety of ways, including assistance with meals and drinks, along with rent, personal and family needs.

The Salvation Army served breakfast to 45 individuals on Wednesday morning.

Today, staff and volunteers are preparing to serve those affected as they return to their homes for the first time. The Salvation Army is ready to provide the services mentioned above for as long as we are needed. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

How to Help:
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the area.

Online: Text CHETEK to 41444 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.

By Phone: Call 1-800-264-6412

By Mail: To donate via mail, please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “Chetek Tornado”.

The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 8
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Your donations make a real difference.

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

Donations of Household Good and Clothing:

Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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 (Human NeedsIndex.org). Nationally, approximately 84 cents of every dollar raised is used to support programs and services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.