Oklahoma City, OK - May 27, 2011 - The Salvation Army is still actively serving storm victims in Arkansas from severe storms earlier this week as well as continued flooding. In the last two days, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration to responders and survivors in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Since mid-April, The Salvation Army has provided over 25,000 meals to those affected and responding to floods, tornadoes and wildfires.
Storm survivors and responders are being served in Etna by Lt. Josh Robinett and volunteers from Russellville. Several hundred meals and over a thousand drinks have been handed out. Additionally, Feed The Children delivered a truck load of supplies this morning to The Salvation Army to help with disaster response efforts across the state.
In Fort Smith, The Salvation Army continues to provide lodging, food, and hydration for those without electricity at 301 N. 6th Street. 42 nights of lodging and over 300 meals have been provided in the last two days to those affected by the Tuesday storms.
The Salvation Army continues to serve National Guard Troops in McGehee. They have now served over 7,000 meals and volunteers have provided close to 1,500 hours of service. Jason Martin, McGehee Salvation Army, and Captains David and Joanna Robinson of Pine Bluff have been very involved in the service. Three meals a day are being provided as well as snacks and hydration.
The Salvation Army deployed units from Enid, Lawton, Oklahoma City, and Ponca City as well as personnel from Chickasha, El Reno and Stillwater. Services were provided in Blaine, Canadian, Delaware, Grady and Payne counties to responders and survivors of the tornadoes that struck on Tuesday, May 24.
In El Reno, The Salvation Army’s Teen Center turned into a shelter and a “gathering” place for information for people affected by the tornado. Meals, hydration, and some social service assistance have been provided.
Captain Warren Jones and the Tulsa canteen continue to serve in Joplin, Missouri where the devastating tornado struck on Sunday, May 22. The team deployed from Tulsa has been on site since Monday morning and will be replaced today with a team from Arkansas including Lt. Philip Canning, Corps Officer from Fayetteville.
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