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Salvation Army Responds to Deadly Tornado

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Released 10 February 2009

ARDMORE (February 11, 2009) - The Ardmore, Oklahoma Salvation Army is responding to a deadly tornado that hit Lone Grove, Oklahoma.  Lone Grove is located just seven miles west of Ardmore.  It is a small, close-knit town of approximately 4,000.

Search and rescue efforts began yesterday evening immediately following the storm; however, they were suspended until daylight due to darkness.  House-to-house search and rescue efforts resumed at daylight.  The fatality count is currently at eight and is expected to grow.  The trailer of a friend of the Ardmore Corps is gone and he is reportedly missing at this time.  He attends Bible study on Saturdays at the Corps.

The tornado made a direct hit on a trailer park with approximately 60 mobile homes, as well as damaging multiple homes and businesses.  It is just being reported that a housing addition north of Lone Gove was hit and approximately 30 - 35 homes are damaged or destroyed.

The Ardmore mobile feeding unit (canteen) served responders and others throughout the night.  Over 2,000 meals were provided along with multiple drinks and snacks.   Responders continue to come through for a hot drink or bottle of water, as well as grabbing snacks on the go.  

An additional canteen from Enid, Oklahoma has been deployed to Lone Grove.  Major James Taylor reports two canteens are en route from Sherman and Wichita Falls, Texas to help with the relief efforts in Lone Grove.  Currently, the Ardmore canteen is in a fixed location at the Lone Gove High School, 6218 Meridian Road.  As soon as the additional canteens arrive, roaming will begin to help serve those working in the field and unable to leave for hours at a time.

Captain Ernie Hull, Ardmore Corps Officer, and Alton Gardner, Arkansas-Oklahoma Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Director, are working closely with Carter County Emergency Management.  Additionally, divisional EDS staff are closely communicating with the Oklahoma Emergency Management as well as other partners involved in disaster services.

Perkins, Oklahoma:  The Kiwanis / Salvation Army canteen was deployed on Tuesday evening to Perkins, Oklahoma from the Stillwater Corps to provide drinks and snacks to approximately 2,000 electric customers without power.  Power is now restored.

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individual and families affected by the February 10 tornadoes to visit 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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