The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services offers news regarding disasters and disaster response as well as allow individuals to volunteer in emergency disasters.

For updates on The Salvation Army’s disaster response efforts, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/

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.


The first step in being ready to respond to an emergency is training. In partnership with other agencies, The Salvation Army’s disaster training program offers a variety of courses designed to help individuals and communities prepare for emergency events and become trained disaster volunteers.

Food Service

When disaster strikes, one of the first signs that help is on the way is often the arrival of a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit, offering meals, snacks and drinks to rescue workers and survivors.

Emotional and Spiritual Care

Motivated by Christian faith, The Salvation Army deploys specially trained individuals to offer emotional and spiritual care to rescue workers and disaster survivors.

Emergency Communications

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) includes a worldwide network of volunteer amateur radio operators and other communications specialists, who may be mobilized to transmit emergency information during a disaster event.

Disaster Social Services

After a family has lost everything in a disaster, The Salvation Army is there to provide emergency assistance to help meet survivors’ most urgent needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical services.

Donations Management

The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s leaders in responsibly collecting, sorting and distributing donated goods. The Salvation Army encourages cash donations as the best and most flexible way to help and solicits only those in-kind donations which can be effectively received and efficiently distributed.


The Salvation Army supports long-term disaster recovery operations with flexible programming that is adaptable to the unique needs of individual communities.


We know the importance of preparation for disaster. Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy to carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you easily in case you must evacuate. TSA Emergency Kit Checklist_ncv. You can easily save and print this checklist. Use it to create your emergency kit, and you’ll rest easy knowing that you and your family will ready when a disaster occurs.

2017 Hurricane Harvey Highlights

Meals: 907,162
Drinks: 979,836
Snacks: 966,346
Food Boxes: 21,282
Mobile Feeding Units (canteens): 96 at peak
Field Kitchens: 3 at peak
Persons Sheltered: 3,821
Emotional and Spiritual Care contacts: 57,068
Cleanup Kits: 12,274
Comfort Kits: 52,155
Hours of Employee and Volunteer service: 415,630

2017 Hurricane Irma Highlights

Meals: 365,667
Snacks: 339,628
Drinks: 534,900
Food Boxes: 17,208
Mobile Feeding Units: 61 at peak
Field Kitchens: 1
Persons Sheltered: 5,633
Emotional and Spiritual Care Contacts: 28,172
Cleanup Kits: 2,374
Comfort Kits: 9,735
Hours of Employee and Volunteer Service: 269,889

2017 Hurricane Maria Highlights

Meals, Drinks, Snacks: 1,713,781
Food Boxes: 84,071
Bottles of Water: 135,100
Ice Bags: 39,341
Articles of Clothing: 94,363
Emotional & Spiritual Care Contacts: 45,994
Cleanup Kits: 1,335
Comfort Kits: 16,960
Hours of Employee & Volunteer Service: 45,341