The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS):

Most everyone is familiar with the Red Cross and the purpose that they serve: meeting the needs of people hit by disasters such as fires, floods, and tornados, etc.

The Salvation Army is also there: with our main purpose of serving the Disaster Workers: the Fire Fighters, Police and Sheriff’s Departments and Search and Rescue units as well as other Disaster Preparedness/response Workers.

The Midland Corps operates a mobile “Canteen” vehicle, where we can deliver water, coffee, snacks and hot meals to those Disaster Workers – as well as to the victims of disasters themselves,  if and when needed.

We are attempting to increase the number of EDS Canteen volunteers.  On occasion, we could be on-scene at a fire or flood for 6 – 8 hours, or more.  We like to rotate our volunteers in and out of 2-hour shifts, so it is important that we have enough people willing and able to respond to relieve the other volunteers, and also that we have enough people who can respond at different times: days, nights, weekdays and weekends.  Disasters can strike any time.

If you would like to be a part of the “Support Team” and help serve those who are dealing with the disasters, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Brent Gilbert, at, or by calling (989) 496-2787.  We can use your help!


To see how The Salvation Army serves with Emergency Disaster Services nationwide, visit