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The Salvation Army Transitions to Emergency Relief to Recovery Efforts

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Released 18 May 2010

May 17, 2010 (Oklahoma City, OK) – In the aftermath of last Monday’s tornadoes, The Salvation Army provided meal service, hydration and emotional and spiritual care beginning immediately after the storms passed through even as search and rescue began.  Electricity has now been restored to those who have homes available to receive it so the Army’s services are transitioning from immediate emergency needs to recovery services.

 

From Monday evening, May 11 through Saturday, May 15, The Salvation Army served over 3,700 meals and 8,000 snacks with close to 100 volunteers serving 567 hours.   Additional items provided included ice chests, bags of ice, showers, cases of water, and more.  Major Dan Proctor reports that the Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen will return to the Prairie Creek Trailer Park in Slaughterville area next Saturday to provide service to the multitude of persons scheduled to be helping with clean-up.

 

Currently disaster recovery centers (DRC) are being operated by several agencies and The Salvation Army is represented; however, most of the case management will be provided through the local Salvation Army office or Thrift Stores.    DRCs are located in Little Axe, the Harrah Church, Tecumseh City Hall, and Prairie Creek Mobile Home Park. 

 

Recovery Assistance is limited to residents of the declared areas affected by the Monday tornadoes. Applicants are asked to bring proof of residence and social security numbers for all residing in their household.

 

Financial donations continue to be needed to support relief efforts.  Texting is now available to help tornado victims.  Text "STORM" to 9-0-9-9-9 to make a $10 donation to Salvation Army's Tornado Relief Efforts."  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individual and families 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.

 

Updates will be forwarded as necessary and information allows.

 

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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 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

 

CONTACT: Cindy Fuller, The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma Divisional Marketing and Public Relations Director, E-mail: Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org

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

 


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