Archive for March, 2011

 

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Gov. Mary Fallin today announced the kickoff of this year’s McReady Oklahoma statewide severe weather preparedness campaign – a public-private partnership designed to prepare families and communities for emergencies and to increase awareness of severe weather threats.

Local and state emergency management officials, along with volunteer response agencies, joined corporate sponsors including McDonald’s and OG&E, for the annual program’s official launch at Townsend Elementary in Del City. Students and staff were treated to the McReady Weather Safety Show featuring KOCO Chief Meteorologist Rick Mitchell, OG&E’s Lineman Larry and Ronald McDonald.

 “When it comes to Oklahoma weather, from tornadoes to floods to damaging windstorms, it seems we’re never too far from an emergency or disaster,” said Gov. Fallin. “The good news is there are steps we can all take now to keep our families safe, and that’s what this campaign is about.”

 The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command partners with the state for disaster awareness and response. Whether wildfires scorch neighborhoods or a tornado hits a populated area, The Salvation Army is ready to respond with our Emergency Canteen, providing food, drinks, relief and hope to rescue workers and victims alike.

The program features displays in more than 170 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the state during the month of April – which the governor proclaimed McReady Oklahoma Family Preparedness Month. Informational materials focusing on floods, tornadoes, lightning, emergency preparedness and NOAA all hazards weather alert radios are available as part of the program. Customers will see severe-weather themed tray liners and drive-thru bag stuffers throughout the month-long campaign.

 “We’ve known for years that preparedness is the key to saving lives when it comes to severe weather,” said Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM). “The McReady program allows us to drive the message home and better prepare individuals, families and entire communities.”

 In addition to OEM and the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, McReady partners include the American Red Cross, R.D. Flanagan & Associates, the Office of Gov. Mary Fallin, KOCO Channel 5, KOTV Channel 6, KRMG Radio, McDonald’s Owners/Operators, MOROCH, National Weather Service, OG&E Electric Services, Oklahoma Citizen Corps, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association, The Oklahoman, Salvation Army and Tulsa Partners Inc.

 The McReady Weather Safety Show is also scheduled for other schools including those in Midwest City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

 For more information regarding McReady Oklahoma, visit

www.mcready.org or contact McReady@oem.ok.gov

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is partnering with Feed the Children to distribute Avon, hygiene and food boxes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at 1001 N. Penn to approximately 1,200 people.

Volunteers are desperately needed to help provide these special supplements to families. The Salvation Army will assist in distributing the boxes, and the Canteen will be on site to provide water and lunch to all volunteers.

The Salvation Army is needing 50 volunteers to help with this event. To volunteer, please contact Lois Green at 405-246-1101 or lois_green@uss.salvationarmy.org.

The Salvation Army is warning donors to beware of a bogus email appeal which asks for donations to The Salvation Army’s Relief efforts in Japan (SEE ATTACHED EMAIL AT BOTTOM).

The appeal, claiming to be from “Salvation Army National Corp.,” urges donors to send a donation to an email address which IS NOT a valid Salvation Army address. The scam uses actual language such as The Salvation Army Mission Statement, history, and programs, which has obviously been taken from legitimate Salvation Army sites. It even lists The Salvation Army’s International web address, all in an attempt to trick donors into believing that the email is legitimate.

Those interested in The Salvation Army’s relief efforts are encouraged to visit The Salvation Army USA’s national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

• Text the words “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

• By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY • On-line at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org

• By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to The Salvation Army World Service Office International Relief Fund PO Box 630728 Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

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

These funds offer the greatest flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.  At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods or household items (gifts-in-kind) from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan.

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity that has already poured in to help us meet both immediate and long-term needs.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING EMAIL IS A SCAM (scam email is in italics)

From: Salvation Army National Corp. [mailto:donate-to-japan.earthquake@salvationarmy.co.uk] Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:57 PM Subject: Japan earthquake and Tsunami: How to help/Salvation Army? Salvation Army National Corp. Alton, Hampshire, GU34 United Kingdom

DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK!!! donations@salvationarmyrelief.zzn.com THIS IS A SCAM EMAIL!!!

Mission and Programs The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Programs

A 127-year old, faith-based charity, The Salvation Army helps people with all kinds of needs in virtually every community across America. Some of these activities include operating Adult Rehabilitation Centers, running programs for children and seniors and providing emergency disaster services support. Additional Comments from the Organization According to management expert Peter Drucker, The Salvation Army is “by far the most effective organization in the U.S.”

A responsible steward of the generosity of the American people, at least 83 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army goes directly to assist those in need.

Donate

We humbly want to bring to your notice and call for your immense support to massive 8.9/9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. Salvation Army National Corp have been working hard to see how to raise help to these pandemics situation.

We humbly hope for your support and strongly believe you can save a life.

Add to Japan earthquake and Tsunami

I want to contribute: E.g ‘Amount’ ‘USD’

You must enter donation amount. You must enter a valid dollar amount.

You must enter a minimum $100 amount. ($100 USD minimum)

1. FIRST NAME: 2. LAST NAME: 3. AGE: 4. ADDRESS: 5. CITY: 6. STATE: 7. ZIP CODE: 8. COUNTRY: 9. PHONE NUMBER: 10 GENDERS: 11.AMOUNT. Designation (Optional)

To designate your donation for a specific fund or purpose, please enter a description of how you’d like your donation to be used. Dedication or Gift (Optional)

To make a donation on behalf of or in memory of another person, please enter the person’s name. You will have a chance to send an eCard to this person at the end of making a donation. R

EMMITANCE OPTION * To donate: Contact us by email using: donations@salvationarmyrelief.zzn.com Salvation Army National Corp. Alton, Hampshire, GU34 United Kingdom http://www.salvationarmy.org Tel: (44) 07035947651 Fax: (44) 07024048271

Questions? Frequently asked questions about the Network for Good donation process.

Privacy and Security Your donation is safe and secure. ________________________________________

The Salvation Army encourages anyone who has any doubt about any mail appeal to call their local Salvation Army office or donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army.

We pray for those who feel it necessary to scam honest and generous people by using the sad and tragic disaster in Japan in a dishonest way.

Early Friday morning, a tsunami slammed Japan’s eastern coast following a large earthquake which rocked the region. Early reports indicate extensive damage to property and significant loss of life.

Salvation Army personnel are assessing the damage and initiating recovery efforts. Word has been received from Japan’s Territorial Commander, Commissioner Makoto Yoshida. The Commissioner writes,

“It is reported that there are more than 60 dead confirmed so far and many more missing. The number of houses destroyed are not yet known.
Currently, those interested in aiding the relief effort are encouraged to give monetary donations. Monetary funds offer great flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.

The most damaged city is Sendai which is about 400 km away from Tokyo. Still our building swayed tremendously. It was hard for us to keep standing. Many of us were really frightened.

We are sending a team to Sendai tonight and start tomorrow providing the basic necessities as well as assessing the level of damages and what we can do from now on.

Even in Tokyo the whole public transports stopped and many a commuters could not go home. We opened our hall on the ground floor of THQ building to those who could not go home. We were able to serve them with hot drinks and packed meals.

Thank you for your interest and prayers.”

There are five ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

- Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

- By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

- On-line at: http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

- By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301-0959

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. 

Bear in mind, it will be extremely difficult and expensive to ship in-kind donations overseas from the United States to Japan. It is more efficient for disaster relief agencies to purchase needed resources locally and for immediate distribution with the disaster area. The best way for U.S. donors to help Japanese disaster survivors is to make a cash donation.  Please note that your local The Salvation Army continues to accept donations of used clothing, furniture and other items to support local programming.  Please consider donating your used items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The Salvation Army has been active in Japan since 1895, providing emotional, spiritual, and physical care to individuals and families in need throughout Japan.

Currently, 81 active officers and 1,068 employees operate 57 church and community centers (Corps), 12 small social service stations (outposts), 2 hospitals, and more than 20 institutions serving children, seniors, the addicted, and other at-risk populations.  Due to the Army’s extensive presence, it is unlikely that volunteers from the United States will be needed for initial recovery operations.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is partnering with Feed the Children to distribute Avon, hygiene and food boxes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at 1001 N. Penn to approximately 1,200 people.

Volunteers are desperately needed to help provide these special supplements to families. The Salvation Army will assist in distributing the boxes, and the Canteen will be on site to provide water and lunch to all volunteers.

The Salvation Army is needing 50 volunteers to help with this event. To volunteer, please contact Lois Green at 405-246-1101 or lois_green@uss.salvationarmy.org.