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.

A Sure Foundation

A Sure Foundation

An interview with Major Darlene Morgan, assistant regional officer, Hungary Region, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary Territory.

In the Grip of Grace

In the Grip of Grace

I felt broken and alone, but God didn’t let me go.

Opinion & Critical Thought

Send the Fire

Send the Fire

Through Pentecost, we are empowered by the Spirit for the sake of the world.

The End

The End

How our 11th doctrine helps us practise hope.

Territorial News

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Wins Ad Awards

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Wins Ad Awards

TV commercials recognized at recent ceremony.

Youth Retreat Explores #GodsGloriousSelfie

Youth Retreat Explores #GodsGloriousSelfie

Young Salvationists deepen their faith at Ontario’s Youth Together weekend.

International News

UPDATE: Salvation Army Transports Resources to Remote Areas of Nepal

UPDATE: Salvation Army Transports Resources to Remote Areas of Nepal

Salvation Army volunteer teams use helicopters and trucks to continue relief efforts in Nepal.

Salvation Army Volunteer Captures Video of Earthquake in Nepal

Salvation Army Volunteer Captures Video of Earthquake in Nepal

Volunteer Michael Andrew captures live footage of destructive earthquake while hiking mountain trails in Nepal.

Faith & Friends

Five for Five

Five for Five

In every way that counted, The Salvation Army was there for me when I needed them most.

The Power of a Smile

The Power of a Smile

Thanks to The Salvation Army, Jeanne can look at herself in the mirror again. And she likes what she sees.