Whenever a disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is on the scene offering assistance – a hot cup of coffee or cold drink, food, a warm blanket, emergency housing, and an encouraging word.
As a national first responder in times of disaster, we can provide immediate response from a local, regional, or national level in order to provide hope to those affected by disaster.
In cases of disaster, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide these basic services:
On-site assistance to disaster workers
Distribution of clothing, food, relief supplies, and any other necessary items
During major disasters, Comfort Stations may be set up to assist with relief efforts. Comfort Stations consist of one to three tents, a mobile canteen, portable toilets, a dumpster, a shower unit, and if needed, a medical unit. These Comfort Stations serve as one-stop relief centers where victims can receive assistance.
The Salvation Army in Florida has, as part of its Disaster Relief equipment, forty-two mobile feeding canteens, ten transport trailers, two forty-eight foot mobile kitchens, cargo trailers, supply trucks, personal support units, shower units, fifty Comfort Station tents, cots, blankets, clean-up kits, and a mobile command center.
In times of natural and man-made disasters, The Salvation Army is a first responder, providing food, water and emotional support to victims and emergency workers such as police and firefighters.
When disasters occur there are a variety of services offered to victims of the disaster depending upon the size and scope of the event. Consistent with the Mission of The Salvation Army, the purpose of Disaster Recovery programs is “to meet human needs in His name without discrimination,” by working cooperatively with other agencies in community-based efforts to achieve longer-term disaster-related recovery goals.
The Salvation Army’s primary goal is to help all clients access all resources available to them. This will include assistance from FEMA, SBA, the American Red Cross, other non-profit agencies, personal insurance, donated in-kind items, etc.