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City, OK: – The Salvation Army will continue with meal service,
hydration and emotional and spiritual care on Wednesday in Cleveland,
Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, and Seminole Counties.
Central Oklahoma Area Command (COAC) mobile feeding unit remained at 1-240
& Anderson through dinner this evening and will return tomorrow to serve breakfast &
lunch. Lunch may be served at the County Commission Building. An update on location will be provided by
Jeff Lara of COAC. Additionally, Jeff
reports they may roam to feed many residents and volunteers in one of the
heavily affected neighborhoods located near their location.
Ardmore Canteen served dinner this evening and will return to
"roving" the City of Norman and Cleveland county area
tomorrow to serve as needed.
Enid Canteen served at Country Boy IGA today and will return on Wednesday
morning for breakfast. Area Command Personnel will coordinate with local
emergency personnel to determine if this unit needs to be relocated to better
serve those affected by the storms.
Shawnee Corps is serving several locations in Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties,
including but not limited to the following: Seminole College in Seminole, Twin Lakes, Tecumseh, and
locations in these heavily affected rural counties. Many pockets of families are being located
that are without power yet want to shelter in place. Mobile Feeding Units from McAlester and Tulsa continue to assist Shawnee with their response.
Major Dan Proctor, Central Oklahoma Area Commander,
and Major Michael Barnhouse, Shawnee Corps Officer, are working closely with
local and county emergency managers to ensure needs are met for storm
survivors, responders, and workers helping to erect hundreds of power poles to
restore power. Close to 27,000 customers
remain without power with 12,500 to 15,000 of those in the Seminole area.
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. Also, you can the Central Oklahoma Area Command
on FaceBook under Salvation Army Oklahoma City. They are posting pictures of some of their work on their page.
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.
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