Archive for the ‘Disastter Relief’ Category

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command has responded to the destructive wildfires that are affecting northwest Oklahoma City and its surrounding communities and neighborhoods.

 

The Salvation Army Canteen, a mobile kitchen, was deployed to NW 63rd and Sooner Road near where the wildfires are raging to serve lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks to firefighters, police, EMSA and others affected by the blaze.

 

Nearly 200 meals were served at lunch to first responders and rescuers. The Salvation Army will also serve dinner to the crews and victims and will stay on site for as long as its needed.

 

The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army continues to respond to multiple sites where assistance has been requested to help with disaster response, including last week’s tornadoes and the fires that continue through this week.

 The following is a brief summary on each site:

Tushka, Oklahoma – The Salvation Army continues to provide meals, drinks and comfort to the victims and responders in Tushka, which was hit last week by a tornado. On Sunday, April 12, The Salvation Army AOK provided more than 199 meals, 636 drinks and 112 snacks. The canteen closed for Sunday evening but reopened Monday morning for service

Water, Gatorade, and Coffee are being served as well as providing cases of water to those affected by the tornado as well as first responders which include State and Local Emergency Managers, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Fire, Sherriff and Police Departments, State Health Department and others.

Lawton, Oklahoma – Four Salvation Army officers and six volunteers provided water and sandwiches to firefighters at the Lawton Fire Service at Trail Road in Comanche County. Captain Hull arrived on the scene to assist the fire service responding to multiple grass fires in the area. On Sunday, the Salvation Army served 110 sandwiches, 268 snacks and 315 drinks to firefighters in that Area.

Velma and Orr, Oklahoma – The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division also responded to the wildfires in Velma and Orr, serving 250 meals, 333 drinks and 118 snacks in Velma as well as 150 meals, 208 drinks and 74 snacks in Orr to first responders and firefighters.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate AOK Division April Storms.  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.

Haiti – As the cholera death toll in Haiti approaches 3,500 people, The Salvation Army continues to provide treatment to those who have been infected and prevention support to the wider community.

Antibiotics, soap, bleach and oral rehydration supplies are essential in the fight against cholera.  Soap is provided weekly to more than 2,000 College Verena students and staff as well as to 13,000 people living in the nearby Place de la Paix Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.

The Port-au-Prince Salvation Army clinic has received supplies of soap, bleach, antibiotics and oral rehydration packets.  Operating in a temporary facility with limited space, the clinic has not been able to set up a treatment center but there is a treatment center operated by the Organization of International Ministry (OIM) in the IDP camp.  The Salvation Army works closely with the camp committee to provide adequate supplies for the center.

Bethel Clinic, the Salvation Army’s hospital in Fond des Negres, operates a cholera treatment center containing 17 beds.  That center was quickly filled and an additional site is being organized with the assistance of the Haitian government.  Captain Felix Ezeh, the clinic administrator, reports eight cholera-related deaths at the hospital.  A pressure washing machine was purchased to improve the clinic’s disinfecting protocols.

Cholera is an easily treated disease, but can be fatal if treatment is not started within three or four hours of becoming symptomatic.

Every area of Haiti is impacted by the epidemic and many Salvation Army corps (churches) and schools are reporting infections in their communities.  The Couyot community is of particular concern because access to medical assistance is a five-to-seven hour walk and patients could die before reaching treatment.  A supply of oral rehydration packets and bleach has been sent to Couyot.

The Salvation Army response to the cholera outbreak has been made possible through a donor from the Bahamas along with a grant from The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory.  

 

Report by Major Ron Busroe