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We combat natural disasters with acts of God Image

We combat natural disasters with acts of God

Disasters of incredible magnitude call for people of incredible generosity.

Emergency Disaster Services

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?

Whether you want to help sustain local firefighters during a fire response or seek training to serve in a skilled leadership position for retired volunteers, there is a place for you on our team. We welcome adult volunteers of all ages to serve at varying levels – from time commitments of just a few hours each month to being available at a moment’s notice.

Join the Fargo Team

We need people to join our team who are ready and willing to help at any moment. Team members based in Fargo will respond to local disasters and be eligible to travel with our disaster response team.

To be considered for service, complete the following steps:

  • Complete an application and mail it to: The Salvation Army, Attn: EDS, 304 Roberts St., Fargo, ND 58102
  • Attend the required Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services and Disaster Food Services: Handling and Delivery training courses (view course descriptions)
  • Attend the required Safe from Harm training before working with vulnerable populations
  • Attend additional training courses if needed for your area of specialty

New team members spend the first six months of team participation with a probationary status (status descriptions), while the required training is completed.

Register for Training Courses

We offer disaster volunteer training in Fargo a few times per year. Call 701-232-5565 to find out about upcoming training opportunities.

Disaster volunteer team members in Fargo may attend trainings in other Minnesota and North Dakota cities, when local trainings are not available.

Give Money or Supplies

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 (give to the disaster fund).