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The Salvation Army is Planning for Public and Personnel Safety in Ongoing OK Tornado Response

The Salvation Army’s tornado recovery effort continues in Oklahoma. With severe weather forecast for a widespread area around Oklahoma City this afternoon and evening, the Emergency Disaster Services team is closely monitoring weather conditions and making plans for today’s feeding, distribution, and emotional and spiritual care operations.

Safety is our top priority for all EDS personnel as well as the Oklahomans we serve. We are enacting safety guidelines for all ongoing Salvation Army tornado response operations, which include instructions for all EDS staff to monitor weather radio for updates on ongoing weather threats and if severe weather moves into the area to seek shelter immediately at the closest designated safe facility.

For the safety of the public and EDS personnel, The Salvation Army is making the following modification to today’s services:

  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (Distribution Center/Warehouse) will undergo a soft close for distribution at 2:30 PM today (5/29).
  • All Salvation Army Fixed and Roving Feedings will be available today through 2:30 p.m.

The Salvation Army will continue to monitor the weather each day and make any necessary modifications to services, locations, and personnel that may be necessary for public and personnel safety.

Daily updates will be issued as necessary.

Since Sunday, May 19, The Salvation Army has provided 33,904 meals, 45,874 drinks, and 34,000 snacks, 18 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 978 Clean Up and 1,064 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 4,033 persons since Sunday, May 19. Nearly 7,500 man-hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

For the most recent, detailed information, visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For those who would like to give to The Salvation Army, please consider a monetary donation. It is easy to give to The Salvation Army:

  • By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
  • By mail: The Salvation Army – Disaster Relief P.O. BOX 2536 Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
  • 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.”*

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Used clothing and used furnishings are not needed for disaster relief.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing to your local Salvation Army Family Store.

In the Oklahoma City area, in-kind donations will only be accepted at The Salvation Army’s location at 7th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.

 
 
 
 

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.

Flood in Argentina

Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Floods in Argentina

Flood in Argentina

Buenos, Aires, Argentina (April 5, 2013)—The Salvation Army in Argentina is responding after storms and flooding caused devastation around Buenos Aires, with the city of La Plata being particularly badly hit. Latest reports say that 57 people have been killed in the disaster – 51 in La Plata – and that more than 100,000 homes have been made uninhabitable.

The Salvation Army has joined forces with a local food bank to serve the population that is suffering the consequences of the storm, especially in the Villa Elvira neighbourhood, where The Salvation Army was already present.

The Salvation Army property in Villa Elvira has served as an emergency shelter for 100 people since Tuesday 2 April, and 200 people were provided with food. So far, seven tonnes of food and water have been distributed to community members, along with other essentials such as mattresses and bedding.

Colonel Susan McMillan (Territorial Commander, South America East Territory) reports: ‘The Buenos Aires Divisional Emergency Team is working hard and will continue to do so.’ A group of officer-cadets has also helped the team. The colonel adds: ‘Communications have been difficult as the area is without power, water, telephone service and even cellular phone service.’

She concludes: ‘We would appreciate your prayers for our people – that God would give them wisdom, multiply their resources and keep them safe.’

Donations to support The Salvation Army’s disaster response in Argentina can be made online at <a href=”http://www.salvationarmy.org” target=”_blank”>www.salvationarmy.org</a>.

*Image courtesy of the Associated Press

Salvation Army Relief Crews to Continue Service on Wednesday

Hattiesburg, MS (February 13, 2013)—The Salvation Army will continue serving residents of Hattiesburg affected by the tornado on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Salvation Army feeding units served around 1,100 meals and drinks to residents and first responders recovering from Sunday evening’s tornado.

Six Mobile feeding units will be working throughout the day on Wednesday providing for the needs of residents.

Units will be positioned at the following locations:

  • Hattiesburg Unit: Petal, East 5th Avenue and James Street.
  • Jackson Unit: CVS Pharmacy, Intersection of US Highway 49 and Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Mississippi Coast Unit: Neighborhoods East of USM
  • McComb Unit: Oak Grove, Roving Lake Serene, Bellewood, and Lakeshore Areas
  • Laurel Unit: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 900 East 8th Street, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Jackson Unit 2:Neighborhoods West and South of USM Roving

Units will also be distributing comfort/hygiene kits to residents recovering from the storm. Emotional and spiritual care officers will be available to provide support to residents.

“Salvation Army crews continue to find pockets of need affected by the tornado,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army in Hattiesburg. “We have shifted our ffeeding units to meet those needs.”

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Disaster Relief. Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.

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 www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

Salvation Army Feeding Units Become Feeding Hub of the Pine Belt

Hattiesburg, MS (February 11, 2013)—As the day dawned in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Salvation Army Disaster Response teams from across Mississippi began descending upon the Hub City to provide feeding, hydration, and comfort kits to residents working to clean up following Sunday’s tornado.

Six Mobile feeding units will be working throughout the day providing for the needs of residents.

Units will be positioned at the following locations:

  • Hattiesburg Unit: Petal Harvey Baptist Church, 600 South Main Street, Petal, MS
  • Jackson Unit: Intersection of US highway 49 and Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Mississippi Coast Unit: Forrest County Multi Purpose Center, 962 Sullivan Drive, Hattiesburg, MS
  • McComb Unit: Oak Grove (West Hattiesburg), Roving
  • Laurel Unit: Oak Grove (West Hattiesburg)
  • Jackson Unit 2:Neighborhoods East of USM, Roving
  • Units will also be distributing comfort/hygiene kits to residents recovering from the storm. Emotional and spiritual care officers will be available to provide support to residents.

    “Salvation Army continues to serve throughout the Pine Belt following Sunday’s storms. We will remain present in area neighborhoods to support our community as it recovers from Sunday’s storms,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army in Hattiesburg.

    Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Disaster Relief. Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.

    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 www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

Salvation Army Begins Service Deployment in Gulf Coast Communities

Alexandria, VA (August 29, 2012)—As Tropical Storm Isaac slowly moves northward through Louisiana, Salvation Army personnel are in the early stages of deployment efforts throughout impacted regions along the Gulf Coast. The storm, which made landfall as a hurricane last night, has already caused significant flooding throughout the region including in Plaquemines Parish, about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans. The Salvation Army has been providing food and hydration to residents of Florida and will begin deployment of mobile kitchens along the Gulf Coast today.

The Salvation Army currently has 60 personnel, 24 mobile feeding units, and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen stationed along the coast in Hattiesburg, MS; Baton Rouge, LA and Gulfport, MS – all staged for quick response. In Gulfport, The Salvation Army deployed a mobile kitchen to a shelter at West Harrison High School to provide food to survivors there. These units have a combined feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals per day.

“With the amount of rain and flooding that Tropical Storm Isaac has produced in Gulf Coast communities, we expect there to be a high level of need throughout the region,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our mobile kitchens and staff are strategically positioned and already beginning to move into impacted regions.”

In coastal communities, The Salvation Army is also seeing an increase of homeless people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep due to Isaac. In New Orleans, Pascagoula, MS and Mobile, AL, Salvation Army homeless shelters are filled to maximum capacity. For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings with it memories of previous storms, including Hurricane Katrina.

For the homeless filling shelters and other community members in need of support, The Salvation Army has personnel onsite, trained to provide spiritual and emotional care on the front lines during and after the storm. The Salvation Army’s ministry of presence provides compassionate care to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance.

“During a hurricane or other disaster, residents are often looking for someone to talk to or even a shoulder to cry on,” said Major Hood. “We know that our role is not only to meet the needs of the individual physically, but also the emotional and spiritual needs that can come with stressful times.”

Through combined efforts in the state of Florida, The Salvation Army has already provided 560 instances of spiritual and emotional care, as well as 3,000 meals, 20,000 drinks, 4,000 snacks and 8,000 cases of bottled water. The Salvation Army has a mobile kitchen and truck unit providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors in West Palm Beach.

Additionally, two mobile feeding are providing hot meals and cold bottled water in the Wellington and Lake Worth communities after Isaac left the areas with flooding and power outages. The Salvation Army is also supporting first responders and survivors with hydration in downtown Tampa and surrounding areas.

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
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Communications support

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed of all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Tropical Storm Isaac, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

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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 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 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.

The Salvation Army Supports Isaac’s Forgotten Population

Jackson, MS (August 28, 2012)—Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are actively serving residents of Hurricane Isaac impacted areas.

In New Orleans, Pascagoula, Miss. and Mobile, Ala. Salvation Army Homeless Shelters are filled to maximum capacity.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is already seeing an increase of people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

“Scared,” explains one man waiting outside The Salvation Army. “I’ve been through seven hurricanes, and I’m scared.”

With tropical storm conditions forecasted overnight, The Salvation Army is expecting more people to line up looking for shelter. Those numbers could swell even higher because the Waterfront Rescue Mission has closed through Thursday, due to its location.

“In emergency situations, we will open our doors to as many people as possible who are in need of a safe place to sleep. We will continue to provide shelter to the homeless throughout storm,” said Major Mark Brown, Coastal Alabama Area Commander.

For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings back anxious memories of previous storms. Herman Southland was living in Bayou la Batre when Hurricane Katrina hit. He woke up in the middle of the night to find his home flooded. Southland and his wife cut through their ceiling and spent two days on their roof, waiting for rescue. Now he’s homeless, and worries that he could get stranded again.

Another man explains that without a shelter like The Salvation Army, he is forced to sleep in parking garages during a storm.

The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in New Orleans continues to make accommodations for the influx of homeless seeking shelter from the storm. Already near capacity prior to Hurricane Isaac, the homeless shelter has now begun placing temporary cots around the building to handle the overflow.

In Pascagoula, Miss. fifty-five men, women and children enjoyed a hot lunchtime meal and will ride out the storm.

The Salvation Army Homeless and Emergency shelter operates 365 days a year, providing shelter, feeding and emotional support.

“The Salvation Army shelter in Pascagoula runs like a well oiled machine,” stated Major Terry Ray, Area Commander for The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast Area Command. “They are always ready to take in those in need and share the love of Jesus with all.”

Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast continue to mobilize to respond to Hurricane Isaac, as it moves inland tonight. Army units in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and one fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response. Additionally, The Salvation Army is prepared to supplement Gulf Coast states with canteens from inland states, as was necessary in response to Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Drinking water
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org) and
• Emotional/spiritual care

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised 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.

Indonesia Earthquake Hits Salvation Army Communities

Indonesia (August 23, 2012)—Salvationists were among the victims of an earthquake that brought devastation to Indonesia on Saturday 18 August. Five of the six people killed in Lindu District were members of The Salvation Army. Many others have lost their homes.

The earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale, caused devastation across Central Sulawesi Province. Initial reports suggested that Kulawi, Tuwa and Salua Districts had suffered the worst damage but it soon became clear that Lindu had also been badly hit. News was not getting out because all communications were down and the only access road to Lindu was badly damaged.

Major Yusak Tampai, leader of The Salvation Army’s Eastern Palu Division, says that Salvationists make up 90 per cent of the population in Lindu and Kulawi. In Salua about half the community members are Salvationists.

The Salvation Army’s Compassion in Action Team undertook a rapid response to supply food and medical services in Kulawi, Tuwa and Salua on Monday 20 August.

Territorial Commander Commissioner Basuki Kartodarsono was in the province when the earthquake struck. When the news from Lindu came through he visited the district, accompanied by Major Tampai. The visitors travelled by helicopter, which was provided by Helivida (Helimission).

‘It was sad to see the devastation,’ writes Major Tampai, adding: ‘It was a moving experience to visit and pray with Salvationist families in their tents.’

He explains that Tuwa has been provided with government aid and that ‘Salua and Kulawi have been reached by many donations as these are located on the main road. They can be easily reached in the coming days.’ Relief supplies cannot get through to Lindu until the road – nothing more than a track for motorbikes – is reopened, although there is some hope that this will happen today (23 August).

Hundreds of homes have been significantly damaged, along with 25 public buildings including a Salvation Army school and five Salvation Army corps (churches).

Meetings are taking place today to work out the details of the immediate response. Colonel Mike Parker (Chief Secretary, Indonesia Territory) says that more news and specific requests for support will emerge ‘as soon as the coordinating group has completed its work’.

Salvation Army Assistance Continues for Those Impacted by Oklahoma Wildfires

Oklahoma City, OK (August 9, 2012)—Reports indicate over 103,000 acres have burned in Oklahoma since last Friday with approximately 375 homes destroyed. The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division continues to have feeding units on stand-by across the State of Oklahoma due to the continued fire danger through Saturday.

The Salvation Army has Disaster Social Services personnel located in four Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCS) around the state providing financial assistance and vouchers for clothing to affected households. MARCs are currently open in Mannford (Creek County), Luther (Oklahoma County), Glencoe (Payne County), and Noble (Cleveland County). To date, we have opened more than 117 cases consisting of more than 261 persons. Many individuals and families are still expected to come through the centers as some are just now able to assess the damage and loss of their homes. The MARCS will remain open at least through Saturday.

Since the wildfire outbreak, The Salvation Army provided over 2,500 meals, 4,534 drinks, and over 2,600 snacks. Over 300 man-hours have been recorded for volunteers, employees, and Officers.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The best way to help those impacted by the wildfires is to make a financial contribution.

Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Online: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
(There is a banner at the top to click on to Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts)

Mail: The Salvation Army
Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
PO Box 12600
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. The Salvation Army is very grateful to the public for its support to help those in need. We will continue to meet the needs of those families and individuals impacted by these disasters as long as we have the resources to do so.

Oklahoma Wildfire Activity & Response Continues

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (August 6, 2012) – Wildfires have now burned over 93,000 acres in Oklahoma since last Friday. A statewide Burn Ban is in effect along with a State of Emergency for all 77 counties. The Salvation Army has provided over 2,300 meals, 4,285 drinks and 2,480 snacks to responders and those impacted by the wildfires. The Army is assisting with the immediate and short-term needs of fire survivors, while also addressing the needs of emergency personnel as they continue fighting the ongoing fires.

The Salvation Army is also working in cooperation with Oklahoma Emergency Management and multiple non-profit and governmental agencies to offer assistance to all residents impacted by the various wildfires at designated Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC). Disaster Social Services personnel from the impacted areas are providing emergency financial assistance to those households who seek assistance at the center.

The Salvation Army is committed to providing emergency assistance as well as emotional and spiritual care to survivors. We will continue to meet the needs of those families and individuals impacted by these disasters as long as we have the resources to do so.

Wildfire Response

Cleveland County—The fire is contained and responders remain on site monitoring for hot spots. The Central Oklahoma Area Command provided breakfast to first responders this morning and served lunch in conjunction with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

The Salvation Army will be participating in MARC in Noble to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The center is located at 12 Points Baptist Church, 15601 East Etowah Road, Noble, OK. The center will open on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at Noon and remain open until 8 PM. The hours for Wednesday through Friday will be 10 AM until 7 PM.

Creek County—Due to the generous donations of the public, Tulsa Area Command was able to deliver a pallet of Gatorade, cases of water, and snacks to the Incident Command Post near Mannford, OK where firefighters and emergency personnel continue their tireless efforts. They also coordinated delivery of ice to the site.

Oklahoma County—The Salvation Army is participating in MARC to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Luther High School Auditorium located at 178th & Luther Road.

Payne County—The Salvation Army of Stillwater will be participating in MARC in Glencoe to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The Center is located at the United Methodist Church, 113 South Perry Avenue, Glencoe, OK. The center will open on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at Noon and remain open until 8 PM.

Pittsburg County—The Salvation Army of McAlester is on site at the McAlester Lake fire providing meals, snacks and hydrations to responders on the scene.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The best way to help fire survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution.

Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Online: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
(There is a banner at the top to click on to Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts)

Mail: The Salvation Army
Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
PO Box 12600
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. The Salvation Army is very grateful to the public for its support to help those in need.

Salvation Army Continues Response to Wildfires Across Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (August 4 – 9:45 PM)—The Salvation Army continues to respond to multiple wildfire locations. Wildfires have burned over 52,000 acres across Oklahoma and many continue to burn and are not contained. The Salvation Army is serving food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care. Canteens across Oklahoma remain on stand-by for their services as needed in other areas.

FIRES

Cleveland County—The fire near Noble continues to burn. The Central Oklahoma Area Command served over 650 meals as well as hydration to first responders at the Incident Command. The Salvation Army will be assisted by the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team beginning with lunch on Sunday morning, August 5. The Salvation Army will be serving breakfast.

Oklahoma County—A fire in Luther, located east of Oklahoma City, continues to burn. The Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen provided breakfast to approximately 200 responders this morning. Additionally, The Salvation Army will be part of a Disaster Assistance Center at the Luther High School Auditorium tomorrow, located at 178th & Luther Road, from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Payne County—The Salvation Army of Enid will be reporting to the Glencoe High School on Sunday morning where they will coordinate services with Payne County Emergency Management.

Pittsburg County—The Salvation Army of McAlester is reporting to the Incident Command located at McAlester Lake Road and Cross Timbers to serve snacks and hydration to first responders.

Pottawatomie County—The Salvation Army of Shawnee took their catering truck to serve those affected by the wildfire as well as first responders. They provided over 250 drinks and over 100 snacks including granola bars, crackers, gum, fruit bars and oranges. Additionally, they assisted the Central Oklahoma Area Command in Cleveland County.

Additional fires throughout Oklahoma continue to be reported in Lincoln and Logan counties as well as a very large fire that began in Creek County.

The Salvation Army is also working closely with VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). The Salvation Army will be accepting donations of water and Gatorade to distribute to those organizations active in response. The Salvation Army will open their warehouse, located at 924 S. Hudson in the morning at 9:00 AM. It will remain open until 3:00 PM. The Salvation Army will gather, sort, palletize, and then distribute donated items as needed to other organizations responding in the state. This is being requested by Oklahoma Emergency Management.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Oklahoma wildfires. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

The Salvation Army will stay involved for as long as they are needed. Additional information will be provided as it is available.

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Local Wildfires in our area may be encroaching on many rural families including the deaf and hard of hearing, immigrants and other people who may be vulnerable in the best of times. These fires threaten everyone so please share this information with your families, friends, congregations, co-workers and neighbors ASAP. Let’s encourage all of them to carefully inform people who can’t get life-saving information from mainstream media – spouses, elderly and new arrivals.

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