Salvation Army Continues Long-Term Recovery in Southern States On One-Year Anniversary of Tornadoes

The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term emergency relief services to the residents whose lives were forever changed following a series of devastating tornadoes that ravaged parts of the southern United States in April 2011. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) teams immediately responded to the storms and provided 4.8 million meals, snacks and drinks, as well as material, emotional and spiritual care to survivors throughout all impacted states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

“These were a series of storms that not only changed lives one year ago, but changed lives forever and The Salvation Army will be in these communities to make these changes easier,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “From day one, The Salvation Army has been and will continue to be committed to the long-term recovery efforts by addressing the on-the-ground needs of families impacted throughout the South.”

Within minutes of the storms making landfall last year, The Salvation Army deployed multiple mobile feeding units throughout the southern states, providing warm meals, snacks and drinks, along with emotional support and basic materials to thousands of individuals. As the disaster operation transitioned from immediate response into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army is still on-site in many of these communities, providing continued support to those in need. Long-term recovery plans in support of communities and survivors of the April 2011 tornadoes in the southern United States include:

ALM Division (Serving Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi)
• As rebuilding continues across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army, in partnership with Long Term Recovery Committees in 13 communities, is working to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies in specific service areas, including:
      o Community capacity: Signature community projects were identified to help rebuild parks,

      community centers, and other projects by community leaders, long term recovery       committees, and The Salvation Army.
      o Disaster Social Services: The Salvation Army is providing direct financial assistance to

      survivors through trained case workers. This assistance is provided for essential living

     supplies, emergency household needs and rebuilding supplies.
      o Distribution centers: The Salvation Army continues to operate distribution centers for
      survivors in affected areas. Food boxes, donated furniture, clothing, and other recovery
     items are available through these warehouses.

• On Thursday, May 3, 2012 FedEx, The Salvation Army and NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin, are partnering to bring awareness to the importance of ongoing recovery efforts, specifically in the Tuscaloosa, AL area. Together, the two organizations and Hamlin will welcome a local family into a new home, which was built after the family’s original home was destroyed last spring. The home is the first to be rebuilt in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa.
• The Salvation Army and FedEx previously partnered on rebuilding communities in New Orleans, where the Army established the EnviRenew initiative that built environmentally friendly homes for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

GEO Division (Serving Georgia)
• The Salvation Army of Georgia immediately responded by serving nine counties, including Spalding, Lamar, Troup, LaGrange, Floyd, Bartow, Meriwether, Troup, and Rabun.
• The Salvation Army implemented a long-term recovery plan for these impacted areas, funded by $1 million received in donations, that includes assistance with building materials, appliances, household items, furniture, short-term case management for resettlement assistance and the hiring of three social workers. From this money spent, we have to able to serve 25 households, with 60 households awaiting immediate final approval.
• In addition, The Salvation Army is helping rebuild Spalding County’s historic 107 year-old Vaughn United Methodist Church, which was destroyed by the tornadoes. The Salvation Army is supporting the efforts of rebuilding the church by providing furnishing materials.

KTN Division (Serving Kentucky, Tennessee and Northwest Georgia)
• This weekend, as part of the one year anniversary of the tornadoes, The Salvation Army of KTN will take part memorial services and volunteer celebrations, recognizing the lives lost and the efforts of those working to rebuild lives throughout the area.
• The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga began serving storm survivors immediately after the first tornadoes swept through Bradley County the afternoon of April 27, and began service in Catoosa County later that evening. On April 28, disaster recovery response widened to include more of Bradley and Hamilton counties in TN and Catoosa, Walker and Dade counties in GA.
• The Greater Chattanooga Area Command served in all Disaster Response Centers weeks after the storm and hired additional case workers to better serve the needs of storm survivors in the long-term recovery efforts in each of these counties, which includes direct disaster recovery assistance and development of new community projects that were lost during the storms.
• The Salvation Army also provided warm meals and drinks, as well as emotional and spiritual care in Murfreesboro, TN and Danville, KY.

AOK Division (Serving Arkansas & Oklahoma)
• In Arkansas, The Salvation Army provided immediate emergency assistance to tornado survivors in the communities of Vilonia, Hot Springs Village, and Fountain Lake.
• The Salvation Army also worked with Oklahoma Emergency Management to facilitate services of food and drinks to Stillwell, Oklahoma.
• Currently, The Salvation Army is working to meeting the long-term recovery needs of disaster-affected households within these communities for as long as the Army is needed.

“Long-term recovery is a difficult path. The process of rebuilding homes and lives takes time and patience,” said Major Hood. “The Salvation Army will work with local governments, organizations and community members to make sure every individual and family will have a new place to call home.”

The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga–Still Serving a Year After the 2011 Tornadoes

Chattanooga, TN (April 27, 2012)—One year after deadly tornados swept through the Tennessee Valley, The Salvation Army is still on the front lines serving the unmet needs of storm survivors. Today begins a weekend long remembrance, as The Salvation Army partners with events in Dade and Catoosa Counties in GA and Hamilton and Bradley counties in Tennessee.

The Salvation Army began serving survivors immediately after the first tornados swept through and continues to serve today! The Salvation Army fed nearly 20,000 meals to families affected by the storm as well as emergency workers in the first days of clean up and provided over 50,000 beverages from seven different mobile kitchen vehicles. Still meeting the needs of our neighbors, The Salvation Army has served 475 households so far.

“No one household is the same in their needs,” states Sandy Leveall, Director of Social Services of The Salvation Army. “One family may need furniture or appliances while another needs a new roof that insurance did not cover. One family actually needed dental work as a result of their brick home crumbling around them and bricks flying into their faces and cracking their teeth.”

“The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga has never been this stretched with resources,” says Major Algerome Newsome, Area Commander. “With two major storm systems hitting within one year and with the struggling economy, we have never seen need so great and a budget so stretched.”

To donate to ongoing assistance please visit www.csarmy.org, call 1-800-Sal-Army, or mail in a monetary donation to 822 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403. For more information please contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing, at 423-503-1801.

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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.

Alabama Recovery Work Continues To Connect Hope and Opportunity

Tuscaloosa, AL (April 25, 2012)—The April 2011 storms that roared across much of Mississippi and Alabama leaving in its trail unprecedented damage and despair was The Salvation Army’s largest response to a natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Fifty four feeding units and one 53’ field kitchen responded immediately to serve survivors and responders. Over $850,000 was utilized to support the initial relief efforts.

During the early days of recovery, The Salvation Army provided material, emotional and spiritual care to thousands of Alabama and Mississippi residents including:

261, 837 meals
4.1 million Cold Drinks
274, 879 Snacks
107,033 hours of service
5,500 Clean-up Kits
12,644 Persons with Spiritual Care
11, 957 Persons with Financial Assistance Vouchers

As rebuilding continues across Alabama and Mississippi, so does The Salvation Army’s presence and commitment to the residents of our state.

After the storms, The Salvation Army allocated approximately $3.5 million to help alleviate ongoing hardships faced by the individuals and families in Alabama and Mississippi. to help alleviate ongoing hardships faced by the individuals and families who lost so much. In partnership with Long Term Recovery Committees in 13 communities, Salvation Army staff is working to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies and Long-term Recovery Committees partnering to build stronger communities. The Salvation Army is committed to Doing the Most good for all residents as we rebuild together. Assistance from The Salvation Army in connection with public and private dollars are utilized to restore hope to families struggling to recover.

Currently, The Salvation Army is providing long term recovery assistance in the following manner:

Community capacity. $1 million has been allocated for signature community projects that help rebuild community capacity. Funds may be allocated to support the rebuilding of parks, community centers, and other projects identified by community leaders, long term recovery committees, and The Salvation Army.

Disaster Social Services: The Salvation Army is providing direct financial assistance to survivors through trained case workers. This assistance is provided for essential living supplies, emergency household needs and rebuilding supplies. Case workers also work to connect survivors to other available funds to facilitate an expedited recovery.

Distribution centers: The Salvation Army continues to operate distribution centers for survivors in affected areas. Food boxes, donated furniture, clothing, and other recovery items are available though these warehouses. In conjunction with the Disaster Social Services, The Salvation Army is working to alleviate many of the added financial burdens associated with disaster relief and recovery.

To date, of the original $3.5 million obligated for long-term recover, $2.1 million has been spent on client assistance, reconstruction, and related support. To date, The Salvation Army has assisted 12,560 households. The Salvation long-term recovery operation remains open and will continue at least through the end of this year. Survivors still needing recovery assistance can apply at any of these Salvation Army disaster recovery locations listed within this media release.

Because of this, The Salvation Army expects the program to extend to the end of the year, with additional allocation of $1.4 million. These funds will be utilized to fill in the gaps where private and public funds prove insufficient for recovery.

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The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster assistance 10 locations in Alabama. Residents in need of assistance may contact the following locations for assistance:

NW AL Resource Center
200 Indies St., Hackleburg, AL
Serving: Franklin and Marion Counties
The Salvation Army Decatur, AL
114 14th Street SW
(256) 353 2822

Serving: Limestone and Lawrence Counties
The Salvation Army Huntsville, AL
2114 Oakwood Avenue
(256) 536-5576

Serving: Madison County
Jackson County Alabama Service Center
1501 E. Willow Street, Scottsboro, AL

Serving: Jackson County
Dekalb County Service Center
450 N. Gault, Ave, Fort Payne, AL.

Serving: Dekalb County
Marshall County Service Center
1336 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL

Serving: Marshall and Cullman Counties
Walker County Service Center
207 E. 20th Street, Jasper, AL

Serving: Walker County
The Salvation Army Anniston, AL
420 Noble Street
(256) 236-5343

Serving: Calhoun County
The Salvation Army Birmingham Area Command
2130 11th Avenue North
(205) 328-5656

Serving: Jefferson County
Tuscaloosa Salvation Army Recovery Center
2005 32nd Street
Northport, Alabama 35476
Call: 205-561-6463

Serving: Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Hale, Greene, Sumter, Pickens, Lamar and Fayette counties

For a more detailed report of ongoing recovery work or for more information about Salvation Army Disaster relief or to donate, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year. The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

Severe Weather – Know Your Risk, Take Action, Be A Force Of Nature

ATLANTA–As the nation marks the first anniversary of one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are teaming up this week to save lives from severe weather.

The two agencies encourage the public nationally and in FEMA Region IV, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, to “know your risk, take action, and be a force of nature” by taking proactive preparedness measures and inspiring others to do the same. While the type and severity of threats vary across FEMA’s 10 Regions, the need to be prepared is universal.

Last April, tornadoes raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes and claiming hundreds of lives. That devastating, historic outbreak was only one of many weather-related tragedies in 2011, which now holds the record for the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history.

The country has already experienced early and destructive tornado outbreaks in the Midwest and South this year over the last two months, including a significant number of tornadoes last weekend. May is the peak season for tornadoes, so it is important to take action now.

“The damaging tornadoes that struck this year, causing widespread devastation as well as loss of life, also spurred many amazing and heroic survival stories,” said NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. “In every one of these stories people heard the warning, understood a weather hazard was imminent and took immediate action. We can build a Weather-Ready Nation by empowering people with the information they need to take preparedness actions across the country.”

“One of the lessons we can take away from the recent tornado outbreaks is that severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “While we can’t control where or when it might hit, we can take steps in advance to prepare and that’s why we are asking people to pledge to prepare, and share with others so they will do the same.”

“If we learned anything from last April, it is that we lost too many lives,” said FEMA Region IV Administrator Phil May. “A prepared public is our nation’s most valuable resource in a disaster, and through disaster preparedness we can save lives.”

To “be a force of nature,” FEMA and NOAA encourage citizens to prepare for extreme weather by following these guidelines:

Know your risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for alerts from your local emergency management officials. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice how and where to take shelter. Create or refresh an emergency kit for needed food, supplies and medication. Post your plan where visitors can see it. Learn what you can do to strengthen your home or business against severe weather. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio. Download FEMA’s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before and during severe weather. Understand the weather warning system and become a certified storm spotter through the National Weather Service.

Be a force of nature: Once you have taken action, tell your family, friends, school staff and co-workers about how they can prepare. Share the resources and alert systems you discovered with your social media network. Studies show individuals need to receive messages a number of ways before acting – and you can be one of those sources. When you go to shelter during a warning, send a text, tweet or post a status update so your friends and family know. You might just save their lives, too. For more information on how you can participate, visit www.ready.gov/severeweather.

Woodward Disaster Response Continues

Even as some rebuilding begins and clean-up continues The Salvation Army’s commitment to the residents of Woodward, Oklahoma is going strong. An F-3 tornado causes damage to many homes and businesses just a short one week ago today. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reports 224 homes were affected with 73 destroyed and 13 with major damage. Unfortunately, a request for a federal disaster declaration from the White House was denied.

The Salvation Army is currently in the Multi-Agency Resource Center located at the First Baptist Church, 202 E Hanks Trail in Woodward. The center is open seven days a week. The Salvation Army is providing emergency assistance to households affected by the tornado to help meet their immediate needs.

The mobile feeding unit provided 1,804 meals, 1,787 snacks and 2,123 beverages while it was active. Also, due to the generosity of viewers of KFOR (Channel 4) in Oklahoma City, The Salvation Army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command delivered a trailer full of supplies to Woodward Emergency Management. The supplies were delivered at their request and included items such as leather gloves, tarps, garbage bags, and more.

Emotional and spiritual care has been a large part of The Salvation Army’s response. Led by Captain John Dancer, Enid Salvation Army, a total of 269 contacts were made to affected individuals. Many of these persons are dealing with the loss of loved ones due to the tornado.

The Salvation Army continues to work with our Oklahoma VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) partners and state/local government to coordinate efforts in Woodward. The Salvation Army has committed to participate in the unmet needs committee for needs identified through the long-term recovery case management process that is being established.

The impact of this storm will continue to be felt by those affected. The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. Locally, in Woodward, only monetary donations are being accepted. Checks may be mailed to PO Box 542, Woodward, OK 73802 or dropped off at The Salvation Army located at 1209 9th Street. Checks are to be made out to The Salvation Army of Woodward / Ellis County. All donations made for the disaster will go directly to those affected in the area. All funds collected will be designated towards this particular disaster. The Salvation Army’s office in Woodward may be reached at 580-256-1083.

The Salvation Army also provides online means for people who want to help those affected by disaster. Visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769.) Designate “Woodward” when making your donation. For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyaok.org, Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK, and follow us on Twitter @SalArmyAOK.

Additional updates will be sent as new information becomes available.

The Salvation Army Continues Operations After Iowa Storms

Omaha, NE (April 17, 2012)—The Salvation Army continues to offer relief after storms damaged communities in Southwest Iowa Saturday evening.

An Emergency Disaster Services mobile canteen and crew from Des Moines has been in Creston since Sunday serving food and hydration to emergency and clean-up crews and victims of the tornado that struck that community.

In southwest Iowa’s Fremont County, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services units from Lincoln and Omaha remains on the scene serving victims and relief workers in the small town of Thurman, Iowa. John Kuzma, divisional director or emergency disaster services, reported that 1,100 meals were served on Sunday and Monday. Teams remain on the scene today and Wednesday. Crews plan to return Saturday, April 21 when a large volunteer turnout is expected.

For up-to-date information, please contact John Kuzma, 402-510-4403 or Arvid Huisman, Des Moines director of development and communications, 515-202-2286.

Giving:
The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. Contributions to assist The Salvation Army’s relief work in Iowa can be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming Street, Omaha NE 68131. To donate by credit card, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org. Please be sure to designate your gift “Iowa Tornadoes”.

During emergencies The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, if household goods are needed, we meet those needs using existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army, you help your community today and may help disaster survivors tomorrow. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.

The Salvation Army Continues To Provide Support To Tornado Survivors In Wichita, Kansas

Kansas City, MO (April 17, 2012)—The Salvation Army continues to provide support to the community of Wichita, Kansas following Saturday night’s tornado that caused millions of dollars in damage.

Three Salvation Army emergency disaster mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) remain in service, one stationed outside a temporary shelter for survivors, while the two other canteens rove through the devastated areas.

Since Sunday, The Salvation Army has served more than 1,200 meals and 4,000 snacks and cold drinks to first responders, clean-up crews and survivors. The Salvation Army has also provided more than $3,000 in financial assistance to more than 154 individuals to purchase necessities such as clothing, prescriptions and food. Salvation Army case workers are set up to take applications for assistance at the Multi-Service Center at Idlewild Park, 3937 E. Oaklawn Drive in Wichita. Please bring proof of residency (ID, utility bill with an address, etc.).

Giving:
The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. To donate by credit card, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 350 Market, Wichita, KS 67202. Please be sure to designate your gift “Kansas Tornadoes.” Donors may also text “Shelter” to 80888 to give $10*.

During emergencies The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, if household goods are needed, we meet those needs using existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army, you help your community today and may help disaster survivors tomorrow. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

*A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.

Salvation Army Provides Food For The Soul, Meals And Hydration

Woodward, OK (April 17, 2012)—The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma division continues to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to the community of Woodward. To date, 824 meals, 1, 890 drinks, and 1, 506 snacks have been provided by the crew on the Enid, Oklahoma Salvation Army’s canteen to responders and those affected by the April 16 deadly tornado. In addition to the snacks, meals and drinks, The Salvation Army is providing emotional and spiritual care.

As of Monday evening, there had been 209 contacts made with those needing comfort and prayer. Janelle Mulanax, Divisional Director of Emergency Disaster Services commented “the impact of the caring and compassionate service is palpable in the community.” Many times, as the canteen stops to serve, residents first ask “Where’s my hug?” After conversation and hugs, then food and drink are served.

Salvation Army’s “food for the soul” in His name continues to be the most important ministry and service provided. Volunteers, Officers, and employees have dedicated many hours to the response effort in Woodward over the two days of response thus far. Feeding efforts continue to be shared with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and the American Red Cross. Other efforts continue to be coordinated with State and Local emergency management officials.

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. Locally, in Woodward, only monetary donations are being accepted. Checks may be mailed to PO Box 542, Woodward, OK 73802 or dropped off at The Salvation Army located at 1209 9th Street. Checks are to be made out to The Salvation Army of Woodward / Ellis County. All donations made for the disaster will go directly to those affected in the area. All funds remain in this community. The Salvation Army’s office in Woodward may be reached at 580-256-1083.

The Salvation Army also provides online means for people who want to help those affected by disaster. Visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769.) Designate “Oklahoma storms” when making your donation.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyaok.org, Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK, and follow us on Twitter @SalArmyAOK. Additional updates will be sent as new information becomes available. Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549 E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Office: 405/254/1156

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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.

AOK Division Serves Tornado Ravaged Woodward, Oklahoma

Woodward, OK (April 16, 2012) – The Salvation Army of Enid, Oklahoma is responding to the tornadoes that brought devastation across the community of Woodward, Oklahoma. The Salvation Army is offering food and hydration, emotional and spiritual care as relief, recovery and clean-up efforts are underway in the area. Close to 400 meals, as well as several hundred snacks, and cases of water were provided.

In addition, work gloves and hand sanitizer were provided. Especially touching were the stuffed turtles which were hand-made by the youngest church members of The Salvation Army in Enid and handed out to the “youngest” of those affected by the storms.

“We are out doing what The Salvation Army does best, providing hope, healing, and help in time of need,” states Salvation Army of Enid’s Commanding officer, John Dancer. “We will continue doing the most good, meeting the needs of victims, emergency workers and those affected until we are no longer needed.”

The Salvation Army is also working closely with state and local emergency management officials as well as members of the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) including American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Free Will Baptists, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The Salvation Army is a member of Oklahoma VOAD which includes many others partners throughout the state.

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769.) Designate “Oklahoma storms” when making your donation.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyaok.org, Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK, and follow us on Twitter @SalArmyAOK. Additional updates will be sent as new information becomes available. Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549 E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Office: 405/254/1156

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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.

The Salvation Army Provides Food, Financial Assistance To Wichita Tornado Survivors

Wichita, KS (April 16, 2012)—The Salvation Army remains on the scene in Wichita this morning, offering support to community members in the aftermath of a devastating tornado that tore through the southern part of the city Saturday night.

Three Salvation Army emergency disaster mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) are back in action today, offering assistance to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews. One canteen is stationed outside a temporary shelter for survivors, while the two other canteens are roving through the devastated areas.

On Sunday, Salvation Army volunteers served 450 meals and distributed flashlights, batteries, blankets, pillows and hygiene kits to those in need. The Salvation Army is also offering financial assistance in the form of vouchers to tornado survivors. To apply, individuals are asked to go to The Salvation Army City Command, 350 Market in Wichita between the hours of 8:30 am and 4 pm. Please bring proof of residency (ID, utility bill with an address, etc.).

“We arrived on the scene within a few hours after the tornado,” said Major Douglas Rowland, the City Commander for The Salvation Army in Wichita. “Later, as we drove through a trailer park that had been destroyed, we came upon a man who was alone, rummaging through the pile of rubble that had once been his home. He said that he had been in rehab and was going to be coming home, but now had nothing to come home to. My wife and I prayed with him that God would somehow help him through it all and feel His presence to continue on.”

Giving:
The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. To donate by credit card, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111. Donors may also text “Shelter” to 80888 to give $10. Please be sure to designate your gift “Kansas Tornadoes”.

* A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

Due to emergency conditions, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing donated now will be sent to disaster areas. In times of disaster, we fulfill household needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. Please, continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army—you help your community today and may help with disaster relief needs tomorrow. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.