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Released 11 May 2010

Oklahoma City, OK:  The Salvation Army is responding to the tornadoes that have traveled from North Central Oklahoma to Central and South Central portions of the state.  Currently, four fatalities have been reported in Central Oklahoma with 57 injuries.  Close to 37,000 homes are currently without power, throughout 12 counties.  Local authorities are assessing damage and conducting searches for survivors at this time.  Searches are expected to continue through the night.


Currently the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is involved in the following:

Ø  The Salvation Army was involved in a media briefing on all local Oklahoma news channels at the Incident Command located at I-240 and Anderson Road.

Ø  The Central Oklahoma Area Command (COAC) mobile feeding unit (canteen) is at the above mentioned Incident Command serving first responders and others.   They have a team of at least five people led by Major Dan Proctor, Area Commander, Oklahoma City.

Ø  The Shawnee trailer unit deployed to Tecumseh and will be deploying an emotional and spiritual care team due to fatalities.

Ø  Major John Birks, with his son and daughter, drove up and down Choctaw road and served coffee and donuts to emergency responders while helping to coordinate response efforts. He is in touch with the Arkansas/Oklahoma division to help coordinate relief and recovery efforts.

Ø  The Enid canteen is deploying to Norman to assist COAC with response efforts.

Ø  Captain Ernie Hull, Ardmore Corps Officer responded with a beverage service and snacks with emergency responders during initial search and rescue.   It appears there is no longer a need for service as damages, and search and recovery efforts were not as extensive as originally thought.


The Tulsa area canteens are on stand-by to help as daylight hours will provide more information on where and what the needs are across the state.  The McAlester unit is on stand-by to see if they need to help with Tecumseh and Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties.


Currently, the storms are headed into Southern Arkansas and North Central Arkansas so Arkansas units are also on alert.


The State of Oklahoma Emergency Operation Center has been activated and The Salvation Army is in immediate contact with their staff and WebEOC.


Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help anyone affected by the tornadoes to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Oklahoma tornadoes.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm. Undesignated donations are assigned by the zip code of the donor to the nearest Salvation Army location.


Updates will be forwarded as necessary and information allows.


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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 communities nationwide. For more information, go to



Submitted by Cindy Fuller, The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma Divisional Marketing and Public Relations Director, E-mail:

Office: (405)254-1156 Cell: (405)830-6549 Fax: (405)254-1000


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