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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.

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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.

Disaster Preparedness Tips for You and Your Family

You and your families should also be prepared for when a disaster strikes. Here are simple suggestions of what you and your family can do:

  1. Create a family emergency plan that includes a list of helpful organizations that can provide shelter and food, and practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
  2. Prepare emergency supply kits that include items such as flashlights with extra batteries, matches, a power pack to charge your phone, a dust mask and gloves, a week’s worth of medicine and/or prescription for medicine, copies of insurance policies and first aid materials.
  3. Learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid.
  4. Check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face in your area.
  5. Connect with an existing agency engaged in disaster response and relief, like The Salvation Army, or see if your area supports a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

We combat natural disasters with acts of God.

While natural disasters can pull the rug out from under you, you are not alone. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) of Greater Chicagoland 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. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination.

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The Salvation Army responds to disasters through:

Support for First Responders

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.

Food & Water

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.

Long-Term Disaster Recovery

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.

Spiritual & Emotional Care

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 Management

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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Disaster displaces millions.

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

The Salvation Army in Chicago welcomed hundreds of families affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and provided shelter and other support services.
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Natural disasters have
tremendous financial impact.

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

A donation of $100 can provide 20 disaster clean up kits.Help disaster survivors recover.


First to Arrive.
Last to Leave.

With a presence in nearly every zip code, The Salvation Army is here in the community before a disaster strikes - and we'll be here until we are no longer needed.

The Salvation Army is one of the first groups to arrive to a disaster to support first responders and survivors. As communities rebuild, we're there providing support. Support these efforts today.


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The Salvation Army brings immediate help, continued hope, and long-term healing to disaster survivors.

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.

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