OKLAHOMA CITY – The Salvation Army responded immediately with emergency disaster services after tornadoes went through Northeastern Oklahoma and Northwestern Arkansas around 10:00 PM on Sunday evening.
In Benton County, Arkansas,150 homes were damaged with 50 destroyed, along with 30 – 50 chicken houses destroyed. In Delaware County, Oklahoma, 67 homes were damaged of which 36 were destroyed. Power outages continue in both communities.
In Benton County Arkansas, Major Wes Short reports a canteen was deployed following the storm. A crew of three served throughout the night. In addition, meals were served Monday to victims and emergency responders near Centerton where the storm caused the most damage. “Our canteen was deployed at 11:00 PM and we were on the scene immediately. We continue to offer services as needed. The spirit of helpfulness in this part of the country is wonderful. We appreciate all the support.”
Refreshments are also being served in Rogers and Bentonville where the damage is also severe. Six officers and six volunteers and* staff continue to work this disaster. The shelter in Rogers was made available; however, most individuals and families affected were able to find shelter with family and friends.
Oklahoma Emergency Management and FEMA officials called late Tuesday afternoon requesting feeding in the community of Colcord which is without power and will be without water for 3-4 days. Captain Ron Mott of Sapulpa is responding with a canteen and will provide meals, snacks, and water. The Salvation Army will continue to respond as long as they are needed.
Social Services will be available as needed from the Siloam Springs service unit and the Rogers Corps for both Benton County in Arkansas and Delaware County in Oklahoma. Assessments are being conducted to see how to meet both the short-term and long-term needs of the affected communities.