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Hope is Greater Than Fear

Whether it's a large natural disaster like the Flood of 2019 or a personal tragedy like a house fire, we help survivors find relief, comfort and hope.


As we saw with the devastating flooding that impacted eastern Nebraska and western Iowa in the spring of 2019, natural disasters are increasing in intensity and frequency and can result in billions of dollars in losses each year.

The Salvation Army of Norfolk is here to help survivors of natural and personal disasters by providing food and hydration, emergency shelter, material assistance and emotional and spiritual support.

Our First Mission in a Disaster Is to Meet Basic Needs.

During the widespread flooding in the spring of 2019, The Salvation Army of Norfolk provided meals and clean-up supplies to residents in the nearby towns of Spenser, Verdigre, Pierce, Osmond, Columbus and on the Santee Sioux Reservation in Knox County, as residents worked to clean up, repair and salvage what they could from their water-damaged homes.

We Help Disaster Survivors by Providing:

Emergency Shelter

We provide clean, safe shelter for survivors in our worship and service centers, as well as in local churches, schools and other temporary facilities. When the best option is a short-term hotel stay, we cover the bill. Individuals and families can rest and be cared for as they figure out their next steps.

Materials, Cleanup and Restoration

We help meet the physical needs of people who have lost virtually everything by providing clothing, personal hygiene items, household goods and more. We also aid the clean-up and restoration process by distributing cleanup kits and supplies, coordinating volunteer rebuilding teams and establishing warehouses for the distribution of material goods.

Food and Hydration

Food and water are usually the greatest need for survivors and relief workers impacted by a disaster. Food is prepared and served at a nearby Salvation Army worship or service center or on location in one of our mobile kitchens. We also set up meal stations near busy work sites or in community buildings where neighbors and volunteers gather for counseling and support.

Emotional and spiritual care

Many who have been impacted by a disaster are comforted by prayer and spiritual counseling. Others simply need someone to listen. Our officers – most of whom are ordained clergy – offer a “ministry of presence” and are a source of solace and hope for those reeling from a tragedy.

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