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The Salvation Army brings immediate help, continued hope, and long term healing to disaster survivors and first responders.
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. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination.
While natural disasters can pull the rug out from under you, you are not alone. The Salvation Army responds to disasters with support and love to survivors and first responders, including food, shelter, spiritual support and long-term recovery. The Salvation Army is usually the first organization on the scene, and often the last to leave.
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.
Donations enable Salvation Army personnel to assist hundreds of thousands of disaster survivors. Donate today by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by mail: 701 Good Hope St. Cape Girardeau, MO 63702.
The Salvation Army is one of the first to respond to disasters and often the last to leave.
When tragedy strikes in your community, remember that The Salvation Army is on the scene, alongside fire, police, and rescue personnel.
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?
We need people like you, ready and willing to help at any moment, to join our team. Become an Emergency Disaster Services volunteer today!
Here's a list of disaster services we may provide:
In times of disaster, a monetary gift is the best way to offer comfort to survivors, as it allows us to focus on the most pressing need, be it water, meals or recovery supplies.