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June 24, 2009
Washington, DC: The National Capital Area Command Disaster Response Team was on high alert since the evening of Monday, June 22nd until approximately 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in response to a deadly commuter train accident in the District of Columbia. One Metro train slammed into the back of another on the Red Line at the height of the evening rush hour, killing nine and injuring 80 others in the deadliest accident in Metrorail’s 33-year history.
The Salvation Army provided the first responders with sandwiches, chips, healthy snacks, cold drinks, water and coffee. During The Salvation Army’s response effort, the Disaster Response Unit was positioned immediately across the street from the only access to the train and was directly in the path of those responding to the incident as they walked to and from the crash scene.
With the assistance of twelve volunteers, The Salvation Army served over 200 meals and over 400 drinks to the emergency responders since the evening of Monday, June 22nd.
As of Wednesday, June 24th all Salvation Army disaster response efforts have been concluded.
June 23, 2009
Washington, DC: The National Capital Area Command Disaster Response Team was activated during the evening of June 22nd in response to a deadly commuter train accident in the District of Columbia. One Metro train slammed into the back of another on the Red Line at the height of the evening rush hour, killing at least six and injuring 70 others in the deadliest accident in Metrorail’s 33-year history. Metro officials expected the death toll to rise to at least nine. The National Capital Area Command has activated the newly received FedEx Disaster Response Unit for the first time. The unit with appropriate personnel has been on the scene since approximately 8pm Monday evening.
The Salvation Army has been able to offer the first responders cold and hot beverages along with a distraction from the grueling work of handling the emotional pressures related to their work at the scene of the crash. The Salvation Army’s Disaster Response Unit is positioned immediately across the street from the only access to the train and is directly in the path of those responding to the incident as they walk to and from the crash scene. Throughout the night The Salvation Army provided additional cold and hot beverages, sandwiches, chips and snacks.
Early this morning a warm breakfast was prepared at the Harbor Light Center on New York Avenue and was delivered to the crash site. The Salvation Army continues to rotate personnel to and from the scene and plans to provide both lunch and dinner to the emergency responders throughout the day.
"It is indeed an honor to be able to respond to this disaster and provide support to the emergency response personnel ," notes Major Steve Morris, The Salvation Army’s National Capital Area Commander. "As we arrived the police and fire department personnel assisted our disaster team members with moving our disaster response unit as close to the scene as possible so that we could provide a place of comfort to those emergency responders working the scene. “ As Major Morris remembers, “One NTSB investigator approached the canteen and commented, ‘I have just come from another scene in another state and you guys were there too . . . it's like everywhere I respond . . . you guys are there! Thanks!’"
The Army will stay on sight until the scene is closed.
June 23, 2009
Washington, DC: Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers were soon on the scene of the two train crash that occurred in the Washington D.C. Metrorail system, Monday afternoon.
News sources have reported 9 dead and 70 injured-some seriously. Over 350 fire, police, FBI and other rescue personnel are combing the tightly impacted scene for further victims. A Salvation Army mobile kitchen (canteen) is stationed close to the scene where our workers were able to feed and hydrate all those involved well into the night. A second canteen is serving breakfast this morning.
Reported as the worst train disaster in Metro DC for over 30 years, rescue and investigation workers are expected to remain on the scene throughout today and into tomorrow. Major Steve Morris, Metro DC Area Commander reported from the scene, stating; “The Salvation Army will continue to serve those involved at the scene of this deadly crash for as long as the authorities need us.”
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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, or if you wish to donate-go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.