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Disasters of incredible magnitude call for people of incredible generosity.

Disasters of Incredible Magnitude Call For People of Incredible Generosity.

We combat natural disasters with acts of God.

The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services represent a commitment to serve people in their time of need and at their exact location of need. First begun following a hurricane which devastated Galveston, Texas in 1900, the worldwide program has gone on to serve millions of disaster victims in the years since. In the Great Lakes Division, a dozen disaster response teams, directed by trained personnel, are on call to serve at all disasters and civil disorders which may place a community at risk, or disrupt family security and well-being. Mobile canteens provide food, temporary shelter, blankets, communications, pastoral counseling, emergency lighting, clean-up kits and referrals to Salvation Army centers. By partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and local agencies, we ensure our disaster services are provided in the most efficient manner possible.

Disaster Relief Volunteer  - Salvation Army Great Lakes Division.

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Volunteer with our Emergency Disaster Services team

We are always in need of volunteers to help us provide support when disaster strikes.
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We help disaster survivors through:

Emergency Preparedness

As one of the nation's major emergency relief organizations, we recognize the critical importance of being prepared for natural and man-made disasters. Therefore, we take steps to ensure our own ability to respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster while also working to educate other disaster professionals and the public at large about how to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.

Immediate Emergency Response

Emergency response services are activated on short notice according to an agreed-upon notification procedure coordinated with federal, state and local governments. Typically, our personnel and resources will congregate at predetermined staging areas, entering the impacted area only once government first-responders have indicated that it is safe and constructive to do so. These immediate response activities include food and hydration services, shelter, cleanup and emergency communication assistance to put victims in touch with their loved ones.

Long-Term Disaster Recovery

Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, we may continue providing immediate response services such as emergency shelter and food service well into the recovery process. Additionally, we will often coordinate with local, state and federal entities to develop and execute long-term strategic disaster recovery plans. These activities include restoration and rebuilding initiatives, disaster social services (to address essential living needs, medical expenses or funeral costs), and in-kind donation distribution to disaster victims.

Spiritual and Emotional Care

Throughout the duration and aftermath of a major disaster, The Salvation Army provides spiritual comfort and emotional support upon request to victims and emergency workers coping with the stress of a catastrophe. Our counselors, who are often ordained as clergy (officers), may simply offer a "ministry of presence," but often people who know about us as representatives of God may ask for prayer or help from the Bible. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination.

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Natural Disasters have tremendous financial impact, too.

Insured losses due to natural disasters in the United States total about $15 billion a year.

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Disaster displaces millions.

Every year, over 90 million people are affected by natural disasters.

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Charles McDougall:

(248) 443-2242 ext. 328

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