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We combat natural disasters with acts of God Image

We combat natural disasters with acts of God

The Salvation Army brings immediate help, continued hope,
and long term healing to disaster survivors and first responders.

How we help disaster survivors


The Salvation Army began offering assistance to disaster survivors after a major hurricane hit Galveston, TX in September 1900, destroying the coastal city and killing thousands of people.

Since then, The Salvation Army has responded to numerous natural disasters, transportation accidents, civil unrest situations, and terrorist attacks.

By providing beverages, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations.

Want to Volunteer?

Local or national disaster volunteers must participate in training.

Training courses include classes in:

- Incident management
- Canteen operations
- Food service
- Emotional and spiritual care
- Basic first aid
- CPR training

Click here to find training opportunities in your area.

What Disasters Do You Respond To?

Visit our national newsroom to see our recent disaster responses.

Local Disaster Response

In Spring 2017, a tornado hit Chetek and damaged several homes and many lost their homes. The Salvation Army was among the first on the scene to provide food, water, and organize spiritual assistance to the hurting. In 2019, we were back at it after everal tornados hit Polk and Barron County.  We served alongside the Wisconsin National Guard by providing meals and hydration to those impacted. We are honored to be able to serve our community in this way.