Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 6, 2019) – The Salvation Army provides practical assistance after disasters, including the catastrophic flooding which has occurred in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Areas of concentration include Muskogee, Tulsa, and Waggoner counties in Oklahoma and Sebastian County in Arkansas.
Two canteens (mobile feeding units), two rapid response units (catering trucks), and a Salvation Army kitchen are involved in delivering needed meals, water, cleaning supplies, and hygiene kits to those affected by flooding. Trained personnel from Conway, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, and Mountain Home, Arkansas, as well as Chickasha, Enid, Lawton, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma are providing support and encouragement.
“Even as cresting is occurring in Arkansas, the water continues to recede in Oklahoma,” says Laurie Fried, Emergency Disaster Services Director, The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division. “We are monitoring the situation and responding in communities to which we have access.”
The Salvation Army is incredibly grateful for partners who have come forward to provide much-needed support. Webco Industries and National Charity League furnished volunteers and dÅÂÂTERRA Helping Hands Foundation presented comfort kits. Paper products were donated by Newton Wall Co., and an ice storage container and ice have been supplied by Reddy Ice. Additionally, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma has donated snacks along with supplies for meals.
The Salvation Army is working closely with emergency management officials at the local and state levels to ascertain what the needs are for emergency response.
How People Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice.
- Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
- Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
- Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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 (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.