The Salvation Army is officially recognized by federal, state and local governments across the country as a sanctioned disaster relief and assistance organization. The Salvation Army is one of the first agencies to respond when disaster strikes. The Army provides relief services to communities affected by both natural and man-made disasters until the service is no longer needed. Officers and volunteers are trained to meet needs by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. Mobile kitchens are familiar sights to firemen, policemen and victims alike.
The Salvation Army Helps Meet The Needs of Disaster Survivors Through:
As one of the largest disaster relief organizations in the country, The Salvation Army recognizes the need to be prepared. We provide education on how to prepare for and respond to disasters and aid in the development of emergency disaster plans.
IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Natural disasters strike without much warning, so The Salvation Army is ready to jump into action on short notice. We gather donations, resources, and volunteers in a predetermined staging area so we’re ready to help as soon as the federal, state, or local government declares the area safe to enter. Our disaster assistance includes providing food, water, and shelter to survivors, lending a hand with cleanup, and putting people in touch with loved ones.
Long-Term Disaster Recovery
The Salvation Army continues to aid survivors of natural disasters throughout the recovery process. We collaborate with local, state, and federal governments to develop and execute a long-term disaster relief and recovery plan, including restoration and rebuilding initiatives, meeting basic needs, covering medical expenses, cutting funeral costs, and distributing in-kind donations to help survivors rebuild their lives.
EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE
Not all aftermath of disasters is visible to the naked eye. The Salvation Army helps address the emotional impact on disaster survivors and first responders with emotional support and spiritual comfort. Whether it’s lending a listening ear, offering a hug, joining together in prayer, or simply being present, Salvation Army personnel are ready to help.
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