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Emergency & Disaster Services


Disasters can occur at any time and in any place. They often bring great death and destruction in their train, and because they are unpredictable, they are all the more devastating. Canada is fortunate that emergency preparedness experts at all levels of government have well-organised, definitive plans, in which The Salvation Army plays an important part. But, despite the armies of trained personnel ready to go into action, very often the best we can do is to mitigate the effects of a disaster, and deal with its aftermath.

Whenever disaster strikes, the presence of Salvation Army personnel is expected. Often assigned a specific role by Emergency Preparedness authorities, such as counselling, registration and identification, transportation, emergency housing, feeding or clothing, The Salvation Army is well equipped to handle any demands made of it in a disciplined and resourceful manner.

For example, we were there to provide food and medical care after a typhoon hit the Philippines in November 2013; we counselled and comforted those who lost all they had in the floods in High River, Alberta, in June 2013;  and we continue to assist with emergency relief operations around the world. For updates on our current emergency activities, visit this link: www.salvationarmy.ca/tag/emergency-disaster-services.

The Army’s unique, international, quasi-military structure enables it to move quickly into action. Like no other civilian body, it can mobilise officer-personnel, resources, volunteers and financial support from the public at large, and bring them to bear where the need is greatest. And what motivates its humanitarian services? Love for God, allied with a practical concern for the needs of humanity.

Lifted Up

Lifted Up

Candid letters of encouragement for new lieutenants from a corps sergeant-major, active officer, retired officer and officer’s kid.

Commissioning and Ordination of the Messengers of Light

Commissioning and Ordination of the Messengers of Light

Twenty-four new officers embark on full-time ministry in The Salvation Army.

Opinion & Critical Thought

The Giving Effect

The Giving Effect

Volunteers contribute more than 500 hours to get Jackson’s Point Camp ready for the summer.

On the Move

On the Move

A new appointment is happy and sad.

Territorial News

Celebration Closes Commissioning Weekend

Celebration Closes Commissioning Weekend

Commissioning and ordination events conclude in London, Ont.

Commissioning Events Kick Off in London, Ont.

Commissioning Events Kick Off in London, Ont.

Salvationists blessed and inspired at Festival of Music.

International News

The Salvation Army Marks World Refugee Day

General André Cox encourages Salvationists to sign petition to stand #WithRefugees.

Salvation Army in Orlando Responds to Nightclub Shooting

Salvation Army in Orlando Responds to Nightclub Shooting

Army provides support after deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Faith & Friends

Movie Review: Finding Dory

Movie Review: Finding Dory

In Finding Dory, our forgetful hero heads off on a journey of a lifetime. But will she remember any of it?

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

The Salvation Army helps vulnerable people access health care.