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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 caused damage to many homes and businesses just one week ago.  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 killed in 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 /EllisCounty. 

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 the latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyEDS, @SalArmyAOKEDS, and @SalArmyAOK.  Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyaok.org and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK.

 

As significant inland flooding and power outages remain a major concern, The Salvation Army is continuing significant response efforts post-Irene.

  • Salvation Army resources, including dozens of mobile canteen units each able to serve more than 1,500 meals per day, are on the move throughout the East Coast and inland, responding to calls from federal, state and local agencies requesting assistance. 
  • This work ranges from feeding at shelters to providing drinking water at nursing homes to handing out pillows and blankets to National Guard troops. 
  • Meanwhile, crews in the Outerbanks of North Carolina have deployed to feed more than 2,400 people stranded on the barrier islands with food, water and other immediate needs.

 

The Salvation Army is committed to respond not just to short-term needs, but also long-term recovery efforts in impacted regions.

  • A Salvation Army canteen able to serve more than 500 people moved into the flood-stricken town of Ludlow, VT to provide meals for emergency workers and survivors.
  • At Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh, New York, The Salvation Army handed out blankets, pillows and sheets to National Guard troops deployed to help with the response.
  • The Salvation Army has already served some 15,000 meals to first responders and evacuees in New Jersey.
  • Three canteens have served nearly 2,000 meals and snacks as well as cleanup kits throughout the Philadelphia and Delaware region.
  • The Salvation Army in New York City has secured 1,000 clean-up kits for deployment to the Mid-Hudson region.
  • The Salvation Army is serving meals and delivering clean-up kits to hundreds of people in Greenfield, MA and other flooded towns in the western part of the state.
  • In the southern United States– from the Carolinas to Maryland, The Salvation Army has served more than 60,000 meals, snacks and drinks and handed out hundreds of clean-up kits.

 

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

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • 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.”*
  • Checks should be sent to Disaster Gift ProcessingCenter, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designated “2011 Hurricane Season.”