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Disasters of incredible magnitude call for people of incredible generosity.
The red shield continues to be a beacon of compassion; of immediate aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by forces beyond their control.
History of Emergency Disaster Services
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.
What we do in Wausau
The Disaster Services in Wausau (Marathon County) is very active with assisting the local fire, police and helping survivors of disaster. Our canteen also helps provide support for our surrounding counties of: Lincoln, Shawano, Wood, Portage, Langlade and our home base, Marathon County.
Want to Volunteer?
The Salvation Army disaster response team of Wausau, coordinated and directed by commissioned officers and trained personnel, supported by volunteers, is "on call" to serve at all disasters and civil disorders which may disrupt or destroy family security and well-being.
Whether it be a local incident or a major disaster, Salvation Army staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and the last to depart, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need, at the time of need, and at the place of need.
Local or national disaster volunteers must participate in training.
Training courses include classes in:
- Incident management
- Canteen operations
- Food service
- Emotional and spiritual care
- Basic first aid
- CPR training
Click here to find training opportunities in your area.
What Disasters Do You Respond To?
The Disaster Services Marathon County is very active with assisting the local fire, police and helping survivors of disaster. Our canteen also helps provide support for our surrounding counties of, Lincoln, Shanow, Wood, Portage and Langlade. With Marathon County being our home base.
Visit our national newsroom to see our recent disaster responses.