Salvation Army Responds Immediately To Deadly Tornado In Moore, Ok.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Salvation Army is on the ground in Moore, Ok. with multiple canteens and personnel coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado. They continue to provide service to hard hit areas from Monday's storms which include Shawnee – multiple sites, Carney area, and Cleveland County.

Meals and hydration are being provided for first responders and those affected. Major Steve Morris, Arkansas-Oklahoma divisional commander has been driving around the affected area. Major Morris states “The devastation is far reaching both in human life, property and livestock loss. The Salvation Army is honored to serve and provide sustenance to first responders involved in search and rescue, coordination efforts and more. And, of course, all survivors will be provided spiritual and emotional care."

Canteens involved in the response from Oklahoma include Central Oklahoma Area Command (Oklahoma City), Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, McAlester and Muskogee. Also, disaster response teams from Pine Bluff, Jonesboro and Hot Springs, Arkansas are en route to the Oklahoma City metropolitan area to assist in response. Personnel from across the division are also traveling to the area to form a Divisional Incident Command Team (which helps coordinate the overall response for The Salvation Army). Central Oklahoma Area Command has established a local Incident Command team for response. 

The Salvation Army is ready to provide the services mentioned above for as long as they are needed. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Follow them at,, and for additional information.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. 

Donors are encouraged to give online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through a mobile phone; to confirm the gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 2536

Oklahoma City, OK 73102 

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

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