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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.

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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 Supporting Memorial Services in West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 25, 2013)—The Salvation Army has been asked to support the Memorial services of those who tragically lost their lives as a result of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. A canteen and staff from The Salvation Army in San Angelo will be onsite at each Memorial service providing refreshment and emotional and spiritual support to the families and friends at this very difficult time.

Six Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) continue to serve in West, including the Dallas Fort Worth Catering Truck which is moving between affected neighborhoods assisting residents. After a full week of service The Salvation Army has served 5,439 meals, 5,854 drinks, and 3,285 snacks. We are so grateful to our committed Officers, staff and volunteers who have so far given a combined total of 3,155 hours of service.

The Salvation Army warehouse in Waco has received a steady flow of donations and is now housing all of the overflow donations from the City of West, which currently stands at 20 truckloads, the majority of which is clothing. These donations will be sorted and distributed to residents in West over the coming days.

More than 120 families have met with The Salvation Army case workers at the Joint Assistance Center and all received gift cards to assist with their immediate needs. The Salvation Army is also providing assistance to those who have lost employment at the fertilizer plant, nursing home, and other businesses directly affected by the disaster.

It is anticipated that The Salvation Army feeding operations will continue at least through the weekend, possibly scaling down to three units at the beginning of next week. Major Shannon Winters (McKinney) and Major LeighAnn Craddock (Dallas Temple) will remain in West providing emotional and spiritual counseling through Friday. The Majors have prayed with more than 260 individuals and families this week.

News was received yesterday that Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, has made a $100,000 gift to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in West, through his family’s charitable organization. The Dallas Cowboys and Jones family are great friends and partners of The Salvation Army, and indeed Charlotte Anderson Jones is the current National Advisory Board Chair. The Jones family said that they hope their gift will inspire others to support The Salvation Army’s relief work in West.

The best way to support the ongoing relief work in West is by making a financial donation. This can be made in the following ways:
• 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.

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The Salvation Army Remains in West, TX, as Residents Begin Long Term Recovery

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Dallas, TX (April 22, 2013)—After seeing their home in the devastated community of West for the first time since the explosion, a couple said, “We cried when we first drove up. But walking through the broken glass we realized that everything in the house is repairable and replaceable. We are so lucky to have our lives, we can fix the rest. It’s going to be alright.”

Local authorities have completed the initial damage assessment of the area concluding that 73 homes have been completed destroyed, 59 homes sustained major damage, a further 78 residences have minor damage, and an additional 61 homes have been affected in other ways. Two phases of residents were allowed to return to their homes today before the 7:00 PM curfew was invoked with two more phases expected to return tomorrow.

A Joint Assistance Center (JAC) has been established at 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive in West, as one central location where residents can have access to assistance from a range of relief agencies. Social Services Staff from The Salvation Army in Waco will be responsible to process applications from residents and provide support, Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-7:00 PM, in the form of Walmart gift cards, counseling and case management. One Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) will remain at the JAC, another will work in the affected neighborhoods, with the remaining two units covering the Community Center and the Command Post. It is anticipated that the canteen services will continue for at least the coming week.

Since the response began within hours of the fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday evening The Salvation Army has provided 2,945 meals, 2,526 drinks, and 1,385 snacks. So far, Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers have served for a combined number of 1,985 hours. As people return to their homes it is anticipated that spiritual care will become a key aspect of The Salvation Army response. To date, 137 residents and first responders have received prayer and spiritual care.

Major Dan Ford, Incident Commander, has been coordinating warehouse operations at 101 Apron Rd in Waco. Some donations have been received locally but this location will be focused on assisting the local jurisdiction and McClennan County with overflow from West and other donation collection sites around the region. The warehouse will be open each day from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, or for more information, please call (254) 379-2430. The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations at this location.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing 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

Please continue to pray for the residents of West and for the many first responders and relief agencies who are working so hard to provide life’s basic necessities and assistance as the long road to recovery begins.

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.

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The Salvation Army Establishes Warehouse as Residents Return to West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 21, 2013)—Four Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) continued service, Saturday, in West, Texas. Since response began on Thursday morning The Salvation Army has provided 2,371 meals, 1,987 drinks (coffee, soda, juice and water) and 1,050 snacks.

Residents were briefly allowed back to view their homes today and it is expected that the community will gradually be cleared by authorities to return permanently on Sunday. The Salvation Army, along with many other agencies, are preparing for this transition in focus, from the immediate needs of those affected by the disaster, to the longer term recovery.

Meanwhile, about 20 miles north in Waco, more than 100 volunteers worked on Saturday to help The Salvation Army at their staging warehouse. This warehouse, located at 101 Apron Rd in Waco, will be used to sort, store and then distribute supplies to be used in the response effort. The warehouse will be open each day from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, or for more information, please contact Jennifer Moya, Public Relations & Media Director for The Salvation Army in Waco, at (254) 379-2430. The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations at this location.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing 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

As residents return to West, The Salvation Army has plans to establish Comfort Stations in the hardest hit neighborhoods. Each Comfort Station will have the ability to delivers refreshment and will also have at least one staff member trained in Spiritual and Emotional Care to provide counseling to individuals and families.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.