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.
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.