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Disasters can strike at any time. This is why The Salvation Army takes response seriously and always stands ready. Our volunteers and emergency disaster service workers are trained with the most current techniques, classes, and equipment for any type of disaster. All of this training has made The Salvation Army one of the top emergency relief organizations.
Our local team serves throughout four counties: LaSalle, Grundy, Bureau, and Putnam, serving not only victims of natural disaster, but also workers and volunteers on the front lines. The work on the front lines of a disaster comes with its own hardships. Our emergency services support the brave individuals who do this work by offering food, beverages, and spiritual care. The Salvation Army is proudly there in the wake of every disaster to bring God's light to the darkness.
| Long-Term Disaster Recovery |
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.
| Spiritual and Emotional Care |
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.