The Salvation Army Deploys Team to Oversee Disaster Response Operations in Oklahoma, Arkansas

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 30, 2019) – The Salvation Army is busy providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to people affected by the recent flooding and tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas.  An Incident Command Team has been deployed to Tulsa, Oklahoma to oversee disaster response operations in the two states.  

Salvation Army officers and staff from Conway, Fayetteville, and Hot Springs, Arkansas as well as Chickasha, Lawton, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma have been deployed as part of the Incident Command team that will provide leadership for The Salvation Army’s disaster response.  One mobile feeding unit (canteen) from Enid, Oklahoma and a roving response unit from Oklahoma City have been deployed to Tulsa to assist with the initial community support efforts.  Each unit is equipped with staff who will provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to survivors of the catastrophic weather events.

The Salvation Army is already at work in communities who were in the path of the storms.  As of May 29, The Salvation Army has provided more than 1,800 meals, 2,700 drinks, and 600 snacks to survivors and first responders.  Shelter has been provided to almost 500 people displaced by the storms and flooding. 

“When the flood waters began to rise last week, we received a request from our emergency management partners to support our neighbors who were in the flood zone. We never wish to get the call, yet it is an honor to serve,” said Major David Robinson, Lawton Commanding Officer and Incident Commander. “We are planning ahead to be in a position to respond as quickly as possible after the waters recede.”

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice.  Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

  • 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.

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Central Oklahoma Salvation Army Responds to El Reno Tornado

Oklahoma City, OK – Over the past several weeks, severe storms have continued to wreak havoc in Oklahoma.  On Saturday evening, May 25, a tornado touched down in El Reno, Oklahoma destroying a mobile home park as well as other businesses, including two motels.  Even as response occurs, the threat of additional severe weather remains over the next couple of days.

 The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma quickly mobilized their canteen (mobile feeding unit) to offer support to first responders and survivors.  Salvation Army staff and volunteers are offering snacks, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care.

 “We are on site supporting the efforts of the first responder teams of El Reno along with those from many neighboring communities,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. “We have provided breakfast and lunch and will continue serving on site as the work continues.”

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

  • 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

We are praying for those impacted by the El Reno tornado.

 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.

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Tulsa Salvation Army Supports Green Country as Storms Move Across the Area

Tulsa, OK (May 26, 2019) Oklahoma’s weather continues to create chaos across the state.  In northeast Oklahoma, flooding has reached catastrophic proportions.  The Tulsa Metropolitan Salvation Army is involved in various relief efforts.

Sand Springs:  This past week, The Salvation Army of Sand Springs provided meals and hydration to residents of Sand Springs’ Meadow Valley subdivision as they prepared for evacuation in advance of the predicted flooding.  In addition to food and hydration, officers and volunteers provided emotional and spiritual care by praying with evacuees and offering words of hope and encouragement.

Tulsa, Oklahoma:  Salvation Army staff and volunteers are now providing meal support to evacuees who are sheltering at the Crosstown Church of Christ, 2400 E. Admiral Place.

Sapulpa, Oklahoma:  Hydration and snacks are being provided for emergency personnel in Creek County.   Early Sunday storms caused additional damage in multiple locations in the area.  Assessments and cleanup are underway.

The Salvation Army is prepared to serve evacuees once flood waters recede and it becomes safe for residents to return to their homes and neighborhoods to assess the damage while beginning the difficult task of recovery.

Major Mark Harwell says, “Helping our neighbors in need is in the DNA of Green County residents and The Salvation Army.  Sharing hope with those going through life’s most adverse circumstances is The Salvation Army’s chief mission during times like these.”

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish. 

  • 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

Volunteers are encouraged to go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org to register and find the latest information available for training.  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.

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The Salvation Army Closely Monitoring Flooding in Areas of Arkansas and Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK (May 22, 2019) The Salvation Army is closely monitoring flood conditions in parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma as rivers continue to rise from recent torrential rains. Flooding is currently ongoing, and more flooding is forecast in the upcoming days as rivers continue to rise.

“Several rivers are already at flood stage,” says Major Ben Lawrence, Divisional Secretary for The Arkansas-Oklahoma Salvation Army. “We are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to respond wherever needed.”

According to Major Lawrence, The Salvation Army is ready to quickly respond with an Incident Management Team and 19 Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) and catering trucks are on stand-by to provide meals, drinks and spiritual and emotional care to first responders and disaster survivors. The Salvation Army is working closely with local and state organizations to monitor and assess the unfolding situation and will deploy resources upon request of local and state officials.

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

  • 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

We are praying for our communities in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The Salvation Army encourages all residents in potentially vulnerable areas to review their personal safety plan.

Individual & Family Preparedness Information:

https://www.ok.gov/odot/ – Road condition information in Oklahoma

http://www.arkansashighways.com/ – Road condition information in Arkansas.

https://www.ok.gov/OEM/Programs_&_Services/Preparedness/Preparedness_-_Flooding.html – Flood Preparation

 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.

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The Salvation Army Delivering Support After Central Texas Tornadoes

Dallas, Texas (May 20, 2019) – Severe storms produced destructive tornadoes in Central Texas over the weekend, May 18-19, 2019. Neighborhoods in the cities of San Angelo and Abilene sustained significant damage and The Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers quickly mobilized to deliver assistance and support to those affected.

In Abilene, Saturday, Salvation Army staff and volunteers roamed affected neighborhoods and distributed snacks, drinks and clean up kits. “Our disaster response team deployed on Saturday morning immediately after the storm and delivered coffee and snacks while assessing the damage,” said Shelley Futrelle, Community Relations and Development Coordinator in Abilene. “We’ve been serving all weekend, checking on and praying with our neighbors and will continue to do so as long as we are needed.” The Salvation Army prepared more than 200 breakfast burritos on Sunday and over 250 meals were served at lunchtime. Meals were delivered into affected neighborhoods on foot as storm debris made it impossible for The Salvation Army mobile kitchen to navigate the streets.

“The response in our city has been a collaborative effort and The Salvation Army is grateful for the support of our committed community partners,” said Futrelle. “We appreciate the efforts of the Food Bank of Central Texas, Texas Baptist Convention, Atmos Energy, 2*1*1, Community Foundation and, of course, our volunteers.”

The Salvation Army church building in San Angelo sustained some damage on Saturday and power lines were down as a result of the storm. Severe damage was reported in one city neighborhood and The Salvation Army has been working closely with the City of San Angelo, Police and Fire Departments to provide meals, snacks and drinks based at Bradford Elementary School. “Being without power at the Corps building we canceled our church service on Sunday. Instead, members of our congregation gathered to make chicken salad sandwiches and hamburgers to serve from the mobile kitchen on Sunday,” said Major Stan Carr, Commanding Officer in San Angelo. “At the request of the city we spent today roaming the neighborhood supplying drinks and snacks to those impacted by the storm and to first responders working to remove debris and restore power.” The Salvation Army has provided 284 drinks, 361 meals and 358 snacks in San Angelo since Saturday. Staff have prayed with 26 individuals.

With additional storms forecast for the North and Central Texas area in the coming week, The Salvation Army EDS teams remain on stand-by, prepared to serve as and where needed.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s current disaster response efforts or to donate please go to www.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.

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The Salvation Army Mobilizes for Flood Assistance in Texas

Freeport, Texas

The Salvation Army Freeport Corps is responding to flooding across Brazoria County, Texas. Residents are still dealing with massive flooding after the area was drenched during last week’s storms. “The County Emergency Manager asked us to be prepared to assist and we have our teams out providing a hot meal and a word of encouragement” stated Freeport Corps Officer Captain Justin Vincent. The Freeport Corps has expanded its normal community feeding programs to include those who are able to come to the Corps for their meals along with roving canteen services in other areas of the county.  Vincent added, “We have our shelter prepared to receive additional guests that are coming to us from the affected areas. Some homes have reported as much as 5′-6′ of water”

Many of the residents are still recovering from  2016  river flooding when the Brazos River was reported at nearly 12 ft over its normal levels. “We see many weather related events across Texas this time of year and we are prepared to respond quickly when there is a need. We are in prayer for all the families that have been affected” ” stated Divisional Disaster Services Director Alvin Migues. 

For more information on The Salvation Army’s current disaster response efforts or to donate please go to www.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.

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Salvation Army Joins Partners at NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour Stop in Charlotte

Charlotte, NC – It’s not every day that you hear “Charlotte” and “hurricane” in the same sentence. It certainly was the case 30 years ago, when Hurricane Hugo devastated the Charlotte area. And, then again, last week, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Awareness Tour made one of its five stops at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The Salvation Army, represented by NSC Division and Charlotte Area Command, were on hand, alongside other emergency personnel and disaster relief agencies to talk to guests about hurricane forecasting, preparedness and disaster response.

The highlights of the Tour stop, which was popular among local school groups, weather aficionados and young families, were the hurricane hunter aircraft – the United States Air Force WC-130 and the NOAA P-3 Orion. The latter is the same aircraft that flew through Hurricane Florence last year and Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

These aircraft, and the meteorologists who work aboard them, are critical in collecting data that helps with forecasting and preparedness in advance of a storm’s landfall.

But, landfall is only the beginning of a storm’s impact. The focus of the discussion in Charlotte trended toward the next stage of the storm.

“What happens when the storm goes inland,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Charlotte Observer. “I think we’ve done a good job of educating about the coastal impacts. But the inland impacts … that’s a big issue for us.”

In the aftermath of recent storms that impacted the Carolinas, such as Hurricane Florence and Michael, The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina has witnessed firsthand this inland impact. Crews from across North and South Carolina were deployed to some of the hardest hit areas.

With its network of trained disaster staff and volunteers already on the ground when disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is ready to assist immediately to provide support (food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care) to first responders and survivors. This is important given that many areas become inaccessible due to rising floodwaters inland.

“Many people don’t realize that 83 percent of fatalities related to tropical weather systems are due to inland flooding,” Graham said. Many of those deaths occur when individuals drive into high water.

The major key to preventing fatalities during these tropical systems is educating the public about disaster preparedness and the dangers associated with flooding.

That’s what the Hurricane Awareness Tour is all about – providing an opportunity for people to learn about what goes into forecasting storms and how we can use this information to keep families safe.

And, if the unspeakable does happen, residents and first responders in those communities can trust that The Salvation Army will be there to speak hope.

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.

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The Salvation Army Helps Multiple Communities Affected by Recent Storms

May 11, 2019 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Salvation Army of Arkansas and Oklahoma is providing emergency disaster services after a series of severe storms have impacted the two states since April 30.   A State of Emergency has been declared for over 70 counties across Arkansas and Oklahoma.  Flooding is becoming an issue in many areas of both states due to the amount of rain received over the past several weeks.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

A tornado was reported in Pine Bluff on Wednesday causing major damage to an apartment complex where several residents lost everything.  The Salvation Army of Pine Bluff provided emotional and spiritual care to over 30 individuals as well as a hydration station for the responders and residents affected by the storm.   They will continue to work with community partners to identify and address further needs.   Without available lodging, Mayor Shirley Washington requested The Salvation Army’s assistance with providing shelter for 14 displaced individuals over the weekend.  

“Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the tornado, said Captain Chwight Olige, Pine Bluff Salvation Army Commanding Officer.  “We are prepared to serve meals and provide clothing vouchers and emotional and spiritual support.  We are here for the community.”

Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

The Salvation Army of Muskogee provided approximately 400 meals to survivors of storms which crossed two counties on April 30 and May 1.   The Salvation Army is participating in the MARCs (Multi-Agency Resource Centers) in Haileyville and Blue, Oklahoma.

“It was a privilege to be able to drive around the community offering a bottle of water or lemonade and provide a meal.  It was a beautiful reminder that when things get hard, you can lean on those around you to help you get through it.  Everyone was willing to help their neighbor.  It was humbling to provide a pat on the back or offer a word of prayer,” says Risa Robinson, who serves as Evangelistic Youth Outreach Director at The Salvation Army of Muskogee.          

The Salvation Army continues to work with state emergency operations in both Arkansas and Oklahoma.  This includes partners with VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) as assessments continue in the impacted areas to determine unmet needs and service opportunities.

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.  By making a cash donation, it allows The Salvation Army to purchase what is needed at the time it is needed while supporting the impacted area’s economy.  Go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to make a monetary donation.

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.

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Salvation Army Responds To Ruston Tornado With Multiple Feeding Units

Ruston, LA (April 26, 2019) — The Salvation Army has deployed three mobile feeding units to Ruston after a tornado ripped through that community yesterday morning, resulting in a considerable amount of debris from damaged commercial buildings, residential homes, and downed powerlines and trees. The city is home to Louisiana Tech which has a student population of approximately 12,000. The school experienced damage to its field house and a significant amount of debris scattered around campus.

In the aftermath of the storm, debris removal teams are in force to help bring some normalcy back to the community. The three Salvation Army mobile feeding units from Alexandria, Monroe and Shreveport will also be out in force today to provide meals, snacks and hydration to affected residents and debris removal teams. Captain Jerome “Jerry” Casey of the Monroe Corps is serving as Incident Commander and has been on the scene with the Monroe unit since early yesterday. He stated, “We’re meeting a lot of grateful people and they’re glad that we’re here. Some of them don’t understand why this happened. So we’re doing some spiritual nourishing as well as physical.” said Captain Casey. “There’s a community that’s hit, there’s a school that’s hit, there’s businesses that’s hit. So, we’re serving a lot of people in different situations,” he said.

Yesterday, The Salvation Army provided 160 meals, 160 drinks, and 250 snacks to tornado survivors in Ruston. The Salvation Army’s service to the Ruston community continues today.

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.

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Disaster Strikes Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

In the early morning hours of April 25, 2019, a tornado struck the city of Ruston, Louisiana leaving an extensive amount of debris from damaged buildings, fallen trees and downed power lines. With a population of approximately 22,000, the area is serviced by The Salvation Army Monroe Louisiana Corps. The city is also the home of Louisiana Tech which serves a student population of approximately 12,000.

In the wake of the storm, the Monroe Corps has deployed its mobile feeding unit to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the storm. Incident Commander, Captain Jerome “Jerry” Casey stated, “As we deploy the mobile feeding unit to meet immediate needs, we will also be working with the local emergency management officials to assess the needs of the community in the days to come.”

Two additional mobile feeding units and disaster relief personnel from Alexandria and Shreveport are on standby to support the Monroe Corps team, as needed. 

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.

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