Released 11 May 2010
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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:
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.
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
Ø The Shawnee trailer unit
deployed to Tecumseh and will be deploying an emotional and spiritual care team
due to fatalities.
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.
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 www.salvationarmyusa.org 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
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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Submitted by Cindy
Fuller, The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma Divisional Marketing and
Public Relations Director, E-mail: Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
(405)254-1156 Cell: (405)830-6549 Fax: (405)254-1000