Stanford, Kentucky — In the early morning hours a gas line explosion rocked central Kentucky, killing at least one person and leaving others injured. Officials evacuated surrounding neighborhoods as a precaution, leaving uncertainty and fear for residents.
The Salvation Army in Danville, Kentucky reacted quickly, dispatching their canteen (mobile feeding kitchen) to offer aid to survivors and responders alike. Lieutenants Roger and Lindsey Galabeas – who just arrived in Danville less than two months ago – are leading The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster.
“We knew we would be needed; for food, drinks, a comforting smile, and a prayer,” said Lt. Roger Galabeas when asked about deploying the canteen so quickly.
The Salvation Army is coordinating with officials and other response agencies to monitor the situation and respond as needed in a fluid situation.
“We’re making sure those evacuated and the first responders risking their lives to help, have cold drinks on this hot day, as well as comforting snacks,” Lt. Lindsey Galabeas said. “And, of course, we’re here to offer Emotional & Spiritual Care as needed.”
The holistic approach to the ministry of disaster response is part of what separates The Salvation Army from other important response organizations.
The canteen stationed in Danville is part of a nation-wide network of equipment and personnel strategically positioned to allow for immediate response to local, regional, and national disasters.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.