Salvation Army Teams Serving and Anticipating Residents Return in West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 19, 2013)—Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams from Waco, Temple, and Dallas continued to serve first responders and residents of West, Texas, on Friday.

Following the fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday evening several Salvation Army disaster teams, consisting of both staff and volunteers, have arrived to relieve others who have been faithfully serving for long hours at a time. A Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) from Abilene arrived today to support those in place at the Emergency Operations Center, Incident Command, and the relief staging area. So far 28 Salvation Army personnel have served for a total of 210 hours.

The overall response is gradually transitioning towards the return of the citizens of West after the majority of people were evacuated on Wednesday evening. Search and rescue operations were concluded today and authorities anticipate housing assessments will commence early on Saturday followed by the re-entry of the residents.

“The people of West are understandably anxious about returning to their homes,” commented Major Dan Ford, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army. “Many have been gone since Wednesday night and they are concerned about their homes and belongings. The Salvation Army will be prepared to help in any way possible as they return home.”

First responders were again appreciative of the refreshment supplied by The Salvation Army canteens as they continued searching the devastated area close to the blast site. As he left the canteen having received a snack and a cup of coffee, one firefighter commented, “Thank you for all you do. We know we can always rely on The Salvation Army.”

The Salvation Army has provided 2,057 meals, 1,621 drinks (coffee, soda, juice and water) and 797 snacks since Thursday morning.

People from throughout Texas, and beyond, are coming forward to assist as best they can. Indeed, the owner of Tin Roof BBQ & Steaks, a restaurant in Atascocita, Texas, near Houston, offered to donate a large quantity of food after they experienced an electrical fire on Wednesday evening that meant they were unable to open for business. Not only did they donate food but they also transported it all the way from Houston to Waco; a round trip of more than a 400 miles! Thank you to Tin Roof BBQ & Steaks and everyone who continues to support The Salvation Army relief effort in West.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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 the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

First Responders and Survivors in West, Texas, Receive Ongoing Support from The Salvation Army

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Dallas, TX (April 18, 2013)—As day break arrived the enormity of the task facing first responders in West, Texas, became apparent following the massive fertilizer plant explosion that devastated the city.

Despite overnight pouring rain and rapidly dropping temperatures, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams have worked tirelessly since the early hours of Thursday morning to provide support to survivors and local law enforcement as search and rescue teams checked houses and apartments throughout the city of only 2,800 residents for survivors.

Five Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from various locations in North Central Texas, each with the capacity to feed up to 2,500 meals each day, were strategically positioned in the area; at the West Community Center, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Command Post and two units at the Emergency Operations Center, closest to the blast site.

Major Dan Ford, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army, said, “The Salvation Army is working hard to support the first responders and citizens of West, with food and spiritual counseling services. We lift up our hearts with the prayers of our fellow Texans for the hurting of this tight knit community.”

Since arriving in West, The Salvation Army has provided 1,623 hot and cold meals, 1,211 drinks (coffee, soda, juice and water) and 442 snacks. This assistance will continue for the foreseeable future as The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the residents of this community as they return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.

Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas commented, “The Salvation Army counts it a privilege to be able to serve the people of West and first responders involved in this tragedy and we pray for everyone involved. We look forward to helping wherever possible with continued food service, emotional and spiritual care, and prayer.”

The Salvation Army is unable to accept in kind donations at this time. By far the most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West, Texas, is by making a financial contribution:

• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235

• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY

• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 

 

 

 

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 the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

CBS 11 to put on a 2.5 hour Telethon for West, Texas

This afternoon and tonight, CBS-11, our disaster services partner, will be putting on a 2.5 hour mini-telethon to raise funds for the Army’s response to the West, Texas Explosion. The mini-telethon will be from 4pm to 6:30pm CST. Staff from DFWMC and volunteers from Albertson’s and possibly the Dallas Cowboys will be staffing the phone bank.

All funds raised will be channeled through our state office (DHQ) and distributed to meet needs in West.

The Salvation Army Responding at Large Explosion in West, Texas

Dallas, TX (April 18, 2013)—The Salvation Army is responding after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, Texas, just before 8:00 PM, Wednesday evening. The Salvation Army quickly mobilized support teams and by midnight had deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to the area.

The massive blast, that measured 2.1 on the Richter scale, was felt as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. It is estimated that between 50-75 homes have been damaged or destroyed including a 50 unit apartment complex. More than 170 people have been hospitalized with multiple fatalities at the scene.

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The Salvation Army is providing refreshment and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders at several locations in and around West. Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from Waco, Corsicana, Waxahachie, Fort Worth and Williamson County are all serving at the scene. Major Dan Ford, Commanding Officer of the Waco Salvation Army, is the Incident Commander coordinating The Salvation Army response with city and state emergency personnel.

The temperature has dropped dramatically overnight with heavy rain moving into the area. The Salvation Army has 50 cases of rain suits, jackets and blankets to distribute. This morning The Salvation Army is preparing to serve breakfast to 500 people and as the situation develops will remain ready to serve as long as needed.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West, Texas, is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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 the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Responds to Explosion At Chemical Plant in Texas

The Salvation Army in Texas were soon on the scene of the chemical plant explosion that has devastated the small town of West, Texas.

As of midnight Wednesday, several Salvation Army mobile feeding units (canteens) had been deployed to the affected area with food, drinks and personnel ready to respond with assistance, emotional and Spiritual care.

Further updated information will follow as it released.

The Salvation Army Continues Service Following Boston Marathon Tragedy

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The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, following the explosions that occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, which resulted in at least three deaths and left more than 140 people injured.

Four Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) were positioned at various sites throughout the city, including the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center at the Park Plaza Castle, and Kenmore Square. The canteens were mobilized to Boston from nearby Salvation Army locations in Malden, Fitchburg, New Bedford, and Springfield. The Salvation Army will remain on-site at the Family Assistance Center as long as support is needed.

As of this afternoon, 2,229 meals, snacks and beverages were supplied to the survivors, families and first responders. The survivors and first responders also received emotional and spiritual care from 12 Salvation Army officers and 23 Salvation Army staff and volunteers. Eight Salvation Army officers were also deployed to each of the area hospitals where the injured were transported to be on-hand if pastoral care was needed.

The Salvation Army is in constant communication with city and state emergency personnel, and will continue to provide support as needed and requested. The Salvation Army is collaborating with the Office of Emergency Management, the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Police Department, Sparks, the American Red Cross, the Department of Child, Youth and Families (DCYF), Riverside Trauma, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

“The Salvation Army will be on-site for as long as needed to provide support. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and all who were impacted by the explosions,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations & Development Secretary.

The Salvation Army is extremely gratified for the continued support of the public. At this time, the best way to be of assistance is to make a financial contribution at www.salvationarmyma.org/marathonrelief.

Personnel trained in crisis response are providing service. If you would like to volunteer for future needs or to be trained in disaster response, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Please continue to pray for those so dramatically impacted by this tragedy.

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 the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

On This Day In History: April 16

In 1906, The Salvation Army Year Book was issued. Today, The Salvation Army Year Book provides statistics, addresses, phone numbers and information relating to programs run by The Salvation Army worldwide! The 2013 Year Book contains: global reports and photos from the 126 countries in which the Army works, with up-to-date facts and figures on the Army’s international mission full-color photographs. You could buy a copy for yourself, and a few extra to give to those who would like to know more about the worldwide mission of The Salvation Army!

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Update on The Salvation Army’s Response in Boston, MA

Boston Marathon Response Canteen

An update from Major Dave Kelly, the Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army’s Massachusettes Division:

The Salvation Army positioned three canteens at various sites, as requested by city leadership and first responders. Two of those sites finished up service earlier in the evening, but the City set up a central gathering place for those most impacted by the bombing. The central gathering place is at the large, civic function annex of the Park Plaza hotel….interestingly, the same location we use for our Christmas distribution program. Meals were being served by the Army, and the Boston Mental Health Department, with whom we have an existing close relationship from other events, was also on hand to provide support. Many emergency services personnel came, as well as some runners, and others impacted by the bombing or resulting building evacuations.

In addition to the canteens providing service, Salvation Army officers were sent to each of the area hospitals (where the injured were transported) to be on hand if pastoral care was needed. We thank God for the meaningful conversations that occurred during this difficult time.

I am deeply grateful for the quick response, compassionate spirits, and heart for ministry with which our officers, staff, and volunteers responded. Canteens from Malden, Fitchburg, New Bedford, and Springfield were all on hand to provide assistance, serve meals, and to encourage and support. Special thanks to the The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) for arranging for the delivery of some clothing items to assist those runners who were still wearing their running gear many hours after the race had been suspended. The Army was well represented by the actions of our people, and “a cup of cold water in Jesus name” will long be remembered by those who came to us for help and support.

A canteen will be on duty throughout the evening, and we will be providing breakfast in the morning at the “Castle” (as Bostonians would know that facility), and additional meals as needed throughout the day.

On This Day In History: April 15

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In 1955, Ray Kroc opens the first McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. In October 2003, when his wife, Joan Kroc, passed away, she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army – the largest single gift to any single charity ever given! This gift was designated to build a series of state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers. Did you know that Texas has its very own Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center in Kerrville?! Check out their awesome new website!

Salvation Army Providing Support in Boston, MA

Boston Marathon Response Canteen

Boston, MA (April 15, 2013) – The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, after two explosions occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line this afternoon. The blasts caused at least two deaths and dozens of injuries for runners and spectators.

Salvation Army officers and volunteers are en route to the scene with two canteens (mobile kitchens) to provide spiritual and emotional support; one to the staging area for emergency responders, and one where families are gathering. In addition to food and beverage services, officers who are trained in crisis counseling will be at the relevant locations to provide emotional and spiritual care.

The Salvation Army is in constant communication with city and state emergency personnel, and will be providing support as needed and requested.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and all who were impacted by the explosions.

To support The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/.