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Weathering a Wild Winter

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Cots await guests at the 24-hour Warming Center in Sullivan, Indiana during January’s record cold temperatures.

The tornadoes that swept across the Midwest in November were just the beginning of the wild weather that Indiana has experienced over the last two months. With more below zero temperatures ahead and a stream of broken weather records behind us, many Hoosiers are ready for an early spring.

The Salvation Army is a unique organization, one that addresses physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people during both personal crises and large-scale disasters. When an organization devotes itself to the idea of “doing the most good,” there is no such thing as a day off. The recent string of extreme weather has highlighted just how important the disaster response, social services and volunteer arms of The Salvation Army are when entire communities are affected by the unexpected.

Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) stepped up to the plate after November’s tornadoes, heading to communities like Washington, Lafayette and Kokomo to provide for immediate needs like food, hydration and shelter and long-term needs like social assistance. Donations earmarked for disaster relief went straight toward Walmart gift cards to replace lost food, stocking the canteens that fed emergency workers and volunteers, and tarps to prevent water damage to homes with significant roof damage.

December brought with it another round of extreme weather, including flooding that affected many communities in southern Indiana. Once again The Salvation Army mustered its volunteers and resources to get families into shelters and motels and start the recovery process in flooded neighborhoods. The early winter also resulted in increased utility assistance needs in communities across the state.

Then January hit, and the temperatures plummeted to record lows right after a snowstorm dumped up to a foot of snow in much of the state. With wide-spread power outages and high temperatures that stayed below zero, Salvation Army Corps Community Centers across the state opened as Warming Centers. Those that could handle overnight guests stayed open 24 hours through the worst of this Arctic blast, while Service Extension Units in areas without Corps teamed up with local churches and authorities to provide supplies and volunteers at their own local Warming Centers.

As we look toward February, it’s tempting to ask ourselves, “What else could possibly happen?” It’s nice to know that no matter what the remainder of this winter throws at us, The Salvation Army will be right here, ready to serve and doing the most good.

One comment

  1. Hello I write to ask you something how can I really email you back in the state of Indiana I got an email asking me for my zip code so that you could get me hopefully to the right people to help me I freeze in my home every winter as I have told you in an email and I can’t even afford to get the Meds I need that I have to take for the rest of my life or I could die ! This is what the doctors have told us ! & the way that I am feeling today it scares me I am not ready to die yet ! Not like they told us that can happen because I can’t get the vitamins and minerals that I have to that for the rest of my life and the protein powder that I have to take for the rest of my life . Any way I can’t even get the right size shoes to ware on my feet I can’t even get any clothing I have no way to get anything really at all I hate to have to ask for help but I don’t know what to do any more I tried to get the help that I was told I would get but still have not gotten any help really OVO that does the weather winterize my he did not do anything to make it warm In my home at all in fact they broke the craw space door the first time that they came to my he the second time that they came to my home they broke the dram to that craw space door so not only do I have cold cold air coming through the walls now it comes under the house which is not good for it can cause mold and mildew after they broke that my disabled veteran father had a massive stroke and died I not only think that it was his health but it has a lot to do with freezing in our home ! ! When he was on his death bed I went from the V.a. Hospital to check the mail & my home I find that after the storm then we had Henryville,In. tornado I find that I have to replace all 9 windows in my home being disabled with a spinal cord injury and falling a lot lately does not help me any at all . I also have witnesses to all of this anyway someone sent me an email asking for my zip code and my zip ode is as follows 47270 all that I know is that I need help and don’t know what to do anymore I am scared please I hen of you for your help pretty please I also would like for you to know that what ever help you give to me I’m thankful for May god bless you all thank you kindly please reply soon if you would be so kind to do so thank you kindly penny

    P.s. For some reason I can’t email back or I should say for some resin I can’t reply back to that email that was asking me to send you my zip code so that you could get the right people to help me . I have tried all day to day to reply back and it would not let me reply back to you all that I get is a return email saying it is undeliverable so I so pray that this mail that I am sending today at this time does get to the same people or person that emailed me . I really really do thank you for any and all help that you can give to me I thank you very much may god bless you all looking forward to hearing from someone and or the nice person that sent me the email thanks my zip code is again47270 will you send me a phone number to call you pretty please I have to barrow my friends computer to even send you this emails and call you because I have no phone of my own really at all cell phone from sprint does not work at my home at all so I can’t use one of them it will not let me call out or get calls in I can’t or I couldn’t even call911 to get help at all and it use to be my daddy’s phone and now that he is gone from me I have no way to call for help or get help and lately I have been falling and getting dizzy like anyway if you can send me a phone number and a name of who to call & speak with that would be kind & nice of you thanks again for everything you can help me with

    Yours truly

    Penny m reply back to mysterylady721@gmail.com

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