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Tulsa Salvation Army Serves Neighbors After Storms Hit

Tulsa Salvation Army Serves Neighbors After Storms

Tulsa, Oklahoma (July 25, 2013)—On the evening of Tuesday, July 23, Tulsa Oklahoma was hammered by a thunderstorm with winds up to 76 miles per hour and lightening that started fires across the metro and surrounding areas. With nearly 100,000 households without power, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responded providing much needed food and hydration in the areas most affected by Tuesday night’s storms. On the first day out the canteen served 319 meals, 441 drinks and 226 snacks. The mobile feeding unit continues to roam neighborhoods in the Tulsa metro area stocked with sandwiches, water/Gatorade, snacks and lawn/debris bags to help bring a little relief to those affected, as well as those who are responding to the emergency.

One special trip was made Wednesday evening to an apartment complex that had been without power for more than 18 hours. A resident called to because the complex hadn’t received help from anyone and that the population was hungry and in need. Although the crew had been dispersed for the day, Major James Taylor grabbed volunteer coordinator, Jenny McElyea, and they headed out to help however they could.

Upon arrival they were greeted with a chorus of “God bless you’s” and appreciative faces, both young and old. “We stayed until we gave away everything we had on the truck,” Major James Taylor said.

To support The Salvation Army ministry efforts with a $10 gift, text* TULSA to 85944.

 

 

 

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

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The Salvation Army Is Transitioning To Long-Term Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma

The Salvation Army is transitioning to long-term disaster recovery in Oklahoma throughout the month of May 2013.

Oklahoma City, OK (July 17, 2013)—The Salvation Army is transitioning to long-term disaster recovery in Oklahoma throughout the month of May 2013. Recovery services, which will include everything from food and financial assistance to emotional care and rebuilding efforts for families and individuals who have been impacted by the tornadoes, floods and other severe weather, will continue for at least the next 24 months. The Salvation Army will utilize “2013 Oklahoma Storm” donations and work alongside other relief organizations to ensure that all needs are met.

“Transitioning to a long-term recovery effort is an important step, not just for The Salvation Army, but also for the individuals and families who lost so much during these devastating storms,”

said Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army is committed to making sure that donations given for this disaster will be used to continue to provide assistance to storm survivors.”

Thanks to generous donations from the American public, The Salvation Army has raised approximately $12 million to date for relief efforts in Oklahoma. All donations for the “2013 Oklahoma Storm” will be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to survivors of the storms that affected the state.

The Salvation Army has committed $4 million to response operations since the first tornadoes struck the state on May 18. Salvation Army disaster personnel activated 31 mobile kitchens and opened a 100,000 sq. ft. distribution center, providing more than:

  • 89,477 meals
  • 129,181 drinks
  • 170,379 snacks
  • 14,728 individuals received emotional and spiritual care
  • 51,988 comfort kits
  • 10,249 Clean Up Kits
  • 28,891 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • 6,381 cases opened and services provided to 31,208 with assistance through distribution of cards, vouchers, and referrals

The Salvation Army also provided survivors with blankets, Bibles, brooms, rakes, shovels, wheel barrows, totes, food boxes, infant supplies and cases of water.

The Salvation Army also participated in Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in Carney, Little Axe, Shawnee, El Reno and Moore; all have now closed in preparation to the transition to long-term recovery. Along with other partner agencies, The Salvation Army plans to participate in the Multi-Agency Long-Term Recovery Center. In anticipation of opening soon, a call center, led by the American Red Cross, has been set up to begin recording qualifying cases. Call center staff will do intake along with casework teams who are available to respond and/or collect information for follow up on an as needed basis. The number to the call center is 866-477-7276.

Working in cooperation with partner agencies, The Salvation Army is developing plans to allocate approximately $8 million toward long-term disaster recovery assistance.

Recovery Phase
  • The Salvation Army will participate in the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project to conduct disaster case management for individuals and families in need of long term recovery.
  • The Salvation Army has also allocated funds to meet survivors unmet recovery needs that have not been covered by federal disaster assistance or private insurance.
  • The Salvation Army is also committed to helping Oklahomans to be better prepared and protected from future disasters. The Salvation Army has allocated funds for Youth and Senior Outreach programs and Mitigation efforts to help families better protect themselves from future storms.

“In Oklahoma, The Salvation Army has seen a new level of need. As we transition to long-term recovery efforts, we are incorporating experiences we have learned from past disaster response operations, but looking forward, we may encounter a need that is new and unplanned,” said Major Morris.

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Day 37: Tornado Response Continues In Central Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK (June 25, 2013)—The Salvation Army has been busy serving tens of thousands throughout Central Oklahoma in the aftermath of the May tornadoes. Since the peak of the relief, 30 mobile feeding units (canteens) and catering trucks have served in areas devastated by the tornadoes and flooding.

With over 1,200 homes lost, plans are being drafted for the transition from the emergency relief phase which is waning (37 days after first onset of tornadoes) to intermediate and long term recovery and care of storm victims.

“We continue to assess the needs in the area and anticipate the bulk of our assistance will begin once families and individuals find temporary housing and/or begin the rebuilding process,” states Lt. Trey Jones, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Incident Command team. “Our ability to provide recovery and long term assistance is based upon the needs of those impacted and our partnerships with other agencies.”

In response to the storm, through Tuesday, June 18, The Salvation Army has provided approximately:

  • 81,809 meals
  • 117,735 drinks
  • 146,697 snacks
  • Emotional and spiritual care to 13,046 individuals
  • 43,570 comfort kits
  • 6,784 clean up kits
  • 26,480 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • Over 3,800 cases opened and services provided to more than 13,000 individuals

The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of canteens and supply warehouses throughout the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are 260 of these units in the southern United States alone and more than 600 emergency response vehicles nationwide.

 
 

MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

The Salvation Army is located in the El Reno and Moore MARCs. Assistance includes:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
  • Referrals for Other Services

Jenks Simmons Field House
214 N. Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK

Westmoore High School
12613 S. Western Ave.
Moore, OK
FIXED FEEDING SITE

 
 

Distribution of In-Kind Gifts NEW HOURS

The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, clean-up kits and additional items for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Distribution Hours:
Monday thru Saturday: 10 AM until 6 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

 
 

Monetary donations and Volunteers are the most critical need as transition occurs into recovery.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 2536, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 and designate “2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
  • Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve. You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or alArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 

Your donations make a real difference.
  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

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Oklahoma Tornado Response Continues

Oklahoma City, OK (June 17, 2013)—Close to 30 days after the first of a series of tornadoes occurred on May 19, May 20 and May 31 in Central Oklahoma, The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency financial assistance as well as meals, snacks and hydration at locations in the impacted areas.

The Salvation Army has provided over 300,000 meals, drinks, and snacks to those impacted by the May tornadoes and flooding. 28 Canteens (mobile feeding units) and Catering Trucks have been deployed from across the country to assist in the disaster response as well as numerous personnel including volunteers, employees and Officers. Additionally, Clean-up and Comfort (hygiene) kits, as well as other necessary items have been provided. Emotional and spiritual care remains a high priority. The Salvation Army has prayed with over 11,500 persons.

 
 

UPDATES:

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

 
 

UPDATES BY LOCATION

The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including: Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties.

 
 

MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

The Salvation Army is located in the El Reno and Moore MARCs. Assistance includes:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
  • Referrals for Other Services

Canadian County:
El Reno: Jenx Simmons Field House
214 N. Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK

Moore: Westmoore High School
12613 S. Western Ave.
Moore, OK

 
 

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts

At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Distribution Hours:
Monday thru Wednesday: 10 AM until 6 PM
Thursday: 10 AM until 9 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM until 6 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on Lower Level West entrance of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

 
 

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS
  • Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Tornado Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
  • El Reno MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House, 214 N. Country Club Rd.

 
 

ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:

At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: 35th East and West areas.

 
 

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling
    1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

 
 

In-Kind:

The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.

  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
  • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

 
 

VOLUNTEERS:

Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

  • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

U.S. Army Soldier Serves Oklahoma Survivors Alongside Salvation Army

U.S. Army Soldier Serves Oklahoma Survivors Alongside Salvation Army

 U.S. Army Soldier Serves Oklahoma Survivors Alongside Salvation Army

From the client side of the desk, Gregory Von-Dollen is just another smiling face sitting at the Multi-Agency Resource Center located at Westmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma.

Von-Dollen, an Oklahoma native, was out of state when tornadoes touched down in May. But he knew he had to help.

“The whole purpose was for me to come out and help my community. Since being wounded it has become my sense of duty to return that service the community has given me,” Von-Dollen explains.

In October of 2009 Von-Dollen joined the United States Army. Thirteen months later he was involved in a motorcycle accident which severely injured his left leg. He broke his hip, received 2-3 fractures in his femur and 25+ breaks in his tibia. He underwent two years of limb salvage, but in June of 2012 an amputation was performed, due to building blood clots in his leg.

Von-Dollen prevailed. He has stayed active duty with the United States Army and is currently receiving treatment at WTB (Warrior Transition Battalion), Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Specialist Von-Dollen knows what it means to be Army Strong; he also knows what it means to be Oklahoma Strong.

“People don’t understand the resiliency Oklahoma has – don’t seem to understand the spirit people here have,” he explains.

When Von-Dollen’s leg was amputated he was pushed to get back in the saddle.

“I’ve been skydiving, rock climbing, fishing, bowling, SCUBA diving and gone on multiple hunting trips,” he says. He’s also taken up hand cycling – and logged his longest ride at 25 miles.

For those stopping by Spc. Von-Dollen’s spot at The Salvation Army’s table, a genuine smile is a welcomed one.

“A lot of people are still at the point of not wanting to share. One woman wasn’t home but her son was. He dove into a small closet and after the tornado passed by a neighbor stopped by and heard him screaming. The neighbor broke through the sheetrock and helped him out,” he says.

Von-Dollen plans to volunteer with The Salvation Army for four days. He looks forward to finishing his leave by spending time with family before returning to Texas.

From Joplin, With Love

From Joplin, With Love

From Joplin, With Love

“When we heard about Moore, it was déjà vu,” says Lt. James Curry, corps officer for The Salvation Army in Joplin, Missouri.

It was May 22, 2011, when the community of Joplin, Missouri, was hit by an EF5 tornado. One hundred and sixty-one lives were lost; another 1,150 people were injured. The tornado was big, measuring a mile wide in its widest part.

The EF5 that touched down in Moore on May 20, 2013, was wider.

“We started praying immediately,” Curry says. “When I went to work we had a moment of silence.”

Soon after, the community stepped up in a big way.

“We had people dropping off baby diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner. People who couldn’t afford to buy hand sanitizer were buying hand sanitizer,” says Ali O’Dell, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army Joplin Corps.

Along with the diapers, wipes and toiletries came bottled water, and lots of it. Sam’s Club donated 2 pallets of water. Another four pallets came from Tri-State Motor Transit Co. and Downstream Casino Resort.

Beacon Roofing Supply donated a truck to drive the donated goods from Missouri. They also donated hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other items that can be used for debris clean-up and removal.

Lt. Curry said the citizens of Joplin would continue to keep the Moore community in their prayers.

“This outpouring of love and support for the Moore community is something that the Joplin community wanted to do. We’re here to support the community of Moore until the needs are met.”

While Joplin continues to rebuild, Moore will now begin to heal. The gift of love from a different state will help both communities as they look forward, and remember the past.

The Salvation Army is no longer accepting in kind donations; monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need. Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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The Salvation Army and Kiwanis International Team Up to Serve Tornado Victims

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Kiwanis International is teaming with The Salvation Army to feed those in need in Oklahoma City. It’s a relationship that started as an idea after 9/11.

“A Salvation Army officer mentioned the need for reliable volunteers, so we decided to make this a major thing,” says Jane Crump, a San Antonio resident and member of the Bexar Kiwanis Club.

Three hundred and fifty Kiwanis members from the Texas-Oklahoma District took training courses; The Salvation Army taught them how to run canteens (mobile kitchens). Kiwanians first volunteered for The Salvation Army when Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana in 2003. They also assisted with Emergency Disaster Services in Pensacola, Florida (Hurricane Ivan), New Orleans, Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina), and Beaumont, Texas (Hurricane Rita). The Kiwanians fundraised in between, raising a total of $90,000.

What began as a vision in 2001 became reality in 2007 when the Kiwanians partnered with The Salvation Army to purchase a $132,000 canteen. The truck was first used in Beaumont, Texas, when Hurricane Gustav made landfall.

In Oklahoma, volunteers have brought in 22 canteens from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky and Tennessee. They have worked around the clock to serve tornado victims since twisters first swept through the area on May 19th. Kiwanis Club members are honored to be among those called to serve.

“The Salvation Army takes care of their volunteers. We feel confident that when Kiwanians volunteer for The Salvation Army they will be taken care of,” Crump says.

Jane Crump deployed for a 2-week appointment on the canteen on May 29. She is serving with Henry and Patsy Pederson from the Northwest Casady Kiwanis Club in Oklahoma City. During this appointment the three have served thousands of meals, snacks and drinks from their canteen.

As for Crump, the opportunity to volunteer for The Salvation Army is second nature.

“There’s a lot of good organizations out there, but we really love The Salvation Army.”

2nd Day of New Hours

Salvation Army Enters Second Day of New Hours and Locations in OK Relief

2nd Day of New Hours

June 5, 2013, 9:00 a.m. (Moore, OK ) – Yesterday Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) relief efforts expanded into an additional Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC) set up to serve the survivors of the May 31 events in El Reno at Jenx Simmons Field House at 214 N. Country Club Rd.

Salvation Army disaster relief services at that location include financial assistance to tornado survivors, Salvation Army Family Stores clothing vouchers to tornado and flooding survivors, and referrals for other services.

Yesterday was also the first day of new distribution hours at The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Center in the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads location (formerly Crossroads Mall).

To better serve community needs, including survivors who have returned to work and cannot visit the Disaster Relief Center during traditional business hours, The Salvation Army has instituted new hours of operation for the Disaster Relief Center from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Each day, the last service appointment of the day at the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Center will be accepted at 7:15 p.m.

One of the nation’s largest federally recognized emergency disaster services agencies in the U.S., The Salvation Army provides relief to 1-2 million disaster survivors and first responders each year and is well-versed in transitioning personnel and resources from initial relief operations—such as providing food, hydration, and initial emotional and spiritual care—to long-term recovery operations that help disaster survivors to re-establish their households and daily lives.

In Oklahoma, Salvation Army EDS teams have been serving and ministering to survivors of the May tornadoes that decimated multiple communities around the Oklahoma City area since May 19. Following a new spate of storms on May 31, The Salvation Army has expanded EDS operations to include new service areas and provisions, including providing residents still without power at their homes with bottled water and food boxes until their power is restored via the Salvation Army Relief Center at the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (in the former JC Penney storefront).

These disaster relief operations will continue, as the Army’s first aim is to meet the basic needs of both survivors and first responders:

  • Material Comfort
  • Physical Comfort
  • Spiritual and Emotional Support

Salvation Army EDS staff and volunteers act as a means of expressing God’s love to those in need. The need following these May tornadoes and flooding is great—and will not be met overnight. The Salvation Army has already begun, in the few weeks since the initial storms, to see that Oklahomans’ unmet needs are changing—and our EDS operations are changing and will continue to change in response.

The Salvation Army expects to announce our long-term recovery plan in the near future. We understand that because so many Oklahomans have lost so much–their homes, their cars, their businesses, their jobs—The Salvation Army will experience increased requests for all types of financial and material assistance, not only in the next few months but also through the holidays and into the new year. Serving Oklahomans for more than a century already, The Salvation Army is always prepared to extend a helping hand to our neighbors in need. We are committed to serving Oklahomans’ unmet needs indefinitely.

 
 

UPDATES:

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 48,201 meals, 70,675 drinks, and 62,431 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 3,794 Clean Up and 5,496 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 8,567 persons. More than 13,543 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

 
 

Updates by Location

The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors and those impacted by power outages indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Canadian County (El Reno, Mustang, Union City), Cleveland County (Little Axe), Lincoln County (Carney), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area), Henryetta, and Moore.

Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:

  • Clean-up Supplies
  • Hygiene Products
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

 
 

MARCs (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
The Salvation Army is providing:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
  • Referrals for Other Services

  • NEW – Canadian County:
    El Reno: Jenx Simmons Field House
    214 N. Country Club Rd
    El Reno, OK
  • Lincoln County:
    Carney: Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
    304 S. Carney Road
    Carney, OK
  • Pottawatomie County:
    Shawnee: Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
    1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
    Shawnee, OK
    I-40 and Highway 18
  • Cleveland County:
    Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
    2000 168th Avenue NE
    Norman, OK (Highway 9 and 168th)
  • Moore: Westmoore High School
    12613 S. Western Ave.
    Moore, OK

 
 

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts

At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
Distribution 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Last service appointment of the day at 7:15 p.m.
7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

 
 

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS:
  • Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
  • Little Axe Elementary MARC at 2000 168th Avenue NE, Norman (Highway 9 and 168th).
  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Disaster Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
  • El Reno MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House, 214 N. Country Club Rd.

 
 

ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:

At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: Will Rogers Airport, Moore, Southeast and Southwest 59th Street areas of Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Dell City, Henryetta, Union City, El Reno, and Mustang.

 
 

NATIONALLY:
  • The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
  • There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
  • These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
  • In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
    • Clean-up Kits (containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies)
    • Hygiene Kits
    • Household Goods
    • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
    • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flood Survivors

 
 

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling
    1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

 
 

Your donations make a real difference.
  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

 
 

In-Kind:

The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.

  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
  • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

 
 

VOLUNTEERS:

Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

  • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Sharing Love

Sharing Love in Oklahoma…Every Day in Every Way

Sharing Love

Every day in every way, The Salvation Army continues to help the people of Oklahoma. And as we are honored to help those who have gone through unspeakable tragedy, we are blessed by the resiliency of the human spirit.

On a recent afternoon, Lt. Josh Robinett from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and two volunteers, Jeff Davis and Dana Jensen, were roving through several neighborhoods in Moore making sure folks had a hot meal–hot dogs and mashed potatoes–and a cold drink as they continued to wade through the storm ravaged debris surrounding their homes–or where their homes used to be.

“This is the ultimate mission,” said Robinett, about roaming around in a canteen. “This is God’s love in action.”

And that love was very active.

Driving down streets, dodging piles of debris and other emergency response vehicles, tow trucks and insurance carriers, the crew would stop every several yards when they saw groups of people working–or were in an area where they thought people would be working. They didn’t want to miss a chance to feed someone or share a gentle word. At times Robinett and his crew would jump out of the canteen looking for folks only to find out that that they had their own supplies. That didn’t matter – it was the feeling of community was palpable. And in some ways that was the most important.

At one location, three generations of one family were together–grandfather, son and grandson. After talking with the grandfather for a bit he shared with us that his grandson had been at Plaza Elementary School on May 20 the day the tornado hit. He choked up while sharing how he told his son about the tornado and that his grandson was taken out of the school before it was hit. “What could have been…,” said the patriarch of the family, as he cried, continuing to realize that his grandson’s life was saved. That story also brought this canteen worker to tears. Before we left, this dear boy whose life had been saved, gave Lt. Robinett a big hug, thanking him for the Gatorade.

Another couple of friends we met and fed lost their home but not their nine dogs. They were saved. And another home owner had lost his home, but everyone in his family was alive and well. He was smiling as he shared with us that he was looking to God for the next steps.

And then we fed those volunteering to clean up the neighborhood. One volunteer was visiting the area for her 30 birthday and said this was the best way to celebrate. About the hot dog she was eating from a Styrofoam plate–she said it was the best she ever had.

Tornado Relief Telethon

OETA Telethon Raises Funds for Salvation Army OK Tornado Relief

Tornado Relief Telethon

June 4, 2013 (Oklahoma City, OK )—On Sunday, June 2, OETA broadcast a special night of programming with a companion telethon to raise more than $7,000 for The Salvation Army to help those affected by the tornadoes that have cause such devastation across the Oklahoma City area.

The evening’s host, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb said, “Even in the face of tragedy, I’ve never been more proud of our state. Witnessing Oklahomans helping Oklahomans, neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers–all without expecting anything in return, has been truly inspiring. The people of Moore continue to prove, they have that great Oklahoma spirit. But there are many other areas of our state which were affected by tornadoes, and they too are showing the true meaning of ‘The Oklahoma Standard.’ The Salvation Army is working with each of these areas to ensure that critical needs are met.”

“We are grateful to all OETA viewers who called or texted in their financial support Sunday evening to help the Salvation Army raise funds to benefit victims of the recent tornado disasters in Oklahoma,” said Dan Schiedel, OETA Executive Director. “Our viewers are extremely generous, and we cannot thank them enough for their support and the love they have shown to our Oklahoma families and friends.”

Callers donated more than $6,800 and $650 was raised by 65 viewers who texted STORM to 80888 for a $10 gift for a total of $7,450.

More than 20 Salvation Army officers and volunteers answered calls from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. during programming on the history of Moore, Okla., and an hour-long show featuring Oklahoma’s deadliest storms including the recent May 20th EF5 tornado.

“Communities are coming together and organizations like the Salvation Army are supplying storm victims with the most urgent needs, and soon, we will recover from this natural disaster, back and better than ever,” said Lt. Gov. Lamb. “As Oklahomans, our spirit is strong and our communities are resilient. Together, we will remain Oklahoma strong. May God bless you–and God bless the State of Oklahoma.”

Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 3,668 Clean Up and 5,052 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 7,218 persons. More than 12, 084 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

 
 

UPDATES:

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

 
 

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling
    1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

 
 

Your donations make a real difference.
  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

 
 

In-Kind:

The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.

  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
  • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

 
 

VOLUNTEERS:

Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

  • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.