Emergency Disaster Services

Profile of Response and Recovery Programs

edsFor almost 100 years, The Salvation Army disaster response teams, comprised of commissioned officers, trained employees and volunteers haved served at disasters which place a community at risk or which may disrupt or destroy family security and well being.

While each disaster is unique and devastating with its violent impact on the lives of the individuals and communities, there are certain basic needs to which The Salvation Army responds. Response and recovery services include, but are not limited to:

  • Spiritual MinistryCounseling survivors, consoling the injured and distressed, comforting the bereaved, conducting funeral and memorial services, chaplaincy services to staff and volunteers.
  • CounselingCritical incident stress management services to individuals, families, and response and relief workers.
  • Identification/RegistrationLocating survivors and providing information and communication to inquiring family.
  • Mobile FeedingWhere needed, mobile feeding units serve hot meals to survivors and relief personnel.
  • Congregate FeedingThe Salvation Army facilities and other sites are used for preparation and service of meals to survivors and relief personnel.
  • Financial AssistanceFinancial grants for immediate needs are made to survivors who demonstrate need. No repayment of grants is required or sought.
  • ShelterShelters may be established and maintained in Salvation Army facilities or other sites. Programs include child care, to allow adult family members to salvage personal effects, apply for long-term assistance, schedule reconstruction and undertake other necessary tasks.
  • Donated MaterialsThe generosity of Americans enables The Salvation Army to solicit and distribute water, non-perishable foods, furniture, house-keeping supplies, building materials, and other basic necessities.
  • Basic CommoditiesThe Salvation Army may elect to purchase and distribute basic commodities not available at the time of need. These may include, but not limited to, food, water, health and sanitary needs, baby and child care products, medicines, bedding and other items which an immediate need exist.
  • ReconstructionIn major disasters, The Salvation Army may assist with the rebuilding efforts or in coordination with HUD, provide transitional housing.. The Salvation Army may establish depots for distribution of donated building supplies. Support programs allow adults to focus on rebuilding efforts with the assurance that children are receiving quality care in a safe environment.
  • AdvocacySocial workers, case managers, and Salvation Army officers are assigned to provide professional assistance including advocacy and referral to private and public assistance programs.
  • Services to VolunteersThe Salvation Army recruits, trains and utilizes volunteers. Registered volunteers will be provided with housing, meals, and transportation.

Please contact Captain Rob Covert at robert.covert@usw.salvationarmy.org if you would like more information on volunteering.

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