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Salvation Army support Oklahoma Tornadoes

Oklahoma Tornadoes, May 2013

In May, tornadoes with winds of up to 340 km/h struck the southern American state of Oklahoma decimating multiple communities in the area and causing tragic loss of life and injury.The USA Salvation Army Disaster Response teams moved swiftly to provide food and hydration to people affected. Bottled water and cooked meals were provided to emergency workers and residents affected by the disaster. Mobile canteens were deployed across awide region and other practical help was made available, including household clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.

As well as material and financial assistance, The Salvation Army also provided pastoral care to survivors of the tornadoes. As a result of the devastation, many locals lost homes, livestock, cars, businesses and jobs. The Salvation Army USA are planning long-term recovery efforts into the new year as they continue to receive requests for all types of assistance.

In the month immediately following the tornadoes The Salvation Army provided:

  • 81,809 meals and 117,735 drinks
  • emotional and spiritual care to 13,046 individuals
  • 43,570 comfort kits
  • 6,784 clean up kits
  • 26,480 hours of employee and volunteer service.

The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in more than 125 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

In 2013 The Salvation Army worldwide has:

  • visited 240,415 prisoners
  • provided emergency relief (fire, flood etc.) to 1,190,524 people
  • assisted 1,299,878 with disaster rehabilitation schemes
  • provided general relief to 14,673,141 people
  • assisted 396,862 young people through community youth programmes
  • helped 439,184 people through night patrol/anti-suicide programmes
  • provided counselling to 408,378 people.