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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Salvation Army
continues to provide meals and assistance to hundreds still without power in
central Arkansas due to the ice storm that occurred on January 26 and 27. As
of yesterday evening, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management website
is reporting close to 27,000 are still without power. Some residences have
been told it might be the end of February to the first of March before power is
restored. 35 municipalities are still under "Boil Orders." The human impact
in Arkansas has been tragic with 19 deaths now being attributed to the ice
• Northwest Arkansas: Through Sunday, 13, 217
meals, 27,447 drinks, and 11,605 snacks have been served. Over 800 have been
provided lodging and showers. Additionally, several blankets, 3,380 comfort
kits and many infant supplies have been provided to those affected by the
storm. The Northwest Arkansas Area Command continues to deliver bottled water
and boxed meals to numerous sites. Close to 7,000 hours have been put in by
officers, employees, and volunteers.
Home, AR: The Salvation Army of Mountain Home, Arkansas continues to
serve hot meal at the Corps location. Due to a request from Arkansas
Emergency Management, an additional canteen arrived last week from Central
Arkansas Area Command to assist in Izard County. On Saturday, pallets of
water and food boxes arrived for distribution. Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's)
continue to be handed out as well.
Officers, employees and volunteers
have served over 15,000 meals, over 13,000 drinks and close to 5,000 snacks.
Hundreds of comfort kits, infant supplies, cases of water, and blankets have
been provided to those affected by the ice storm. Since January 30, officers,
employees and volunteers have provided 3,319 hours to help those in need.
Major Jeff Daniel, Mountain Home Corps Officer expects to continue providing
hot meals at the Corps for quite some time to meet the need as outlying areas
continue to wait for power to be restored.
Jonesboro, AR: A truck load of food boxes was delivered to
Jonesboro this past Saturday as well as a load of water. As individuals come
to the Corps for assistance, supplies are being distributed as needed.
• Service Units: The Salvation Army helped
coordinate the delivery of two truckloads of water and one truckload of MREs to
Stillwell, Oklahoma. These supplies are being split between Adair, Cherokee,
and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma. Additionally, the Army helped coordinate
with the Cherokee Nation to pick-up additional MREs from the Regional Food Bank
in Oklahoma City for distribution.
The Salvation Army continues to work with Emergency Management in both
Arkansas and Oklahoma to ensure the needs of the thousands impacted by the
storm are met.
Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation
Army asks those who want to help the individual and families affected by the
Ice Storm of January 2009 to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and
designate Arkansas and Oklahoma Ice Storms. Monetary donations will ensure The
Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the
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About the Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an
evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those
in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to
support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more
information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Cindy Fuller, The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma
Divisional Marketing and Public Relations Director,
Cell: (405)830-6549 Fax: (405)254-1000