Four New Hurricane Ike Updates – Volunteer – Donate

“]Volunteers begin massive Hurricane Ike clean-upSept. 20, 2008 – Four new articles posted on today that really illustrate the scope of the disaster relief efforts spawned by recent hurricanes Ike and Gustav across the Gulf Coast region and into the Midwest. Follow the read more links to visit the original news articles for photos and updated relief information. Some of the recent photos posted are mind-boggling – both Ike and Gustav have turned out to be much more destructive than originally reported. Don’t forget to digg the story and improve our search results on, a great social networking news aggregator. Scroll down to read the following posts and other recent Hurricane news here at the Mission Log –

  • Hurricane Ike Aftermath – Photos Slideshow

  • Hurricane Ike Victims Toll Rises – FEMA’s Chertoff Criticized

  • Ike Death Toll Rises as Does Victims’ Pain

  • Louisiana: Ike – Gustav Relief Effort Updates & News Releases

And take a moment to consider making a donation to Project417 to help the victims of Ike and Gustav, as well as the ongoing Re-build New Orleans programs which continue today after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Andy Coats is heading down this week to take part in the Ike / Gustav relief operations and finalize plans for the November Home Re-Building team.

Hurricane Ike Aftermath – Photos Slideshow

Dallas /Fort Worth NBC5  – new photos from across the state that show the overwhelming aftermath of Hurricane Ike along with emergency rescue first responders, volunteers and relief efforts.

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Toronto Secord Ave Explosion: Evacuation Ended – Tenants Home This Weekend

Secord Avenue Site of Explosion

Secord Avenue Site of Explosion

About 900 residents who were forced from their east-end apartment building following an underground explosion last month will be allowed back into their homes starting this weekend. As building management made the announcement outside the evacuated building today, one angry resident interrupted to scold them over a broken promises…[end-quote, source – Toronto Star]

Project417 volunteers had assisted at the Secord Ave Public School evacuation site following the explosion. Since that time residents have had to be temporarily housed in City shelters or with friends and family. They have been required to continue paying rent and now the landlord is reportedly reneging on a promise not to require the standard 60 days notice to break leases. No clear explanation has been given for the cause of the explosion – which has been overshadowed by the recent massive propane explosion in North Toronto.

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Toronto Propane Blast Leaves Thousands Temporarily Homeless

Globes Front Page Shows Blast

Globe's Front Page Shows Blast

The blast, in the early morning hours on Sunday, prompted the evacuation of over 10,000 people – first to an evacuation centre set up at Downsview, then switched to the better equipped York University’s Tait Mackenzie Centre. Most people found shelter with friends or family but hundreds were forced to stay at the evacuation site until the City of Toronto issued the all clear Sunday night. At this point in time (Monday 1:30PM Eastern) at least fifty people have been told they can not return to their homes.

The Executive Director of Project417 – Ekklesia Inner City Ministries, Rev. Joe Elkerton, was called to the Downsview evacuation site early Sunday morning by Jeff Noel, of the Salvation Army’s Disaster Response & Recovery team. The quick response team is an integral part of the GTA’s Disaster Response Plan providing snacks, meals, water and beverages to firefighters, other emergency responders as well as to residents affected by or evacuated for disasters. Joe and the rest of the volunteer team stayed on site all day operating the mobile cafeterias serving hundreds of hot coffees, cold drinks and meals. Joe was joined by Project417 team members Jenn Ford and Chris Clarke Monday and Tuesday. Volunteers play a vital role in responding to all Toronto area major disasters and fires.

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Toronto Blast, blaze leave 1,000 homeless

Baby Mikayla lost her stroller during the explosion. Project417 helped find a new one.

Baby Mikayla lost her stroller during the explosion. Project417 helped find a new one.

Explosion in hydro vault makes huge building uninhabitable – The Red Cross and the Salvation Army dispatched volunteers to prepare meals in local school’s kitchen for the dazed residents. More than 200 residents of 2 Secord Ave., in the Danforth Ave.- Main St. area spent last night on cots set up in classrooms and the gymnasium of Secord Public School.

Project417 and the Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship were able to send a team of Junior High volunteers who had been visiting from Huntley, Illinois to do community service projects. The students helped in the Salvation Army kitchen set up in the small school cafeteria and served hundreds of meals to the suddenly homeless residents. –

What a divine coincidence following the explosion: With more than a thousand people homeless instantly, they were able to take shelter in the neighboring Secord Avenue Public School. The Salvation Army and the Red Cross were able to set-up quickly to provide much needed service to the former residents. The Salvation Army’s Toronto Disaster and Emergency Relief team headed by Jeff Noel, wasted no time in providing meals, water and other essential services to the evacuees. Calls went out to the Toronto Christian community for volunteer assistance at Secord Avenue. Our Executive Director of Ekklesia Inner City Ministries – Project417, Rev. Joe Elkerton, received the call as he was heading home from church and headed straight for the disaster site. Joe is also the senior pastor at Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship. BLCF has teamed with Project417 this year to help rebuild their community and help the homeless. On Monday we had scheduled a team of volunteers on a short term mission from Springbrook Community Church in Huntley, Illinois (Chicago area) to visit Bloor Lansdowne in Toronto to help with outreach and service projects: 22 junior and senior high youth and five adult team leaders. So first thing Monday, Pastor Joe was able to take a team of willing volunteers out to the disaster site shelter to help in the Salvation Army kitchen, serving hundreds of lunches and helping prep for dinner to even more. On Tuesday the Illinois team went again, this time with Joe and Project417 Outreach worker Andy Coats. Many residents expressed their appreciation for the assistance given by our volunteers. Right place – right time!

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