Fast Facts - Oklahoma May Tornadoes

May 25, 2013 - 5:36 PM EDT
Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller
cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
(405) 254-1156
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May 25, 2013 4:30 PM (Moore, OK) The Salvation Army is responding to survivors of this past week’s tornadoes. Initially, there were 11 canteens deployed in response to the Oklahoma Tornado outbreak. Canteens from Arkansas and Oklahoma arrived from the following communities: Ardmore, Enid, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Lawton, McAlester, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Pine Bluff, Shawnee, and Tulsa.

Salvation Army disaster response personnel from around the country have been mobilized to respond to this event.  In addition to Oklahoma, personnel have been mobilized from ten (10) states:  AL, AR, FL, GA, KS, LA, MA, MS, PA, TX and the District of Columbia.  The personnel include volunteers, employees, and Salvation Army officers trained in disaster response.   The Salvation Army has set up an incident command team from personnel in AR, OK and TX.  A new team will arrive from Florida on Monday, May 28 to relieve local disaster personnel who have been on the ground since the first onslaught of tornadoes on Sunday.

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.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK
• www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS
• www.Facebook.com/SalArmyAOK

UPDATES BY LOCATION
The Salvation Army continues to provide relief services for tornado survivors and will continue to do so indefinitely.
• The Salvation Army continues to provide food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies 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 Supplies
  • Hygiene products
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to tornado survivors
  • Vouchers to tornado survivors to Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing

• As of May 24, 2013 The Salvation Army has provided 17,718 meals, 26,941 drinks, 17,368 snacks, and prayed with 2,090 persons since Sunday, May 19.  Over, 4,200 man-hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

MARCS   (Multi-Agency Resource Center)
Hours:  Doors Open 10:00 AM
The Salvation Army is providing:
• Financial Assistance to tornado survivors
• Vouchers to tornado survivors to Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing
Lincoln County:
Carney: Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
  304 S. Carney Road
  Carney, OK
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
Cleveland County:
Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
  2000 168th avenue NE
  Norman, OK
  Highway 9 and 168th
West Moore: West Moore High School
  12613 South Western
  Moore, OK
  Entrance – SE Side

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
Cleveland County:
  Revival of Christ Church
  1005 SW 4th Street
  Moore, OK
Crossroads Mall:
  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.  Enter through the double doors and look for signage.

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS:
Papa John’s Pizza located at Revival of Christ Church, 1005 SW 4th Street, Moore
Canteen located at Revival of Christ Church, 1005 SW 4th Street, Moore
Home Depot, 650 SW 19th Street, Moore

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
  •  Vouchers to tornado survivors to Salvation Army Family Stores for clothing

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  73012.
Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.
In-Kind:
• 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 go to www.satruck.org.

VOLUNTEERS:
• Those interested in volunteering 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.
• www.ServeMoore.com  or by calling 866-484-3500.  It is a coordinated volunteer effort.

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 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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