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Salvation Army Provides Assistance as Residents Return to West in Texas,
RESIDENTS of West, the Texas community that was blown apart
by an explosion at a fertiliser plant, are receiving assistance from The
Salvation Army as they seek to return to their homes. Fourteen people were
killed in the disaster, with a further 200 injured. Local authorities report
that more than 270 homes were affected by the explosion and resulting fire,
including 73 that were completely destroyed.
The Salvation Army is
part of a Joint Assistance Center (JAC) in West, which has been set up at a
central location where residents can access 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, in the
form of Walmart gift cards, counselling and case management.
canteens (mobile kitchens) formed the main part of The Salvation Army's
immediate emergency response, but they still have a role to play. One will
remain at the JAC, another will work in the affected neighbourhoods, with a
further two units providing support at the community centre and the disaster
relief command post. It is anticipated that the canteen services will continue
for at least the coming week.
Lisa Wood, who has lived in West for five
years with her husband and elderly mother, was one of many people who patiently
waited in line to meet with a case manager at the JAC on Monday morning. 'We
gathered what we could and evacuated immediately after the explosion on
Wednesday night,' she explains. 'We’ve been staying in a hotel in Waco
and my husband finally got to see the house for the first time this morning.
The windows are all blown out but it’s still standing.'
The Salvation Army staff members: 'We are so grateful that you are here to
Monday saw a significant increase in the number of residents
served, as many returned to West for the first time since being evacuated. In
the first five days after the explosion, The Salvation Army provided 3,645
meals, 3,205 drinks and 1,743 snacks.
Report by Philip
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