OKLAHOMA CITY – Many are calling the most recent snow storm that impacted Arkansas and Oklahoma the Record Setting Winter Storm II of 2011. Last week, between Tuesday and Thursday, records setting low temperatures were set as well as record levels of snow fall. On Thursday morning, lows in Arkansas and Oklahoma were reported from 4 to -31 degrees (without wind chill). Also, near Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma, 25 inches of snow was reported. Fayetteville had close to 20 inches of snow. Tulsa, Oklahoma has had the snowiest season on record since records have been kept.
During the most recent winter storm that began on February 8 and heavily affected the area until February 10, the following was reported (these numbers could go higher once all reports are in):
Approximately 4,300 meals served
Approximately 1,600 nights of lodging provided
1,047 drinks served
601 snacks served
Multiple showers, blankets, articles of clothing, and personal comfort kits provided
Warming Centers reported numbers close to the lodging numbers for clients staying in out of the weather
As a result of the storm, across Arkansas and Oklahoma, many of The Salvation Army shelters are in need of bulk food items, food items for food baskets, as well as coats, gloves, and blankets. Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.