The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado Outbreak in Multiple Areas in Oklahoma

April 20, 2023
Cynthia Fuller | | (405) 830-6549

The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado Outbreak in Multiple Areas in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK (April 20, 2023) – A strong storm system crossed Oklahoma on Wednesday evening leaving death and destruction in its wake.  In Central Oklahoma, Cole and Shawnee were struck by tornadoes leaving significant damage. The National Weather Service has confirmed nine tornadoes from the evening of April 19. Even as storms threatened other parts of the state, The Salvation Army of Arkansas and Oklahoma immediately went into emergency disaster response mode. Sadly, at least two deaths have been confirmed with others anticipated and/or many injuries.

On Thursday, Central Oklahoma Area Command will be responding in McClain County (Cole) by providing breakfast at the request of emergency management.  They will also provide hydration and emotional and spiritual care.

In Pottawatomie County (Shawnee), The Salvation Army of Shawnee will be responding with their rapid response unit, as well as an additional unit from Ardmore to help serve first responders and those impacted by the tornadoes.

This remains an evolving situation.  Further details will be provided as additional assessments are made. The Salvation Army will be working closely with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) partners, first responders, emergency management at the local and state levels to ascertain what the needs are for emergency response.

Financial donations can be made at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts. For the latest Salvation Army disaster information please go to and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at and and

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