Sally Army centre is a refuge for victims
THE Salvation Army set up a refuge at its centre in Canterbury Road for people evacuated from their homes.
The centre was quickly turned into a safe haven where hot food and drinks were provided for those displaced by the tremor.
Captain Peter West said: “We’re in the middle of the affected area and people needed a refuge.
“At first the power was off but I brought the van down, which has a generator and gas on it.
“People were confused and agitated, but no one was seriously traumatised.
“It reminded one woman of her wartime experiences and she was a bit shaky.”
Among those visiting the scene was Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard.
He told the Kentish Express: “I wanted to see things for myself and thank the emergency services and the Salvation Army.”
The MP said he had been having breakfast when he felt the earth move.
“A picture came off the wall and a tree came down in the garden,” he added.
MP Michael Howard with Salvation Army Captain Peter West
Reporter Michael DeFroand with Jennifer Jordan at the Salvation Army centre in Canterbury Road