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May 19, 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Salvation Army of Arkansas and
Oklahoma is becoming active in disaster response to several areas as a
result of weather related events. A strong storm system crossed
Oklahoma this afternoon that developed multiple thunderstorms and
tornadoes across the State of Oklahoma.
The Central Oklahoma Area Command
mobile feeding unit (canteen) as well
as the Shawnee Catering truck has been dispatched to support search,
rescue and recovery efforts near Shawnee, where multiple sites were
affected by tornadoes. This evening, dinner and snacks will be provided
to responders as well as storm survivors. Beginning in the morning,
Monday, May 20, the McAlester canteen will assist Shawnee with service
all day in the Shawnee area.
Additionally, the Enid canteen is being deployed to the
Carney area to
provide dinner and snacks this evening as well as providing services all
day on Monday, May 20.
Upon arrival of the McAlester canteen to the Shawnee
area on Monday
morning, the Central Oklahoma Area Command's canteen will move to the
Norman area for service to first responders and those affected by the
tornadoes that hit in the area earlier today.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of
the universal Christian
church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His
name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. 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. 82 cents
of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000
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