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Local Contact: Salvation Army, Milwaukee County
Community Relations Director
Salvation Army Responds to Large
Explosion at Chemical Plant in Texas
Five Salvation Army Canteens
Mobilized to Offer Food, Drinks, and Emotional and Spiritual
Alexandria, Virginia (April 18, 2013)
– The Salvation Army is responding after a large explosion at a
fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, TX, just before 8:00 PM
(CDT) Wednesday evening. The Salvation Army quickly mobilized support teams and
by midnight had deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to
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
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 massive blast, which measured 2.1 on the Richter scale, was felt
as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. It is estimated that between 50 to 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.
How to Help
The most effective way to support The Salvation Army
response in West, TX, is by making a financial contribution:
- MAIL - Please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX
- PHONE - Please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
- ONLINE - Visit www.salvationarmytexas.org
For continued updates and more information from The Salvation Army, please
visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter and Facebook.
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.