Philadelphia Train Derailment
Physical, emotional and spirtual Care in the wake of tragic train derailment in Philadelphia
(PHILADELPHIA - May 13, 2015) After a very long 24 hour period we have concluded operations for the day at the site of last night's Amtrak derailment in the Port Richmond section of Philly. We operated from roughly 10:00 PM last night straight through until roughly 3:00 PM this afternoon.
Recovery operations concluded today with 7 fatalities and over 200 injured (more than a dozen critically) out of over 240 passengers and crew on board.
As of the end of today's operations EDS personnel and volunteers served both breakfast and lunch for a total of roughly 300 meals including 35 breakfast meals at the Family Reception Center, more than 35 gallons of hot and cold drinks, as well as 100 bottles of water (in addition to dozens of cases donated at the scene that we don't have estimates on).
We had a total of 16 contact hours in Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) support including contact with both first responders and train passengers. This was done through 4 trained ESC personnel operating at various points on scene.
As of this email Amtrak has opened a Family Assistance Center at the Downtown Marriott for any family or individuals seeking to connect with passengers. In addition, they are connecting passengers to their final destination cities once discharged from area hospitals.
Our team did outstanding work over very long and difficult circumstance the last 24 hours. We will be back again tomorrow to provide additional support in coordination with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and personnel still operating on scene. We will continue to do so as he investigation and cleanup continues over the next couple of days as well.
We will continue to update operations only as warranted moving forward should conditions or services change.
Robert Myers III
The Salvation Army