Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)
While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army's disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster. Our services include:
Mass feeding programs for victims and relief workers
• Spiritual counseling, comforting the bereaved, consoling the injured, and distressed
• Temporary shelter in Salvation Army institutions
• Collection of donated goods for victims including food, clothing, medical supplies, etc.
• Distribution of food, clothing, bedding and other items needed by disaster victims
• Services for emergency relief workers
• Social services for disaster victims
• Mobile feeding programs providing hot meals or snacks for victims and relief workers at the disaster scene
• Referrals to other agencies when appropriate
• Emergency communications
• Comfort kits – toiletry items
For more information on Emergency Disaster Services, or information on how you can train to become an EDS volunteer, contact our EDS Director, Sam Amick, or EDS Assistant Bennie Benedict, at (309) 655-7220, or Erin Martin, EDS Assistant, at 655-7220, extension 134.
You can also visit our national EDS website at http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org