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The Salvation Army on Standby To Meet Evacuees and Responders Needs

Grayson, KY – The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management has reported evacuations in City of Grayson, in Carter County near the Northeastern border of Kentucky.  A natural gas leak was reported as the cause.

Still an evolving situation, Mr. Joe Hughes, the Divisional Disaster Services Coordinator for the Kentucky & Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army is monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with State and local officials.

The Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) response vehicles and trained crews in Carter County and nearby Ashland, Kentucky have been placed on standby.

When an EDS unit is on standby, there is a heightened state of readiness.   Trained crew members (staff and volunteer) would conduct a safety check; prepare important first-response items like coffee, sports drinks, sandwich items, snacks and all important water.   In addition, the crew would make their personal preparations for deployment to a disaster scene.   While often local, they may also be called upon for regional, national, or even international response.   A standard EDS deployment is 14 days.                                                                     

Members of our EDS response teams are trained in a variety of positions from vital roles of safely driving those large canteens (mobile kitchen), to food safety & preparation, to leadership roles like Incident Commander, to a staple in the Salvation Army’s holistic EDS response, Emotional & Spiritual Care.

The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of those impacted by the flooding in Southeastern Kentucky, including those counties where a State of Emergency was declared by Governor Beshear.   At the same time, they are prepared to meet the needs of those evacuated this evening in Northeastern Kentucky.

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.

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