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We combat natural disasters with acts of God.
Natural disasters in the U.S. cause an average of $15 billion in damages each year.
Drought, wildfires, flash-flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and blizzards create a sense of helplessness, fear and uncertainty.
From fires to tornadoes, from rallies to airport drills, The Salvation Army EDS is there to support first responders. Within hours of a disaster and on-hand at major events, we provide meals, beverages and spiritual support to folks who are doing the most important work - often while their own families are dealing with the effects of a disaster.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services dispatches mobile kitchens to disasters to provide food, beverages and snacks to first responders and survivors in the immediate aftermath and recovery phases. During prolonged disaster recovery, The Salvation Army EDS also provides food boxes.
Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, The Salvation Army may continue providing support services such as food and shelter. As communities start to recover, The Salvation Army coordinates with local, state and/or national government entities to enact plans. We help survivors navigate disaster social services to address essential needs, medical expenses, insurance processes, and more.
Disasters can leave people with feelings of anger, sadness and grief. 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. The Salvation Army staff and volunteers can listen, counsel, pray, or simply offer the gift of presence.
During large-scale disasters, communities often wish to give donations; both financial and in-kind. The Salvation Army can determine the need, accept donations and route them so they are used most effectively.
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Major David Dalberg, Emergency Disaster Services Director of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division explains how families members can prepare and plan an escape route for a fire or other disaster.