Leesburg Florida Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

Leesburg Florida Salvation Army Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

Leesburg Florida Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

Leesburg Florida Salvation Army Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

At approximately 11:30pm on Monday, July 29, a massive explosion occurred at the Blue Rhino Propane Plant in Tavares, Florida about 20 minutes northeast of Leesburg Florida. Twenty-four employees were working at the plant when the blast occurred. Eight individuals were injured during the blast and transported to local hospitals in the area for treatment.

The Salvation Army, Leesburg Corps, responded to the scene that evening with an Emergency Disaster Services truck loaded with drinks, snacks and whatever else they could think to bring stated Lt. Matt Hedgren, recently appointed corps officer for Leesburg, Florida.

“I heard what appeared to sound like thunder or even music from my living room last night, but knew it was something bad when I stepped into the street and saw the orange glow”. Lt Hedgren said he jumped in his car and drove to a nearby lake and said he could see the fire from there, which was about twenty minutes away.

As a result of the explosion, 150 people were evacuated to a local emergency shelter at the First United Methodist Church in Tavares. Lt. Hedgren met with families of the plant workers and provided Emotional and Spiritual Care. In coordination with the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Leesburg Corps served 300 drinks and snacks.

The Salvation Army Leesburg Emergency Disaster Services team will continue to monitor the situation and provide services where necessary.

For the latest emergency disaster services news follow EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

 
 
 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army is Prepared for Tropical Storm Flossie

The Salvation Army is Prepared for Tropical Storm Flossie

Approaching Tropical Storm Flossie has The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services on all Hawaiian islands prepared to respond. The Salvation Army has an established presence on Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai and as such we are in place to respond to the community as needs arise and where the most need. The Salvation Army in Lahaina, Maui County, has had its shelter doors open since 9:00 AM today. Water and food is prepared and ready for distribution to the community, should the need arise. The Salvation Army on Oahu and Kaua`i are currently on standby and ready to respond.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
“In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, The Salvation Army is equipped and ready to serve the public in the event of major disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes. The Army has mobile canteens capable of serving hot meals and distributing basic supplies during times of crisis. The canteens also serve as an outreach to feed the homeless and provide not only a hand-out, but also a hand-up to the down-trodden to help them back on their feet.” www.salvationarmyhawaii.org “While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.”

Mission of The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Victor Leonardi, Divisional Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator

Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division
2950 Manoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822
Direct Tel.: (808) 440-1834 Direct Fax: (808) 440-1934

Who Will Be The Next Salvation Army General?

Who Will Be The Next Salvation Army General?

Who Will Be The Next Salvation Army General?

Who will be the next Salvation Army general?

The Salvation Army has gathered The High Council to elect a new General for the worldwide organization. The High Council meets for one purpose: to prayerfully choose the next world leader of The Salvation Army. The 2013 High Council consists of 117 members (64 women and 53 men) made up of all the active commissioners and all territorial leaders (some territories are led by colonels), each of whom was summoned by the Chief of the Staff for the sole purpose of electing a new General. Keep them in prayer!

On This Day In History: Apollo 15 Launched, 1971

On This Day In History: Apollo 15 Launched, 1971

Apollo 15 Launched, 1971: On This Day In History, July 26

Apollo 15 launched, 1971: On This Day In History, July 26

Apollo 15 Insignia

In 1971, Apollo 15 launched as the fourth mission to land men on the Moon. It also was the first mission to use a lunar rover, and ninth manned mission in the Apollo Program. In December 1972, Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot, Colonel James B. Irwin, a Christian and supporter of The Salvation Army, presented Salvation Army General Erik Wickberg a color photo of him at the “Missionary Headquarters on the Moon!”

When Colonel James Irwin took his first steps on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 15 Mission, he was only the eighth man to do so!

Doing The Most Good!

In December 1972, Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot, Colonel James B. Irwin, a Christian and supporter of The Salvation Army, presented Salvation Army General Erik Wickberg a color photo of him at the "Missionary Headquarters on the Moon!"

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Tulsa Salvation Army Serves Neighbors After Storms Hit

Tulsa Salvation Army Serves Neighbors After Storms

Tulsa, Oklahoma (July 25, 2013)—On the evening of Tuesday, July 23, Tulsa Oklahoma was hammered by a thunderstorm with winds up to 76 miles per hour and lightening that started fires across the metro and surrounding areas. With nearly 100,000 households without power, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responded providing much needed food and hydration in the areas most affected by Tuesday night’s storms. On the first day out the canteen served 319 meals, 441 drinks and 226 snacks. The mobile feeding unit continues to roam neighborhoods in the Tulsa metro area stocked with sandwiches, water/Gatorade, snacks and lawn/debris bags to help bring a little relief to those affected, as well as those who are responding to the emergency.

One special trip was made Wednesday evening to an apartment complex that had been without power for more than 18 hours. A resident called to because the complex hadn’t received help from anyone and that the population was hungry and in need. Although the crew had been dispersed for the day, Major James Taylor grabbed volunteer coordinator, Jenny McElyea, and they headed out to help however they could.

Upon arrival they were greeted with a chorus of “God bless you’s” and appreciative faces, both young and old. “We stayed until we gave away everything we had on the truck,” Major James Taylor said.

To support The Salvation Army ministry efforts with a $10 gift, text* TULSA to 85944.

 

 

 

 

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 broad 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.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & 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 TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China Following 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response In China

A disaster assessment Team has been dispatched by The Salvation Army to Dingxi City in the Gansu Province of China following an earthquake which struck in the morning of 23 July. The tremors had a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale, causing significant damage to infrastructure and leaving many people homeless. State media reports that at least 75 people were killed and 450 injured, with scores still unaccounted for.

Meeting local officials on arrival, the team from The Salvation Army’s Hong Kong and Macau Command were escorted directly to one of the worst-affected areas – the Ma Jia Ko village of Mai Chun township. The immediate response included a comprehensive needs assessment for the survivors and a visit to patients in a local hospital who had been injured by the quake.

The team, led by Envoy Simon Wong and Major Tony Ma, distributed instant noodles and preserved vegetables to community members most seriously affected by the destruction. Pastoral support was also given to families who had been bereaved.

After a full evaluation of the longer-term requirements, the team will return to Hong Kong next week and submit a proposal to the government for funding to assist the survivors in the next phase of recovery.

More photos found here.

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Salvation Army Ramps Up Mountain Fire Relief In California

Salvation Army Ramps Up Mountain Fire Relief

Idyllwild, CA (July 19, 2013)—The Salvation Army ramps up Mountain Fire relief as the rapidly growing Mountain Fire nears Idyllwild and Palm Springs, increasing both its on-the-ground efforts and its preparation for long-term assistance.

The Army has command posts in Hemet and Cathedral City so it can provide relief and support to evacuees and first responders at both the front and back end of the fire. Relief canteens (mobile feeding units) and trucks are handing out water and snacks at the turnaround points law enforcement has set up to keep people out of potentially dangerous areas. Mobile units are roaming to assist stranded motorists or any one else needing hydration.

Both the Hemet and Cathedral City Salvation Army Corps Community Centers have large kitchens where volunteers can prepare meals as needed. Dozens of volunteers including short wave radio operators are on notice that they may be needed at any time should the situation become worse and evacuations increase. Units from San Bernardino, Riverside, Moreno Valley and Murietta are on alert to join The Salvation Army in Hemet and Cathedral City.

The Salvation Army Family (thrift) store in Perris is preparing vouchers to help those who will need clothing as well as household items for long term assistance in rebuilding.

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the wildfires, followed by our hands,” said Lt. Tony Poe of Hemet. “Our Salvation Army officers are ordained ministers who can provide emotional and spiritual support as well as those tangibles such as water, snacks, a good meal.”

“When we serve the adults and children, uncertainty and fear shows in their eyes despite their brave smiles. Along with hydration and food, spiritual comfort is our priority. We appreciate all of our community volunteers and those who give so generously to help these folks who clearly are hurting,” says Lt. Sean Kelsey of the Cathedral City Salvation Army in the Coachella Valley.

Monetary donations are the best way to help in a disaster. Please designate MOUNTAIN FIRE RELIEF.

Donors can give online:

https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/sierradelmar/mountainfire.

Donors can give by mail:

The Salvation Army Dick and Beverly Davis Corps Community Center
30-400 Landau Boulevard, Cathedral City, CA 92234

or

The Salvation Army Pearl E. Rogers Corps Community Center in Hemet
340 S. Palm Avenue, Hemet, CA 92543

** We are expecting minimum recovery/relief efforts for the evacuees.

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Massive Overnight Fire at Camp Keystone as Dining Hall Erupts in Flames

Massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone

The massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone (Florida Division) that destroyed the camp’s largest building—its dining hall—on Saturday did not prevent various summer camp programs from continuing.

The Florida Fire Marshal’s office, which is still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, says the three-alarm fire started in the laundry area of the building and caused an estimated $3 million in damage.

More than 300 campers and staff were sleeping when a Bradford County deputy discovered the fire about 2 a.m. Two-dozen fire crews from Bradford and Clay counties and the city of Starke assisted in fighting the massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone that destroyed the building.

Those campers in a cabin closest to the dining hall were evacuated. No one was injured in the fire. The dining hall, originally built in the mid 1970’s, has undergone renovations in the last few years, but is now a charred shell.

The annual Music Conservatory final concert went ahead as planned with a capacity audience from parents and friends around the division. One counsellor was reported to say to the media “They were singing & dancing in the tabernacle just like nothing ever happened.” On Saturday morning breakfast consisted of Pop Tarts and juice. The counsellor also stated “so the day is going on fine.” The Jacksonville Area Command canteen arrived and served through the weekend.

Later on Sunday, a 53 ft mobile feeding kitchen rolled into Camp from the Divisional Emergency Disaster Services base in Tampa. The kitchen, having seen service at hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, will now provide meals for campers and staff for the remainder of the camping season.

Please pray for Captains Platt the newly appointed Divisional Youth Secretaries; Tony & Pam Bellis, camp caretakers, staff and campers at Keystone.

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 broad 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.

Commissioner George Scott Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton Dies: On This Day In History, July 19

Commissioner George Scott Railton dies at age 64

“I am going to heaven. Meet me there.” –G.S. Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton dies at age 64 in Germany en route to Switzerland, in 1913. He was second in command of The Salvation Army to founder General William Booth and the first commissioner of The Salvation Army. His faithfulness and devotion to the Lord and the Army is evident in this note that he had written if ever found:
“To the police:
G.S. Railton, for years, since 1898, suffered from heart weakness.
Address: 101 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC
If found anywhere dead or unconscious please:
If dead- bury on the spot as quickly and cheaply as possible, reporting as above.
If a church close by will bury, good.
If not, do not trouble, but report.
If found unconscious, get into any hospital. I do not want to burden anyone.
You can rely on The Salvation Army to pay any really needed costs, as of a poor man, no flowers.
101 will report to my dear wife and family; but I do not want any of them to have the cost and misery of coming to bury or nurse me.
My love to everyone. Amen. I am going to heaven. Meet me there.”

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The Salvation Army Is Transitioning To Long-Term Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma

The Salvation Army is transitioning to long-term disaster recovery in Oklahoma throughout the month of May 2013.

Oklahoma City, OK (July 17, 2013)—The Salvation Army is transitioning to long-term disaster recovery in Oklahoma throughout the month of May 2013. Recovery services, which will include everything from food and financial assistance to emotional care and rebuilding efforts for families and individuals who have been impacted by the tornadoes, floods and other severe weather, will continue for at least the next 24 months. The Salvation Army will utilize “2013 Oklahoma Storm” donations and work alongside other relief organizations to ensure that all needs are met.

“Transitioning to a long-term recovery effort is an important step, not just for The Salvation Army, but also for the individuals and families who lost so much during these devastating storms,”

said Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army is committed to making sure that donations given for this disaster will be used to continue to provide assistance to storm survivors.”

Thanks to generous donations from the American public, The Salvation Army has raised approximately $12 million to date for relief efforts in Oklahoma. All donations for the “2013 Oklahoma Storm” will be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to survivors of the storms that affected the state.

The Salvation Army has committed $4 million to response operations since the first tornadoes struck the state on May 18. Salvation Army disaster personnel activated 31 mobile kitchens and opened a 100,000 sq. ft. distribution center, providing more than:

  • 89,477 meals
  • 129,181 drinks
  • 170,379 snacks
  • 14,728 individuals received emotional and spiritual care
  • 51,988 comfort kits
  • 10,249 Clean Up Kits
  • 28,891 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • 6,381 cases opened and services provided to 31,208 with assistance through distribution of cards, vouchers, and referrals

The Salvation Army also provided survivors with blankets, Bibles, brooms, rakes, shovels, wheel barrows, totes, food boxes, infant supplies and cases of water.

The Salvation Army also participated in Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in Carney, Little Axe, Shawnee, El Reno and Moore; all have now closed in preparation to the transition to long-term recovery. Along with other partner agencies, The Salvation Army plans to participate in the Multi-Agency Long-Term Recovery Center. In anticipation of opening soon, a call center, led by the American Red Cross, has been set up to begin recording qualifying cases. Call center staff will do intake along with casework teams who are available to respond and/or collect information for follow up on an as needed basis. The number to the call center is 866-477-7276.

Working in cooperation with partner agencies, The Salvation Army is developing plans to allocate approximately $8 million toward long-term disaster recovery assistance.

Recovery Phase
  • The Salvation Army will participate in the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project to conduct disaster case management for individuals and families in need of long term recovery.
  • The Salvation Army has also allocated funds to meet survivors unmet recovery needs that have not been covered by federal disaster assistance or private insurance.
  • The Salvation Army is also committed to helping Oklahomans to be better prepared and protected from future disasters. The Salvation Army has allocated funds for Youth and Senior Outreach programs and Mitigation efforts to help families better protect themselves from future storms.

“In Oklahoma, The Salvation Army has seen a new level of need. As we transition to long-term recovery efforts, we are incorporating experiences we have learned from past disaster response operations, but looking forward, we may encounter a need that is new and unplanned,” said Major Morris.

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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 a broad 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.