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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.
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.
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 disaster-preparedness training program, like this one in our Central Territory, gets individuals and communities ready for emergencies. For example, our central region offers this type of training throughout the area.
In addition, we also have a disaster preparedness handbook available.
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 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 (about 45 and a half years) of staff and volunteer service.
Some effects of disasters are unseen, as many survivors and first responders suffer emotional stress and trauma. The Salvation Army delivers the vital emotional and spiritual care they need.
Whether it calls for a hug and a prayer, or a compassionate ear, 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.
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.
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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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:
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