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Salvation Army Expands Emergency Disaster Services in Oklahoma

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June 01, 2013 – 1:09 PM EDT
Jennifer Dodd
[email protected]
(405) 613-9698

Moore, OK (June 1, 2013 9:00 a.m.) – May 31, 2013, brought intense storms with flooding and multiple tornadoes to already physically damaged and emotionally battered communities around Oklahoma City.

Learning of the loss of nine additional lives and the injuries to dozens of others, Major Tom Louden, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Incident Commander, said, “The Salvation Army shares in the grief for the loss that our community has experienced. We are praying for God’s comfort and that he will use us as his instrument of love and compassion.”

The Salvation Army has been on the ground in Moore, Shawnee, Little Axe, and surrounding communities, meeting physical needs and providing emotional and spiritual support to survivors, since the May 19 and 20 tornadoes that devastated several communities around the Oklahoma City area. After last night’s tornadoes, Major Louden announced that The Salvation Army will be expanding Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) to encompass the newly affected areas, including the hardest hit community of El Reno.

The Salvation Army was closely monitoring weather forecasts and conditions through the week, modifying services as necessary to protect the safety of our staff, officers, volunteers, and those we serve. Because all Salvation Army EDS staff, officers, and volunteers were alerted to secure all equipment and seek safe shelter from the storm, no Salvation Army facilities or vehicles were damaged.

As of 9:00 this morning The Salvation Army has already mobilized additional personnel and resources to support tornado survivors, Search and Rescue crews, and other emergency response personnel in the storm-ravaged areas. Additional feeding crews, canteens (mobile feeding units), and Emotional & Spiritual Care counselors have been mobilized to provide food, hydration, and counseling.

Today The Salvation Army’s EDS force is some 250 strong on the ground, with 150 volunteers and 100 Salvation Army officers and staff, and committed to meeting the needs of the communities affected by these tornadoes, both in the short and the long term: “The Salvation Army was part of these communities before these tornadoes,” Major Louden said, “we will serve our neighbors through this time of need, and we will remain here long after these storms have passed.

Responses to storms like these last many months after the tragedy and can only happen through the goodwill of the public. We are asking people to support us in this effort by texting STORM to 80888 or calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

FOR UPDATES:
Major Tom Louden, The Salvation Army’s EDS Incident Commander is on the ground in Oklahoma City and can speak via phone, Skype, or on camera to what The Salvation Army has done to date and plans to do moving forward. To arrange an interview, contact EDSPublic Information Officer Jennifer Dodd at 405-613-9698 or [email protected]

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

• disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org
• www.salvationarmyaok.org
• Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org
• www.salvationarmytoday.org
• www.youtube.com/salarmyeds
• http://salvationarmytoday.org

Since May 19, 2013 The Salvation Army has provided 41,781 meals, 56,046 drinks, and 43,185 snacks, 23 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 1,080 Clean Up and 1,664 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 5,560 persons. More than 9,322 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

UPDATES BY LOCATION
The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for Oklahoma tornado survivors indefinitely.

Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Canadian County (El Reno), Cleveland County (Little Axe), Lincoln County (Carney), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area) and Moore.
• Overall, The Salvation Army is providing food, hydration, emotional and spiritual counseling, and other items including:

  • Clean-up Supplies
  • Hygiene Products
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

MARCs (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)
Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
The Salvation Army is providing:
• Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
• Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

Lincoln County:
Carney:
Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
304 S. Carney Road
Carney, OK

Pottawatomie County:
Shawnee:
Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
Shawnee, OK
I-40 and Highway 18

Cleveland County:
Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
2000 168th Avenue NE
Norman, OK (Highway 9 and 168th)

Moore: Westmoore High School
12613 S. Western Ave.
Moore, OK

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
Cleveland County: Revival of Christ Church
Distribution begins at 9:00 a.m.
1005 SW 4th Street
Moore, OK

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
Distribution 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS
Canteen located at Revival of Christ Church, 1005 SW 4th Street, Moore.
Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
Little Axe Elementary at 2000 168th Avenue NE, Norman (Highway 9 and 168th).
Chick-fil-A‘s truck will be roaming affected neighborhoods in Moore all day offering drinks and sandwiches.

NATIONALLY:
• The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
• There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
• These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
• In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up Kits (containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies)
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

DONATIONS:
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling
1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks may be made out to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
PO BOX 2536
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

In-Kind:
• Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at [email protected] or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
• Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

VOLUNTEERS:
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• www.ServeMoore.com or by calling 866-484-3500. It is a coordinated volunteer effort.


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Are You Ready For Hurricane Season?

Are You Ready For Hurricane Season?

Information for this article courtesy of the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

What is a Hurricane?

A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, which is a generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. The cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms and, in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.

When are Hurricanes most likely to occur?

Different areas of the world have different times when tropical cyclones are most likely to form. These periods are called Hurricane Seasons:

  • Atlantic and Caribbean: June 1 to November 30 with peak season mid-August to late October.
  • Central Pacific (Hawaii): June 1 to November 30 with peak season from July to September.
  • East Pacific: May 15 to November 30
  • Western North Pacific: Tropical cyclones can strike year round

Different Types of Tropical Cyclones

Tropical cyclones are classified as follows:

  • Tropical Depression. An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds* of 38 mph or less
  • Tropical Storm. An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph (34-63 kt)
  • Hurricane. An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 kt) or higher

Hurricanes are also categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative terms, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular hazards they bring. In fact, tropical storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to flooding.

Hurricane Names

When the winds from a tropical cyclone reaches 39 mph (34 kts), the cyclones are given names. Years ago, an international committee developed names for Atlantic cyclones (The History of Naming Hurricanes). In 1979 a six year rotating list of Atlantic storm names was adopted — alternating between male and female hurricane names. Storm names are used to facilitate geographic referencing, for warning services, for legal issues, and to reduce confusion when two or more tropical cyclones occur at the same time. Through a vote of the World Meteorological Organization Region IV Subcommittee, Atlantic cyclone names are retired usually when hurricanes result in substantial damage or death or for other special circumstances.

Hurricane Hazards

Storm Surge/Tide

Storm surge and large waves produced by hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast.  Storm Surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. Storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline. 

In the northern hemisphere, the highest surge values typically occur in the right front quadrant of a hurricane coincident with onshore flow; in the southern hemisphere, the left front quadrant. More intense and larger hurricanes produce higher surge. In addition, shallower offshore waters contribute to higher storm surge inundation.  Storm surge is by far the greatest threat to life and property along the immediate coast.

Storm Tide is the water level rise during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide.  For example, if a hurricane moves ashore at a high tide of 2 feet, a 15 foot surge would be added to the high tide, creating a storm tide of 17 feet. The combination of high winds and storm tide topped with battering waves can be deadly and cause tremendous property damage along an area of coastline hundreds of miles wide.

The destructive power of storm surge and large battering waves can result in loss of life, buildings destroyed, beach and dune erosion and road and bridge damage along the coast. Storm surge can travel several miles inland. In estuaries and bayous, salt water intrusion endangers public health and the environment.

Winds

Hurricane-force winds, 74 mph or more, can destroy buildings and mobile homes. Debris, such as signs, roofing material, siding and small items left outside become flying missiles during hurricanes. Winds can stay above hurricane strength well inland. In 2004, Hurricane Charley made landfall at Punta Gorda on the southwest Florida coast and produced major damage well inland across central Florida with gusts of more than 100 mph.

Tropical cyclones can also produce dangerous tornadoes.  It is not unusual for tornado watches to be issued as a storm makes landfall and these can continue well after the storm moves inland.  Listen for tornado warnings and take cover as directed.

Rainfall

Tropical cyclones often produce widespread, torrential rains in excess of 6 inches, which may result in deadly and destructive floods. In fact, flooding is the major threat from tropical cyclones for people living inland.

Flash flooding, defined as a rapid rise in water levels, can occur quickly due to intense rainfall. Longer term flooding on rivers and streams can persist for several days after the storm.

Rainfall amounts are not directly related to the strength of tropical cyclones but rather to the speed and size of the storm, as well as the geography of the area. Slower moving and larger storms produce more rainfall. In addition, mountainous terrain enhances rainfall from a tropical cyclone.

Rip Currents

Even if a tropical cyclone stays well offshore, it can still be dangerous.  The strong winds of a tropical cyclone can cause dangerous waves that pose a significant hazard to mariners and coastal residents and visitors. When the waves break along the coast, they can produce deadly rip currents—even at large distances from the storm.

Rip currents are channeled currents of water flowing away from shore, usually extending past the line of breaking waves that can pull even the strongest swimmers away from shore.  In 2008, despite the fact that Hurricane Bertha was more than a 1,000 miles offshore, the storm resulted in rip currents that killed three people along the New Jersey coast and required 1,500 lifeguard rescues in Ocean City, Maryland, over a 1 week period.  In 2009, all six deaths in the United States directly attributable to tropical cyclones occurred as the result of drowning from large waves or strong rip currents.

Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • Determine safe evacuation routes inland.
  • Learn locations of official shelters.
  • Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones and your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver.
  • Buy food that will keep and store drinking water.
  • Review your insurance policy.
  • Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • If you have pets, include them in your preparedness plan.  Look for pet-friendly hotels or shelters on your evacuation route.

Build An Emergency Kit

An Emergency Supplies Kit Should include:

  • At least a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)
  • At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • At least, one change of clothing and shoes per person
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery-powered NWR and a portable radio
  • Flashlight, extra batteries
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Credit card and cash
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines
  • Pet supplies, including carrier, leash, food, tags and licenses

During a Hurricane

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Moor your boat if time permits.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
  • If you feel you are in danger.

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

After the Storm

  • Keep listening to radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for updated information.
  • Wait until an area is declared safe before entering.  If you have evacuated, be patient.  
  • Wait until local authorities have ensured the area is safe for reentry before you try to return home.
  • Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, Turn Around Don’t Drown!
  • Stay on firm, dry ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
  • Standing water may be electrically charged from power lines.
  • If using a generator, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Avoid weakened bridges and washed out roads.
  • Once home, check gas, water and electrical and appliances for damage.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect damage. Never use candles and other open flames indoors.
  • Wear proper shoes to prevent cutting feet on sharp debris.
  • Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until officials say it is safe.
  • Avoid electrocution by not walking in areas with downed power poles or standing water.

Know These Key Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a hurricane hazard:

Tropical Depression. An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 MPH (33 knots) or less. Sustained winds are defined as one-minute average wind measured at about 33 ft (10 meters) above the surface.

Tropical Storm. An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39–73 MPH (34–63 knots).

Hurricane. An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 MPH (64 knots) or higher.

Storm Surge. A dome of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges can reach 25 feet high and be 50–1000 miles wide.

Storm Tide. A combination of storm surge and the normal tide (i.e., a 15-foot storm surge combined with a 2-foot normal high tide over the mean sea level created a 17-foot storm tide).

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch. Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning. Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are expected in the specified area, usually within 24 hours.

Short Term Watches and Warnings. These warnings provide detailed information about specific hurricane threats, such as flash floods and tornadoes.

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Salvation Army Responds to Continuing Forecasts for Severe Weather in OK

May 31, 2013 – 12:32 PM EDT
Jennifer Dodd
[email protected]
(405) 613-9698

Salvation Army Responds to Continuing Forecasts for Severe Weather in OK

Moore, OK (May 30, 2013) — The Salvation Army’s tornado recovery effort continues in Oklahoma. With a third day of severe weather forecast for a widespread area around Oklahoma City this evening, the Emergency Disaster Services team is closely monitoring weather conditions and making plans for today’s feeding, distribution, and emotional and spiritual care operations.

Because safety is our top priority for all EDS personnel as well as the Oklahomans we serve, The Salvation Army continues to follow specific safety guidelines for all ongoing Salvation Army tornado response operations, which include instructions for all EDS staff to monitor weather radio for updates on ongoing weather threats and if severe weather moves into the area to seek shelter immediately at the closest designated safe facility.

A dozen weather radios have been distributed to EDS personnel at the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads distribution center and in each of our canteens (mobile kitchen).

For the safety of the public and EDS personnel, The Salvation Army is making the following modification to today’s services:

• The Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (Distribution Center/Warehouse) will close for distribution at 4:00 p.m. today (5/31).

• All Salvation Army Fixed and Roving Feedings will be available today until 4:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army will continue to monitor the weather each day and make any necessary modifications to services, locations, and personnel that may be necessary for public and personnel safety.

Daily updates will be issued as necessary.

Since Sunday, May 19, The Salvation Army has provided 40,146 meals, 56,046 drinks, and 43,185 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 1,052 Clean Up and 1,472 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 5,121 persons since Sunday, May 19. Nearly 9,080 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

For the most recent, detailed information, visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For those who would like to give to The Salvation Army, please consider a monetary donation. It is easy to give to The Salvation Army:
• By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
• Online at www.salvationarmyusa.org
• By mail: The Salvation Army – Disaster Relief P.O. BOX 2536 Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Used clothing and used furnishings are not needed for disaster relief.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing to your local Salvation Army Family Store.


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Fast Facts May 26, 2013 – Oklahoma May Tornadoes

May 26, 2013 – 7:50 PM EDT
Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller
[email protected]
(405) 254-1156

May 26, 2013 7:00 PM (Moore, OK) The Salvation Army continues emergency disaster response to survivors of the tornado outbreak that occurred May 19 and May 20. Eighteen (18) canteens have been deployed in response to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care. Canteens from Arkansas and Oklahoma from the following communities are involved:  Ardmore, Bartlesville, El Dorado, Enid, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Lawton, McAlester, Mountain Home, Muskogee, Northwest Arkansas, Oklahoma City, Pine Bluff, Ponca City, Shawnee, and Tulsa.  In addition, the Texas-Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International donated a canteen a few years ago and that is being deployed along with a group of Kiwanians.

Salvation Army disaster response personnel from around the country have been mobilized to respond to this event.  In addition to Arkansas and Oklahoma, personnel have been mobilized from ten (10) states:  AL, AR, FL, GA, KS, LA, MA, MS, PA, TX and the District of Columbia.  The personnel include volunteers, employees, and Salvation Army officers trained in disaster response.   The Salvation Army has set up an incident command team from personnel in AR, OK and TX.  A new team arrives tomorrow from Florida to relieve local disaster personnel who have been on the ground since the first onslaught of tornadoes on Sunday.

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:
• disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org
• www.salvationarmyaok.org
• Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org
• www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK
• www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS
• www.Facebook.com/SalArmyAOK

UPDATES BY LOCATION
The Salvation Army continues to provide relief services for tornado survivors and will continue to do so indefinitely.  Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Cleveland County (Little Axe), Lincoln County (Carney), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area) and Moore.
• Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:

  • Clean-up Supplies
  • Hygiene products
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to tornado survivors
  • Vouchers to tornado survivors to Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing

• As of May 25, 2013 The Salvation Army has provided 19,677 meals, 29,589 drinks, 19,432 snacks, and prayed with 2,232 persons since Sunday, May 19. Close to 5,000 man-hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

MARCS   (Multi-Agency Resource Center)
Hours:  Doors Open 9:00 AM
The Salvation Army is providing:
• Financial Assistance to tornado survivors
• Vouchers to tornado survivors to Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing
Lincoln County:
Carney: Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
304 S. Carney Road
Carney, OK
Pottawatomie County:
Shawnee: Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
Shawnee, OK
I-40 and Highway 18
Cleveland County:
Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
2000 168th avenue NE
Norman, OK
Highway 9 and 168th
West Moore: West Moore High School
12613 South Western
Moore, OK
Entrance – SE Side

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
Cleveland County:
Distribution begins at 9:00 AM
Revival of Christ Church
1005 SW 4th Street
Moore, OK
Plaza Mayor At The Crossroads:
Distribution 9:0 AM until 6:00 PM
7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance.  Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.  Enter through the double doors and look for signage.

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS:
Papa John’s Pizza located at Revival of Christ Church, 1005 SW 4th Street, Moore – Served 1,200 meals served on Saturday, May 25!
Canteen located at Revival of Christ Church, 1005 SW 4th Street, Moore
Home Depot, 650 SW 19th Street, Moore


NATIONALLY:
• The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
• There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
• These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
• In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene kits
  • Household goods
  • Financial assistance to tornado survivors
  • Vouchers to tornado survivors to Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing

DONATIONS
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks may be made out to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
PO BOX 2536
Oklahoma City, OK  73012.
Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.
In-Kind:
• Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at [email protected] or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
• Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

VOLUNTEERS:
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• www.ServeMoore.com  or by calling 866-484-3500.  It is a coordinated volunteer effort.

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Papa John’s Pizza Delivers Help to Survivors in Moore

One week into relief efforts following tornado activity in Oklahoma on May 19th, and a devastating EF5 tornado in Moore, OK on May 20th, The Salvation Army has provided 19,578 meals, 30,043 drinks, 19,414 snacks, and prayed with 2,564 persons. More than 4,200 man-hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers to support survivors, as well as emergency responders. These numbers are expected to grow over the next several months as families and individuals rebuild, and as others come together to help The Salvation Army meet the need.
For example, Papa John’s, a partnering organization with The Salvation Army, is helping people on the ground while also giving the American public an opportunity to help. In response to the storm, Papa John’s sent a mobile kitchen to Moore to help provide hot pizzas to people who lost their homes. Through the Papa John’s pizza kitchen, the organization has made and delivered more than 1,200 pizzas.
Papa John’s is also facilitating a “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today, May 26th. All day, $1 from every order, big or small, from Papa John’s will be donated to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Oklahoma.
To help The Salvation Army and Papa John’s support recovery efforts, you can visit www.PapaJohns.com to order your own pizza and contribute to the “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today – every dollar helps.

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Salvation Army Disaster Response Recalled From Decades Past

May 26, 2013 – 1:22 PM EDTChristopher Priest[email protected]

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Salvation Army Disaster Response Recalled From Decades Past

In May 1975 a devastating tornado changed the lives of Carol and her family. The Salvation Army were soon on the scene, and in fact had parked the canteen on Carol’s parents driveway (see photo). Carol recalls that she remembers the tornado changed everything for her as an eleven year old kid. During this time of uncertainty she can remember getting all of her meals, drinking water, milk (and candy!) from The Salvation Army.

Today Carol is saying “I cannot thank The Salvation Army enough; you were there every day during the clean up, and at times were the only reliable source for help, food and information.”
Carol has recently made a monetary donation to the Oklahoma Tornado Relief, enabling The Salvation Army to provide sustenance, emotional and Spiritual care to those affected.
You are invited to do the same.

McAlester Oklahoma Canteen Provides Community Care After Tornadoes

May 24, 2013 – 8:26 PM EDT
Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller
[email protected]

McAlester Oklahoma Canteen Provides Community Care After Tornadoes

Moore, OK (May 24, 2013) – It was a humid Wednesday evening as the McAlester, Oklahoma canteen roamed the streets of Moore, Oklahoma. Hot barbeque sandwiches and cold beverages were being served from the window of the truck, as volunteers walked the streets, searching for people who looked like they were in need of hydration.

In the neighborhood where the canteen slowly rolled forward, there is a house that is standing on the edge of total destruction. Its roof’s shingles have been destroyed, windows are shattered, small craters in the brick can be seen from the driveway, but the house is still standing. Inside is a woman who has not left since the storms rolled through Moore on Monday. Because she has terminal cancer and her mobility is limited, she has chosen to stay inside of her home.

This woman was brought to the attention of Sargent Rob Daniels, via a concerned neighbor who knew of the situation. Immediately, Sargent Daniels stopped the canteen in front of her house, and approached the woman. Seconds turned into minutes, and minutes turned into hours as the woman recounted story after story of her survival.

So often during disaster, the image of The Salvation Army is a box of warm food in a Styrofoam box being delivered to an affected family, but The Salvation Army finds so much more depth in the delivery of a product. We find hope in hopeless situations. We find strength in the fragile. We find opportunities to spread the power that is the gospel of Jesus Christ to the very people he came to save.

It is easy to give to The Salvation Army:
• By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
• Online at www.salvationarmyusa.org
• By mail: The Salvation Army – Disaster Relief P.O. BOX 2536 Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Used clothing and used furnishings are not needed for disaster relief.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing to your local Salvation Army Family Store.

Disaster Services Continues In Oklahoma

Post courtesy of Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller, Public Relations for The Salvation Army Arkansas & Oklahoma Division.

Despite thunderstorms and threat of severe weather, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams have worked diligently since the early hours of Sunday evening to provide support to first responders and those impacted in the Shawnee, Carney and Little Axe area as well as Moore, Oklahoma.

Now that the all persons have been accounted for in the destruction areas, families and individuals are being allowed back into their neighborhoods. As this occurs, The Salvation Army is ramping up its operations on the ground. Twelve Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from various locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma are roaming in the Shawnee and Moore devastation areas.

As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army provided 4,684 hot and cold meals, 7,752 drinks and 3,188 snacks. This assistance will continue for the foreseeable future as The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the residents of this community as they return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.

In addition to providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also securing warehousing and staging areas as they prepare to increase operations to serve all those affected by the tornadoes.

Monetary donations continue to be the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. The Salvation Army is unable to accept in kind donations at this time. By far the most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in Oklahoma, is by making a financial contribution:

• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 2536, OKC, OK 73102
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
Text “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation on your smartphone.

If you would like to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to donate. For other ways to give, click here.

Pillars of Strength Among the Rubble

Pillars of Strength Among the Rubble

Moore, OK (May 23, 2013) – In the midst of horrific tragedy, stories of survival, strength and compassion are emerging. The Salvation Army is on the grounds, amongst the chaotic pile of rubble that once were homes and schools. There is no doubt, mourning is taking place in staggering numbers on the streets of Moore, Oklahoma tonight. The Salvation Army, known for its on-site food and hydration services, is quietly serving those who have been deeply affected by the storms with a team of trained stress management persons.

About two hours after the tornado hit, Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander, was checking on The Salvation Army’s local church members. Upon entering the disaster site, he remembered that a soldier of the Oklahoma City Corps lived in the affected area. Concerned, he made his way to their residence to check on their health and welfare. Upon knowing all were okay, he prayed.

On Wednesday, Emotional and Spiritual Care teams had the opportunity to pray with 604 individuals while making contact with many others. Providing hope and compassion, be it a bottle of water and encouraging smile, or simply an open ear to hear stories of survival, The Salvation Army is a pillar of strength for those whose walls have literally crumbled around them.

Even while volunteers, employees and officers are on the ground in Oklahoma helping both those who are responding and those affected, The Salvation Army leadership is in prayer for all. International Leader of The Salvation Army, General Linda Bond sent the following note to share with her teams in Oklahoma:

“You will know that the Army world will be praying tomorrow, and of course, the people of Moore, Oklahoma will be placed before our Salvationists for prayer. How grateful I am to Salvationists who immediately moved into action and will continue to give the kind of practical service that resonates with the heart of Jesus. We are honoured to be linked with your people. God bless you richly.”