Emergency Disaster Services

Always on Call

The Salvation Army is one of the nation's largest federally recognized emergency disaster services agencies, providing relief to 1-2 million disaster survivors and first responders each year in the United States. As a relief organization within the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), The Salvation Army was involved in the development of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Response Framework. When initiating a disaster relief operation, the Army's first aim is to meet the basic needs of both survivors and first responders. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster, though primary goals are to offer material comfort, physical comfort, and spiritual/emotional support.

Central Territory Resources: At-a-Glance

23 Command Vehicles

129 Canteens

4 SATERN Vehicles

15 ATV/UTV Units

24 Cargo Trailers

7,224 Cots

6 Kitchen Trailers

6 Cargo Trucks

12,926 Annual Training Sessions*


According to the article "At The Ready" in the August 2015 edition of War Cry of the Salvation Army, ongoing training is crucial to the Emergency Disaster Services' readiness to hit the frontlines of any local disaster. Basic training is done at the corps level and training sessions are planned for key locations throughout the territory. To keep these skills fresh and up-to-date, volunteers and chaplains in the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division participate in an annual Patriot Exercise to train and develop Incident Management Teams. The WUM Division has also added the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) response to its hydration support.

*These annual training sessions range from food and operations services to emotional and spiritual care, group crisis intervention, incident command system, pastoral crisis intervention, suicide prevention, et. al.

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Local Involvement

All Salvation Army disaster response services are managed locally, by people who live and work in the communities they serve. When tragedy strikes in your community, remember that The Salvation Army is on the scene, alongside fire, police and rescue personnel. Volunteers are needed for behind-the-scenes and frontline work. Donations enable Salvation Army personnel to assist hundreds of thousands of disaster survivors and may be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online. For more information, click on the logo below. We welcome your involvement. 

Contact Us

Ted Bendler
EDS Coordinator

Email Ted
(608) 250-2213

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