Media - Louden Deployed to OK - 5-22-13

Local Salvation Army Leader to Serve in Moore, OK

(Fort Myers, FL, May 22, 2013) Major Tom Louden, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties, has been appointed to serve as Incident Commander for The Salvation Army's relief efforts in Oklahoma.

Major Louden will be deployed on Monday, May 27, and will serve two full weeks, returning Monday, June 10. The Salvation Army leader has previously served in this capacity, most recently as Incident Commander for The Salvation Army's response to the tornadoes in Alabama and Mississippi in May 2011.

The Incident Commander is the on-site manager of the disaster relief operation, responsible for supervising the incident management assistance team and coordinating all emergency services and support operations. The Incident Commander must develop and implement a service delivery plan, ensure adequate staff and resources are available to fully implement the plan, monitor and approve financial expenditures, protect the physical and emotional well-being of Salvation Army disaster workers, and ensure that all aspects of the disaster relief operation reflect the mission and principles of The Salvation Army.

"It's an honor to represent southwest Florida in serving our fellow Americans in Moore, OK," said Major Tom Louden. "Although it is a devastating and terrible tragedy, it is in moments like these that we see the best of who we are as a nation and people, caring for our neighbors experiencing such loss. Thank you for your continued support of the affected communities and The Salvation Army as we serve."
Tomorrow, May 23, The Salvation Army will participate in a local Lee County Emergency Management training held at the new EOC building from 8 am to 12 pm. The Salvation Army's emergency disaster canteen will be on-site to prepare and serve 100 meals from its mobile feeding unit, which is capable of serving 1,500 meals per day during disaster response.

Local volunteers who would be interested in working with The Salvation Army in the event of a disaster should call 278-1551.

Oklahoma City, OK (May 21, 2013) -The Salvation Army continues to respond to areas affected by a series of tornadoes that occurred this past Sunday and Monday. Service area includes Carney, Shawnee, Cleveland County and Moore, Oklahoma.

Since service began on Sunday evening through 5:00 PM this (Tuesday) afternoon, The Salvation Army has provided 4,314 meals, 5,552 drinks and over 2,500 snacks. Additionally, emotional and spiritual care has been provided to over 100 persons, including first responders as well as those affected by the tornadoes.
Meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual care are being provided by crews and mobile feeding units from Hot Springs, Jonesboro and Pine Bluff, Arkansas alongside Central Oklahoma Area Command, Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, McAlester, Muskogee, Shawnee and Tulsa, Oklahoma.