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The Salvation Army Coordinating Response to Trapped Miners


Middlesboro, KY – Salvation Army personnel are coordinating with state and local officials to determine how best to meet the needs of the families and rescuers of the miners trapped in a coal mine in Middlesboro,Kentucky.

Miners in Jellico #1 mine were cut-off from the surface when fast-raising waters flooded the shaft.   No injuries are reported and officials are communicating with the stranded miners every 15 minutes by hardwired phone.

Divisional Disaster Services Director, Joe Hughes is in route to the affected areas.   Hughes said, “Information is always a challenge at disaster sites, but the severity and extent of the damage is becoming clear.”   Hughes will provide needed support, material, and personnel for the Incident Commander, Captain Adrian Twinney.   Twinney is The Salvation Army Corps Officer responsible for six (6) counties in the area of the flooding, and is based in Middlesboro,Kentucky.

Last night’s storms are being blamed for extensive damage in Southeastern Kentucky—flooded homes & businesses, downed trees, closed & partially closed roadways, along with mudslides have all been reported.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams are in action—evaluating the extent of the damage and coordinating response efforts.   Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) from nearby communities have been called in to support those impacted by the storms, as well as those tasked with assisting the survivors.  Still other canteens are placed on standby, ready for deployment should the situation warrant it.

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this flooding, please visit:   www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.  You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort.   The donation will appear on your next phone bill.

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.

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

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