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SALVATION ARMY TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOLLOWING OKLAHOMA TORNADOES

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Released 20 May 2013

Source: Salvation Army, National Headquarters
Jennifer Dodd, Public Information Officer
jennifer_dodd@uss.salvationarmy.org
(405) 613-9698

Salvation Army, USA Central Territory
Jeffrey S Curnow
jeff_curnow@usc.salvationarmy.org
(847) 294-2046

Local Contact: Salvation Army, Milwaukee County
Faithe Colas, Community Relations Director 
Faithe_Colas@usc.salvationarmy. org
(414) 531-6363

 

The Salvation Army - National Fact Sheet
Oklahoma Tornadoes - (Last Updated May 30, 2013 3:58 pm)

Updates
(Moore, OK ) -- The Salvation Army continues emergency disaster response to survivors of the tornado outbreak that occurred May 19 and May 20.
For the latest updates on The Salvation Army's response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:
disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org 
www.salvationarmyaok.org
Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org
www.salvationarmytoday.org
www.youtube.com/salarmyeds 

Summary

The Salvation Army continues to provide relief services for tornado survivors and will continue to do so indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:

· Cleveland County (Little Axe), Lincoln County (Carney), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area) and Moore.

Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:
· Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
· Hygiene products (Comfort Kits)
· Household Goods
· Financial Assistance to tornado survivors
· Vouchers to tornado survivors to Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing
· Drinking water, Shower units and First-aid supplie

Since service began on Sunday evening, May 19, The Salvation Army has provided approximately (as of May 29, 2013):
· 37,565 meals
· 54,020 drinks
· 40,956 snacks
· 1,052 Clean up kits and 1,472 Comfort kits have been distributed
· Emotional and spiritual care to 5,058 persons, including first responders as well as those affected by the tornadoes
· 8,887 hours of employee and volunteer service

Multiple Agency Resource Centers (MARC)
The Salvation Army is partnering with local governments and other disaster assistance agencies to provide "one-stop shopping" for Tornado survivors in Carney, Shawnee, Norman and Moore, Oklahoma.
· At these MARC's, The Salvation Army is providing:
  o Financial Assistance to tornado survivors
  o Vouchers to tornado survivors to Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing

The Central Territory at work in Oklahoma
Three officers and a volunteer from the Midwest (Central Territory) are currently assigned to the Oklahoma relief effort.
· Major Michele Heaver, Corps Officer at the Harbor Lights Village in Kansas City, Kansas
· Mr. John Miller, a long time EDS volunteer from the Kansas and Western Missouri Division
· Captains Dean and Patricia Towne, Corps Officers at Wichita Citadel
All are working with survivors in spiritual and emotional care. They listen to people's needs, try to make sure their physical needs are met, and offer to pray with survivors, trying to meet needs that are much deeper than the physical.

Quotes from Central Territory Personnel assigned to Oklahoma relief efforts:

Major Michele Heaver upon arriving in Moore, Oklahoma:
· "I've never seen devastation as bad as I'm seeing today. It's totally demolished in this area."

John Miller on what it means to be a spiritual and emotional care counselor:
· "It means to be a good listener. Help people sort through what has happened. Let them share their pain, and in turn, try to share hope."

Donation of off-road vehicles from Minnesota (Northern Division) gives much needed help.
Polaris Industries Inc. has donated 10 off-road vehicles to The Salvation Army for Oklahoma tornado relief. The vehicles, valued at nearly $250,000, will enhance The Salvation Army's ability to transport food, water and other critical supplies to survivors.
"With debris on the ground from thousands of destroyed homes, these vehicles will allow us to serve in places our mobile kitchens cannot," said Lt. Col. Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Northern Division Commander. "This is the second time Polaris has come to our aid - they gave a similar gift during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. They are amazing partners."
The vehicles arrived in Oklahoma today from Osceola, Wis. Prior to being shipped, Medina, Minn.-based Polaris modified each vehicle with either Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT) or run-flat tires.

How to help:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
· Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
· You can also text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word "Yes."*
· Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 2356
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
· To date, The Salvation Army has raised $5.3 million through online, text-to-give, and 1-800-SAL-ARMY fundraising, and is grateful for the support of the American people.
· Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

Your donations make a real difference.

• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.


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