November 4, 2013 – This past Saturday, The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma, was represented by the Emergency Disaster Services team at the annual National Weather Service Festival held in Norman, Oklahoma. The event partners the National Weather Service with Emergency Responders, Local Storm Chasers, Local Meteorologist teams, and much more.
This year, it is estimated over 5,000 persons visited local weather personalities, watched the launching of hourly weather balloons, checked out emergency response vehicles and visited with local responders, including The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army had a booth that included the Central Oklahoma Area Command’s mobile kitchen – which served 2,741drinks (hot chocolate and bottled water). Also on display were two Polaris off road vehicles that help us reach areas that would otherwise be impassable to traditional disaster response vehicles. Representatives from the Central Oklahoma Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services, as well as the Arkansas & Oklahoma Divisional Headquarters, Emergency Disaster Services, were on hand to talk about programs and services provided by the Salvation Army.
This event turned out to be a wonderful time had by all -- the National Weather Service staff that hosted, the first responders that participated, and the families that came to take part in the festivities.
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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.