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We combat natural disasters with acts of God.
When tornadoes, floods, fires and other disasters strike, we provide critical services to ensure survivors have the support needed to rebuild their lives.
Our team serves communities across Minnesota and North Dakota, with local response units based in many cities including the Twin Cities and Fargo. See how our national disaster relief team also responds to disasters all over the world.
We’re known for being the first service agency to arrive and the last to leave. Once the dust settles, our staff and volunteers stay for weeks, months or even years until we’ve done all we can to help.
Here's a list of disaster services we may provide (read full descriptions):
We need people to join our team who are ready and willing to help at any moment. Team members based in the Twin Cities will respond to local disasters and be eligible to travel with our disaster response team.
To be considered for service, complete the following steps:
We are always seeking skilled retired or semi-retired professionals to serve in a number of leadership functions.
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.
Due to the expense of transporting goods, supply drives during disasters are not always the most efficient way to help and are considered on a case-by-case basis by calling 651-746-3404.
Enter your ZIP code below and contact your local Salvation Army to inquire about disaster relief needs in your community.
As one of the nation's major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army recognizes the critical importance of being prepared for natural and man-made disasters. Therefore, we take steps to ensure our own ability to respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster while also working to educate other disaster professionals and the public at large about how to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.
Emergency response services are activated on short notice according to an agreed-upon notification procedure coordinated with federal, state and local governments. Typically, Salvation Army personnel and resources will congregate at predetermined staging areas, entering the impacted area only once government first-responders have indicated that it is safe and constructive to do so. These immediate response activities include food and hydration services, shelter, cleanup and emergency communication assistance to put victims in touch with their loved ones.
Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, The Salvation Army may continue providing immediate response services such as emergency shelter and food service well into the recovery process. Additionally, the Army will often coordinate with local, state and federal entities to develop and execute long-term strategic disaster recovery plans. These activities include restoration and rebuilding initiatives, disaster social services (to address essential living needs, medical expenses or funeral costs), and in-kind donation distribution to disaster victims.
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. Salvation Army counselors, who are often ordained as clergy (officers), may simply offer a "ministry of presence," but often people who know about The Salvation Army as representatives of God may ask for prayer or help from the Bible. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination.