May 19, 2013 – Oklahoma City, OK - The Salvation Army of Arkansas and Oklahoma is becoming active in disaster response to several areas as a result of weather related events. A strong storm system crossed Oklahoma this afternoon that developed multiple thunderstorms and tornadoes across the State of Oklahoma.
The Central Oklahoma Area Command mobile feeding unit (canteen) as well as the Shawnee Catering truck has been dispatched to support search, rescue and recovery efforts near Shawnee, where multiple sites were affected by tornadoes. This evening, dinner and snacks will be provided to responders as well as storm survivors. Beginning in the morning, Monday, May 20, the McAlester canteen will assist Shawnee with service all day in the Shawnee area.
Additionally, the Enid canteen is being deployed to the Carney area to provide dinner and snacks this evening as well as providing services all day on Monday, May 20.
Upon arrival of the McAlester canteen to the Shawnee area on Monday morning, the Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen will move to the Norman area for service to first responders and those affected by the tornadoes that hit in the area earlier today.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindySAARMYOKPR, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.
Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549
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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.