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Jennifer Dodd, Public Information Officer
Salvation Army, USA Central Territory
Jeffrey S Curnow
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The Salvation Army - National Fact
Oklahoma Tornadoes - (Last Updated May 30, 2013 3:58 pm)
(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:
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
· Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops,
buckets and cleaning supplies
· Hygiene products (Comfort
· Household Goods
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):
· 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
Multiple Agency Resource Centers (MARC)
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
o Vouchers to tornado survivors to
Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing
The Central Territory at work in Oklahoma
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
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
· "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.
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
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
· 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:
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
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
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