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Oklahoma City, OK – The
Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army is responding to multiple
areas where tornadoes touched down on May 10. A series of ten tornadoes crossed
the state and meteorologists believe they were all part of one big super
cell. Five fatalities have now been
confirmed and search and rescue efforts continue. A second search is being conducted of the 49
square mile area hard hit in rural Oklahoma County. Governor Brad Henry has declared a State of Emergency to exist in 56 Oklahoma counties due to
tornadoes and severe storms that ripped through the state yesterday.
Currently, in Oklahoma County,
preliminary reports are of 40 homes damaged, between 40 and 50 destroyed; 40
businesses destroyed. 46 patients, 2 of which are critical; and 2 confirmed
fatalities. In Okmulgee County: No injuries; many homes with minor damage;
Major damage to the
marina; 1 business sustained substantial damage. In Seminole County: Three-quarters of the Seminole Municipal Airport is destroyed; 50 homes damaged; undetermined number of injuries.
the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has six mobile feeding and hydration units
responding to the following areas: involved in the following:
Central Oklahoma Area Command (COAC) canteen is located at 1-240 and Anderson Road at
the Incident Commander Center providing meals
and hydration to emergency responders. The Shawnee trailer unit deployed to Tecumseh and
will be deploying emotional and spiritual care team as well due to fatalities.
Ø The Ardmore canteen is deployed in the Norman and Cleveland County area.
Ø The Enid canteen is deployed to Little Axe, east of Lake Thunderbird.
McAlester Canteen is deployed to assist Shawnee with response efforts in various parts of Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties.
Ø The Shawnee hydration unit is
deployed per the request of County Emergency Management to help with utility
workers and county workers near Seminole.
Ø The Tulsa canteen is deployed
and will be at a fixed site in Seminole.
The State of Oklahoma Emergency Operation Center
has been activated and Major John Birks is representing The Salvation Army at
that location. The Central Oklahoma Area
Command is sending out tweets on a regular basis on their response
efforts. You can follow them on Twitter
@salvationarmyok and http://www.salvationarmyokcac.org.
Financial donations are
needed to support 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.
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.
The graphic below shows
preliminary tracks for each tornado path.
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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