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Salvation Army Responds to Deadly Tornado in Moore OK

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Released 21 May 2013

1The Salvation Army is on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma with multiple canteens (mobile disaster kitchens) and personnel coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado. We continue to provide service to hard hit areas from yesterdays’ storms which include Shawnee - multiple sites, Carney area, and Cleveland County.

Meals and hydration are being provided for first responders and those affected. Major Steve Morris, Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Commander, has assessed the affected area. Major Morris states, “The devastation is far reaching both in human life, property and livestock loss. The Salvation Army is honored to serve and provide sustenance to first responders involved in search and rescue, coordination efforts and more.  And, of course, all survivors will be provided spiritual and emotional care."

Canteens involved in the response from Oklahoma include those from Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, McAlester, and Muskogee. Also, disaster response teams from Pine Bluff, Jonesboro, and Hot Springs, Arkansas will also assist in response. Personnel are also traveling to the area to form an Incident Command Team, which helps coordinate the overall response for The Salvation Army.

Two Salvation Army officers from the DFW Metroplex are headed to Oklahoma today to join a spiritual and emotional care team. The officers, who normally serve at Salvation Army centers in Plano and in Fort Worth, will help people deal with the complicated process of sorting out what has happened to them.

Salvation Army disaster vehicles from North Texas are on standby for deployment. This includes a 53-foot mobile kitchen that can serve up to 15,000 meals a day, and a 30-foot mobile kitchen.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

• Donors are encouraged to give online HERE or by calling
   1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

• People can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation, confirming
   their gift with the word “Yes.”

• $100 provides snacks and drinks for 100 people

• $10 feeds a disaster survivor for one day

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