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Salvation Army Provides Warm Meals To Those In The Cold

The Enid Salvation Army was deployed to Lahoma, Oklahoma yesterday at the request of the Lahoma Mayor and county emergency management. Lahoma is a small town, population around 600, in Garfield County where many power outages were reported across the county.

The response comes after a winter storm impacted much of Oklahoma Sunday through Monday Weather Conditions: The storm brought rain, snow, sleet and some hail with it. In parts of Northwest Oklahoma, snow accumulated from 8-12 inches with isolated areas reporting more. Notable is 15 inches at Woodward and 17 inches in Alva. High winds caused snow drifts of up to six feet. Impacts: Multiple roads and highways remain closed in Northwestern Oklahoma. As of yesterday, there were still over 60,000 power outages. Garfield County / Enid Emergency Management reports up to 9 – 10 inches of snow fell and over 20,000 homes and businesses lost power.

Enid, OK: Major John Dancer, Enid Commanding Officer, reports the mobile feeding unit (canteen) served at the Lahoma City Hall. A team of four served 178 meals, 348 drinks and snacks. They also provided emotional and spiritual care to those in need. One of the volunteers was giving of her time even as her residence remained without power. The team will serve again on Wednesday providing lunch and dinner. Salvation Army personnel are working with State emergency management officials and other VOAD agencies to coordinate services and provide assistance to residents in Oklahoma.

Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org. Updates will be provided as additional information is forthcoming.

Oklahoma Prepares for Winter Storm

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 24, 2013)—The National Weather Service has issued Blizzard and/or Winter Storm Warnings for Northwestern to Central Oklahoma. A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued for most of the rest of Oklahoma and much of Arkansas. Parts of Arkansas are under a flood warning.

Weather Conditions:

An approaching winter storm is due to strike much of Oklahoma tonight through Tuesday. Significant accumulations of snow are expected; in some areas close to 14” is predicted, as well as thunderstorms in portions of Oklahoma as well. Wind gusts of up to 55 mph are expected on during some of the heaviest snow causing white out conditions.

Impacts:

Travel could become impossible in much of Oklahoma including the I-40 corridor west of Oklahoma City. Isolated power outages are possible.

Coordination Efforts:

The Salvation Army is represented at the Oklahoma Emergency Operations Center. The Salvation Army in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has taken steps to alert all Corps and Commands of the impending weather as well as providing updated weather conditions to allow each area to prepare in the event they are asked to respond.

Salvation Army personnel will be working with emergency management officials and other VOAD agencies to coordinate services and provide assistance to residents in both Arkansas and Oklahoma due to impending weather conditions.

Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Updates will be provided as additional information is forthcoming.