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You can reach out and help the victims of the tornadoes that raged across the south.More than 100 reported tornadoes have devastated the South, killing as many as 248 people across six states – the worst outbreak since 1974.  The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. said it received 137 tornado reports into Wednesday night, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi. The majority of the fatalities occurred in hard-hit Alabama, with authorities recording 162 deaths from Wednesday night’s storm.

outhern Baptist volunteers are also planning to set up several feeding units, where 10,000 meals can be served at a time from just one unit. They hope to quickly send out chainsaw crews as well to all the areas which need help in removing the debris from the roads and from individual homes. Laundry, shower, communication, childcare and several other disaster relief units will also be made available. The Salvation Army announced that they too would be assisting with the disaster relief efforts in the South, mobilizing 10 feeding units and a communications unit in their Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division.

Another 22 mobile feeding units including catering trucks, mobile kitchens, and a 20,000 meal per day full service field kitchen have also been placed on standby.

Units are providing food, beverage, and spiritual support to storm victims in Tuscaloosa, Guntersville, and Lauderdale County, Ala., as well as Montpelier and Oxford, Miss. Mobile feeding units from the Kentucky-Tennessee Division are also serving victims in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tenn., and additional Salvation Army EDS feeding units are currently in route to other affected areas throughout the South.

Furthermore, Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization headed by evangelist Franklin Graham, is also deploying two Disaster Relief Units into Alabama, establishing bases in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. The organization, which partners with local churches in the affected areas, is as of yet awaiting confirmation from potential church sites to work with, according to their communications liaison, Melissa Strickland.

Tractor trailers that are fully stocked with tools, equipment and other necessary things will be available for volunteers to begin providing assistance to those in need. The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, deployed in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse also has crisis-trained chaplains on the ground in Birmingham assessing the damage.

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