Fast Facts Oklahoma May Tornados

June 09, 2013 - 11:17 AM EDT
Daphne Dunning
daphne_dunning@uss.salvationarmy.org
(405) 613-9698
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June 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m. (Moore, OK) –After 21 days since the first tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, The Salvation Army continues to assist those with the most need. With four fixed locations for feeding: Westmore High School, Plaza Mayor Crossroads, El Reno, and Little Axe,  The Salvation Army’s goal is to feed as many individuals in the most need. For those individuals without the means to the fixed feeding sites there are roving canteens (feeding units). These feeding units are roving in the 35 East and West area as well as El Reno area. Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 60,564 meals, 93,520 drinks, and 95,678 snacks, 23 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 4,593 Clean-up and 19,815 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 11,239 persons. Volunteers, employees and officers have logged more than 18,040 hours. The Salvation Army Relief Center remains available for those with photo identification and Red Cross Registration number or Disaster Assessment. The center is located at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard in Oklahoma City in the southeast corner mall. This location will be opened Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the last appointment at 7:15 p.m.


UPDATES:
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.youtube.com/salarmyeds
• http://salvationarmytoday.org


UPDATES BY LOCATION
The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors and those impacted by power outages indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Canadian County (El Reno), 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 Supplies
• Hygiene Products
• Household Goods
• Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
• Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivor



MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)
Hours:  Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

At the El Reno and Moore MARCs The Salvation Army is providing:
• Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
• Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
• Referrals for Other Services

Canadian County:
El Reno:  Jenx Simmons Field House
214 N. Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK

Moore: Westmoore High School
  12613 S. Western Ave.
  Moore, OK


At the Carney, Little Axe, and Shawnee MARCs The Salvation Army is providing referrals to other Salvation Army locations for services.
Lincoln County:
Carney: Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
  304 S. Carney Road
  Carney, OK

Cleveland County:
Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
  2000 168th Avenue NE
  Norman, OK (Highway 9 and 168th)

Pottawatomie County:
Shawnee: Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
  1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
  Shawnee, OK
  I-40 and Highway 18
 
IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
Distribution: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Last service appointment accepted at 7:15 p.m.
  7000 Crossroads Boulevard
  Oklahoma City, OK
  (Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS
• Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
• Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Tornado Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
• El Reno MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House, 214 N. Country Club Rd.
• Little Axe at 2000 168th Avenue NE Norman, OK ( Highway 9 and 168th)

 

ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:
• At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: 35th East and West areas and El Reno.

NATIONALLY:
• The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
• There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
• These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
• In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
• Clean-up Kits (containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies)
• Hygiene Kits
• Household Goods
• Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
• Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

DONATIONS:
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

• 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.”*
• Checks may be made out to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
PO BOX 2536
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

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.

In-Kind:
The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.
• Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
• 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 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 visit www.satruck.org.

VOLUNTEERS:
Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
• Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “The Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.


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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 a broad 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 T-Mobile. 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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