The Salvation Army Responds to Deadly Ternado in Moore, Oklahoma in 2013

May 27, 2013 7:00 PM (Moore, OK)
The Salvation Army continues emergency disaster response to survivors of the tornado outbreak that occurred May 19 and May 20. Eighteen (18) canteens have been deployed in response to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care. Canteens from Arkansas and Oklahoma from the following communities are involved: Ardmore, Bartlesville, El Dorado, Enid, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Lawton, McAlester, Mountain Home, Muskogee, Northwest Arkansas, Oklahoma City, Pine Bluff, Ponca City, Shawnee, and Tulsa. In addition, the Texas-Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International donated a canteen a few years ago and that is being deployed along with a group of Kiwanians.

Salvation Army disaster response personnel from around the country have been mobilized to respond to this event. In addition to Arkansas and Oklahoma, personnel have been mobilized from ten (10) states: AL, AR, FL, GA, KS, LA, MA, MS, PA, TX and the District of Columbia. The personnel include volunteers, employees, and Salvation Army officers trained in disaster response. The Salvation Army has set up an incident command team from personnel in AR, OK and TX. A new team arrives tomorrow from Florida to relieve local disaster personnel who have been on the ground since the first onslaught of tornadoes on Sunday.

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Moore, OK (May 21, 2013 - 2:10 AM)
The Salvation Army is on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma with multiple canteens and personnel coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado. We continue to provide service to hard hit areas from yesterdays' 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 we are needed. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at,, and for additional information.

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

  1. Donors are encouraged to give online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  2. 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."*
  3. Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to: The Salvation Army | PO Box 12600 | Oklahoma City, OK 73157
Your donations make a real difference.

  1. A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  2. 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
  3. A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  4. A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  5. A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

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