Disaster teams and mobile feeding units on standby as severe storms wreak havoc in the area
May 6, 2015 - Oklahoma City, OK – Even as storms continue to hammer the region, The Salvation Army is in contact with the Department of Oklahoma Emergency Management regarding areas impacted across the state. The Arkansas-Oklahoma (AOK) Division has placed all disaster response teams and mobile feeding units (canteens) across the division on stand-by for the next 48 hours.
Multiple locations in Oklahoma have sustained damage due to high winds, tornadoes, and hail which began a little after 3 PM Central Time this afternoon. It is the beginning of a very active 24 - 48 hours for much of our division.
Severe Thunderstorm warnings, Tornado watches and Tornado warnings are currently underway in several counties in Oklahoma. The Salvation Army will be prepared to provide care and compassion to those affected by storms as well as provide food and hydration. Please pray for all of those affected by storms today across multiple states in the Central and Midwestern United States.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK and www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.
How to Help:
The quickest and easiest way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army as they serve disaster victims in Oklahoma during this event and future disasters is to make a monetary donation.
Give online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster/disaster-storm-relief-may-2015
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]
Donations of Household Good and Clothing:
Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549
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.