Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Kentucky Sends Support to West Virginia

January 11, 2014 - 10:22 PM EST
Christopher McGown
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Louisville, KY (January 11, 2014) – Crews and equipment from Kentucky will be driving into the sun heading to West Virginia to reinforce The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services work following a massive chemical spill into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia.

Not too long ago, Major Darrell Kingsbury and his wife were The Salvation Army’s representatives in Ashland, Kentucky; today they lead the work in Charleston, West Virginia.  On Sunday morning the Canteen (mobile feeding unit) and a crew, he helped train, from Ashland will be reporting to him as The Salvation Army Incident Commander for their work in this disaster.

Also traveling to aid in the Emergency Disaster Services work is a trained crew from Richmond, Kentucky along with the Canteen from Danville, Kentucky.

The Salvation Army structure allows for prepositioning of a variety of emergency response teams and equipment in strategic locations around the country.  Should they be needed, additional equipment and personnel in nearby communities are on stand-by.

The Kentucky-based crews will join the ongoing efforts to distribute much needed water due to the ban on the communities’ water supply.  The Salvation Army is always providing meals, drinks, and snacks to response workers and volunteers who are working to ensure the safety of their friends and neighbors.

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