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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES SERVICE TO TORNADO VICTIMS-UPDATE

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Released 12 May 2010

Oklahoma 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.  

 

Ø  The 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.

Ø  The Ardmore Canteen served dinner this evening and will return to "roving" the City of Norman and Cleveland county area tomorrow to serve as needed.

Ø  The 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.

Ø  The 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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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.

 

 

Submitted by 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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