Explosives Scare at Morehead City
The Salvation Army responds to help on-site workers
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, authorities closed the Morehead City port citing an explosive scare from a punctured shipping container. A voluntary evacuation of the immediate area was also issued.
Salvation Army officials responded and are on scene with hydration and feeding services for nearly one hundred first responders, and have also served at the unified command. In addition to the delivery of traditional emergency response services, Salvation Army leaders are providing spiritual care and emotional support to the first responders on hand.
To stand and pray with firemen as they prepare to enter the most dangerous area is my calling.
“We have had an opportunity to pray with and for the brave men and women sent to deal with this potentially explosive situation. To stand and pray with firemen as they prepare to enter the most dangerous area is my calling”, said Captain Mark Czanderna, Commanding Officer for the Salvation Army of Carteret County. “It is inspiring to know that these first responders are willing to risk their own lives to protect others, and the Salvation Army will remain here by their sides to provide care and support.”
The Salvation Army has a long history of providing emergency services to the residents and first responders of the Carolina Coast. Local residents will recall Salvation Army services following Hurricanes such as Hazel (1954), Floyd (1999), and Alex (2004). During times of natural and manmade disasters and emergencies, the Salvation Army has the experience and ability to serve as an integral part of the response and recovery network. Captain Czanderna states, “The Salvation Army has a strong network of partnerships that we can and do call on in times such as these. We are currently coordinating with the local Baptist organization to ensure uninterrupted delivery of service at the Morehead City Port.”