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OKLAHOMA FEELS WRATH OF TORNADO ACTIVITY

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Released 11 February 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 10, 2009) - The Salvation Army is responding to a slew of tornadoes that have hit the State of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City: The Oklahoma City Area Command deployed to Northwest Oklahoma City where a tornado hit a heavily populated area of businesses and apartments. The extremely busy highway was shut down for several hours due to heavy damage and debris scattered throughout the area. The Enid mobile feeding unit (Canteen) was also deployed to ensure services were provided to both sides of the closed highway.
Edmond: In Edmond, a tornado touched down in two areas; the neighborhood of Oak Tree where six homes were destroyed and north of Edmond where it destroyed several barns and outbuildings.
Lone Grove: In Lone Grove, immediately west of Ardmore, the entire city apparently sustained heavy damage and assessments are ongoing. Thus far, three fatalities and up to 50 injuries are reported. A house-to-house search and rescue operation is currently underway. Captain Ernie Hull, Ardmore Oklahoma Corps Officer, was called by Carter County Emergency Management to respond. The canteen is providing meals and drinks to responders as well as emotional and spiritual care.

The National Weather Service is reporting confirmation of tornado touchdowns in Pawnee, Lone Grove, and Edmond, Oklahoma. Golf ball to baseball hail has been reported from multiple locations. Currently, 29,000 electric customers are reported to be without power. This is in addition to the nearly 2,000 electric customers in Oklahoma and 27,000 electric customers in Arkansas still without power due to the January 26, 2009, ice storm.

The Salvation Army is working very closely with local and state Emergency Management to ensure the needs of those impacted are met. Further information will be sent as soon as we have additional information.

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help those families affected by the February 10 tornadoes to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate AOK Division February tornadoes. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.

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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.

Submitted by
Cindy Fuller, The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma Divisional Marketing and Public Relations Director,
Office: (405)254-1156 Cell: (405)830-6549 Fax: (405)254-1000
E-mail: Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org

 


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