Derecho Storm & Tornado Disaster Response

Aug 13, 2020

Extreme weather conditions caused by derecho storms have impacted many of our communities across Illinois & Iowa.

The Heartland Division's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) have been actively responding in a variety of ways to support both the victims & first responders across all of these impacted locations. Please look below to see our latest updates on The Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts.


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Official Press Release

  • Belle Plaine, IA:
    • A feeding site is open & providing meals through the local community center (located at 1309 5th Ave.) 
    • This service is currently feeding 500 people a day
  • Cedar Rapids, IA:
    • Mobile feeding site established & scheduled to serve from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Additional feeding sites are being coordinated alongside Linn County EMA
    • Personal protective equipment distribution being organized for volunteers
    • Greatest Need Right Now: Volunteers, Cots & Bedding
  • Vinton, IA:
    • Volunteers & EDS team members are working to assist with mobile feeding efforts
  • Forreston, IL:
    • 200 people affected by the tornado touchdown have been met with food
    • Temporary shelter has been established for those displaced
  • Ottawa/LaSalle, IL:
    • Meals, snacks & hydration have been supplied to victims & first responders
These numbers are based off estimates 
Do not include all disaster response locations 
Reporting continues to be delayed due to power/electrical complications.
  • Cedar Rapids, IA:

    • Feeding 800 people a day
    • Supplied over 11,000 meals, snacks & drinks (to date)
    • Assisting with temporary lodging/shelter for those who are displaced
    • Converting Mobile Feeding Units into Mobile Care Units to more thoroughly serve heavily impacted areas. These will provide food, water, emotional/spiritual care & clean up assistance.
    • Preparing to distribute flood kits
    • Creating medical support kits until National Guard can connect with more vulnerable populations
    • Coordinating further meal distribution through other agencies
  • Clinton, IA:
    • Feeding 100 people a day 
    • Supplied over 1,400 meals, snacks & drinks (to date)
    • Assisting with local temporary lodging/shelter for those who are displaced
    • Helping with local food box efforts
  • Iowa City, IA:
    • Feeding 500 people a day
    • Supplied over 7,000 meals, snacks & drinks (to date)
    • Assisting with local temporary lodging/shelter for those who are displaced
    • Helping with local food box efforts
  • Muscatine, IA:
    • Feeding 100 people a day
    • Supplied over 1,400 meals, snacks & drinks (to date)
    • Assisting with local temporary lodging/shelter for those who are displaced
    • Helping with local food box efforts
  • Vinton, IA:
    • ​​​​​​​ Belle Plaine Feeding Site  -
      • ​​​​​​​Serving 500 people a day
      • Supplied over 7,000 meals, snacks & drinks (to date)
    • ​​​​​​​ Mobile Canteen Feeding  -
      • ​​​​​​​Serving 800 people a day
      • Supplied over 11,000 meals, snacks & drinks (to date)​​​​​​​
    • Assisting with local temporary lodging/shelter for those who are displaced
    • Helping with local food box efforts
  • ​​​​​​​Freeport, IL:
    • ​​​​​​​Feeding 600 people a day
    • Supplied over 8,000 meals, snacks & drinks (to date)
    • Assisting with local temporary lodging/shelter for those who are displaced
    • Helping with local food box efforts
  • ​​​​​​​Ottawa/LaSalle, IL:
    • ​​​​​​​Feeding 100 people a day
    • Supplied over 1,400 meals, snacks & drinks (to date)
    • Assisting with local temporary lodging/shelter for those who are displaced
    • Helping with local food box efforts
  • Cedar Rapids:
    • Mobile Care Units provided the following services:
      • 63 Meals & 71 Drinks - Green Square Park/Library/Bus Station
      • 67 Meals & Drinks - Cedar Terrace Apartments
      • 35 Meals - Robert Schorg Manor
      • 113 Meals & Drinks - Westdale Apartments
      • 50 Meals & 144 Drinks - Ced-Rel Highway 30 West
      • 15 Meals & Drinks - 1925 Maplecrest Drive
      • 5 Hours of debris removal & clean up around Linn County
      • 113 Emotional/Spiritual Care Connections 
    • Further coordination in progress with Linn County EMA to help with removal of dead power lines in order to facilitate returning electricity to more areas.
    • Identifying vulnerable & in need populations to focus medical support 
    • Working alongside multiple agencies to establish county-wide shelters and provide them with needed supplies for those who are displaced and in need.

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Clinton, IA:

  • Coordinating with local officials & agencies to bring additional relief resources to the public

​​​​​​​Iowa City, IA:

  • ​​​​​​​Continuing to provide food & water through mobile canteen distribution 

Muscatine, IA:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Vinton, IA:​​​​​​​ 

  • Continuing to provide food & water through Mobile Canteens as well as the Belle Plaine's Feeding Site
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​These services are reaching both local citizens in need & volunteers helping with relief efforts

​​​​​​​Freeport, IL:

  • Continuing to provide feeding services & support for clean-up efforts​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Ottawa/LaSalle, IL:

These numbers represent the entire Heartland Division's services reported to date:

Illinois Operations & Relief Workby the numbers...

  • 3,000 Meals Served (hot & cold)
  • 4,500 Drinks Served (coffee, water, juice etc.)
  • 6,500 Snacks Served (donuts, chips, granola etc.)
  • 100 Social Service Cases opened and/or assisted 
  • $4,000 in Financial Assistance provided for groceries, lodging, rent/utility etc.
  • 600 Items of PPE (personal protective equipment) distributed 
  • 500 Hours of volunteer services

These numbers are representative of the EDS response across LaSalle, Stephenson & Ogle counties.

Iowa Operations & Relief Work - by the numbers...

  • 16,000 Meals Served (hot & cold)
  • 12,000 Drinks Served (coffee, water, juice etc.)
  • 5,200 Snacks Served (donuts, chips, granola etc.)
  • 100 Social Service Cases opened and/or assisted
  • $1,500 in Financial Assistance provided for groceries, lodging, rent/utility etc.
  • 1,200 Items of PPE (personal protective equipment) distributed
  • 800 items of Infant Supplies distributed 
  • 1,100 Food Boxes provided
  • 500 hygiene/comfort kits distributed 
  • 200 clean-up kits distributed 
  • 2,000 Hours of volunteer services

These numbers are representative of the EDS response across Benton, Linn & Clinton counties.


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