Disaster Hug

Disaster Donations

Monetary Donations
Financial contributions are the best way to assist The Salvation Army with helping those affected by disasters.  Monetary donations allow The Salvation Army to purchase product to meet the most urgent needs.  When feasible, purchases are made near the disaster site to help stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery to those in need.

  •  A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  •  A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  •  A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  •  A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  •  A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

All money donated to The Salvation Army designated for a specific disaster goes to support the service work surrounding that particular disaster. Disaster fund-raising effects only disaster-specific work; not the overall social service work that the Army provides to nearly 30 million people each year.

If you wish to designate your gift to a specific disaster, you may do so at the time of your donation. Monetary donations can be made directly to The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham – PO Box 11005, Birmingham, AL 35202 or by calling 205.328.2420. Or, you may call 800-SAL-Army (725-2769) 24 hours a day.

When needed, The Salvation Army will request and accept both corporate and private in-kind donations in support of the disaster relief operation.  Specific items needed will be identified based on the type of disaster.  Bulk donations of a single product such as bottled water, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and building materials may be accepted.   All donations must be properly packaged, shrink-wrapped, on pallets, and labeled.  Donors are asked to cover the cost of shipping in-kind donations to the receiving location.


Disaster Relief

When tornadoes, floods, fires and other disasters strike, The Salvation Army provides critical services to ensure survivors have the support needed to rebuild their lives.  While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

Since its charter was enacted in the United States in 1899, The Salvation Army has provided emergency services to individuals and communities affected by disasters and other catastrophic events. The Salvation Army’s first major disaster response operation was in 1900 after a devastating hurricane hit Galveston, Texas. The hurricane killed more than 8,000 people and obliterated more than 3,600 homes, nearly half the city. National Commander Frederick Booth-Tucker ordered Salvation Army officers from across the country to the stricken city to provide spiritual comfort and practical aid to the survivors of the storm.Since then, The Salvation Army has been on the scene of thousands of disasters honoring a century old commitment to serve those in need, at the time of need, in the place of need. In 1970, federal law reaffirmed The Salvation Army’s authority to provide disaster assistance with the passage of the Robert T. Stafford Emergency and Disaster Assistance Act, which also created the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Salvation Army disaster teams offer food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities for survival. Emotional and spiritual care is available for those coping with grief, loss and other trauma associated with the disaster event. The Salvation Army is well equipped to minister to survivors of disaster, assuring them that God has not forgotten them in their time of need.

Disaster Services We Provide

  • Meal service
  • Shelter
  • Spiritual Ministry
  • Counseling
  • Donated Goods
  • Clean-up
  • Financial Assistance
  • Advocacy
  • Volunteer staffing
  • Identification/Registration


How to Become a Disaster Volunteer

We need people like you, ready and willing to help at any moment, to join our Disaster Response Team. Volunteers will work on disaster sites and will serve first-responders, assist in donation warehouses, and care for survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.  To be considered for service, please follow these steps:

  • Attend the required “Introduction to Emergency Disaster Serves and Disaster Food Services: Handling and Delivery training courses, plus additional courses for your assigned specialty area.
  • Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Victoria Salinas at Victoria.Salinas@uss.salvationarmy.org or 205.328.0743 for more information.