The Salvation Army Provides Relief Following Arkansas Tornados

Emergency Disaster Services Teams Activated in Affected States

Alexandria, Virginia (April 28, 2014) – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are providing food, beverages and spiritual support to survivors and first responders in impacted areas following the severe weather and tornados that passed through Arkansas and Oklahoma yesterday, including the hardest-hit communities of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. Disaster response teams have been deployed to assess damage, and personnel are collaborating with emergency management groups at the local, county and state levels to help.

Multiple locations in Arkansas have sustained damage due to strong weather that passed through the area beginning at 4 p.m. central time yesterday afternoon; Quapaw, Oklahoma, also sustained storm damage yesterday. The Salvation Army has deployed mobile feeding units across the affected areas.   

Severe weather is expected to continue today, and Salvation Army disaster teams are prepared to respond should storms continue to grow.

 Monetary donations are a critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • To support relief and long-term recovery efforts, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • Text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Donations in the form of checks designated to Arkansas Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301

For more information on The Salvation Army’s response, visit or

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy:**Text STOP to 80888 to stop; text HELP to 80888 for help.**

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit