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Disaster Relief

We combat natural disasters with acts of God.

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Every year, natural disasters destroy local economies and devastate lives. They cause Americans emotional damage and cost billions of dollars each year.  

Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, droughts, floods, and other major disasters pose a great threat to our country. We’re here to help — in any given year, The Salvation Army provides support, hope, and healing to nearly 600,000 survivors and first responders. 


National and International Disaster Support

Support recovery efforts for these large-scale disasters. Learn more about how we support disaster recovery efforts below. 


Hurricane Idalia

Your donations help The Salvation Army provide critical aid, shelter, food and support for Hurricane Idalia survivors

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Hawaii Wildfire Relief

As the fires in Hawaii continue to upend lives by displacing people from their homes, The Salvation Army is quickly responding with food, shelter, emotional and spiritual care, and other critical services. 

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Record-Breaking Heat Wave Across the Country

In the face of a historic and severe heat wave gripping the Southwest and various regions across the U.S., The Salvation Army has rapidly activated services to extend crucial assistance to people under excessive heat watches, warnings, and advisories.

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Northeastern Flood Relief

After experiencing torrential downpours and unprecedented flooding in Vermont and other parts of the Northeast, The Salvation Army swiftly activated its Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) response to provide critical assistance to the affected communities.

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Spring Tornado Relief

In Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia, The Salvation Army is providing food, drinks, emotional and spiritual care, and other emergency services to disaster survivors and rescue workers after two weeks of severe weather and strong tornadoes.

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Across our nation, The Salvation Army is there to lend a hand.


No matter where disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is already there. 

As one of the most well-known disaster-relief organizations in the country, The Salvation Army is ready with immediate response and recovery plans unique to the community affected. Plans forged from decades of recovery efforts and learnings from across the world. 

We serve in nearly every community in the United States long before a disaster happens. We’re among the first on the spot, providing wildfire, flood, tornado, or hurricane relief, and we stay long after a catastrophe has passed. 


The Salvation Army Helps Meet the Disaster Survivors Through:

Emergency Preparedness

Our experience covers decades of leading recovery efforts — since the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, our trained staff and volunteers have served survivors and first responders of every major disaster.  

We know recovery efforts start before a disaster strikes, and a good plan is key to long-term recovery success. Our program helps to get individuals and communities ready for emergencies. In addition, we also have a disaster preparedness handbook available. 

Immediate Emergency Response

Disasters and emergencies strike without much warning, but you can count on The Salvation Army to be on the spot, providing relief to communities within hours — because we’re already there. 

We work with local organizations and federal authorities. We mobilize to provide people with food, water, and emergency shelter. We provide mobile showers, bottled water, and a clean blanket to anyone in need. We turn our properties into sites of refuge when needed. And we deliver the emotional and spiritual care that first responders and survivors desire.

When Hurricane Harvey brought $125 billion in devastation to the Texas Gulf Coast region, we executed one of the largest disaster-relief operations in our history. The Salvation Army deployed 96 mobile feeding units; served more than 2.8 million meals, drinks, and snacks; and provided more than 400,000 hours of staff and volunteer service.   

 Emotional and Spiritual Care

Some effects of disasters are unseen – many survivors and first responders suffer emotional stress and trauma. The Salvation Army delivers vital emotional and spiritual care they need. That may mean a shoulder for crying or an ear for listening. Other times it calls for a hug and a prayer. No matter what’s needed, The Salvation Army is ready to help.

Read the story of how one family reached out to The Salvation Army’s specially trained emotional and spiritual care providers to navigate life after Hurricane Irma. 

Long-Term Disaster Recovery

The Salvation Army provides long-term recovery efforts for as long as we are able. In some cases, this means we continue to help for months, even years, after a disaster. We work with local, state, and federal governments to form a long-term disaster recovery plan. 

The plan is far-reaching and meets basic needs. It addresses restoration and rebuilding projects. It includes the dispersal of emergency financial assistance and donated goods. All to help survivors rebuild their lives. 

When our initial response to Hurricane Katrina ended, we allocated $225 million, donated by the American public for Hurricane Katrina response, to provide long-term disaster recovery, including case management, reconstruction, and support for volunteer rebuild teams. Financial assistance programs also helped with home repair, job training, and other initiatives to aid long-term recovery in communities. 

 Serving All Without Discrimination

In providing its disaster relief programs and services, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.

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Natural disasters have a tremendous financial impact

They add up to billions in losses each year.

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Disasters affect lives. 

About 1 in 10 homes were impacted by natural disasters in 2021 and in need of financial assistance and emergency supplies.

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The Salvation Army fights natural disasters with acts of God.

The Salvation Army is ready to jump into action with relief services wherever a disaster strikes. With over a century of experience, our disaster expertise lets us tailor our services to fit a specific community in need. We scale to the storm, because when it comes to disasters, one size does not fit all.

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The Salvation Army brings help, hope, and healing to disaster survivors.

Watch how we provide rescue and relief to communities affected by disasters.

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Experts for Interview

The Salvation Army has trained experts leading its emergency disaster response efforts in nearly every community in the United States. Many of these experts have decades of experience in emergency management and have led disaster response efforts for countless natural and human-made disasters, including: 

  • Hurricane Katrina
  • The 9/11 terrorist attacks
  • The earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal
  • The Oklahoma City bombing
  • The Joplin tornado
  • The 2004 and 2017 Atlantic hurricane seasons in Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and more

If you are a member of the media and would like to speak with one of our experts, please contact:

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