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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.

Grace Under Fire

Grace Under Fire

As Fort McMurray burned, Lieutenant Tinisha Reid struggled to get her cancer-stricken father to safety.

Salvationists of  Bermuda

Salvationists of Bermuda

Quinell Francis, Terry Battersbee and Warren Jones share the love of Jesus.

Opinion & Critical Thought

The Long Road to Freedom

The Long Road to Freedom

We need to be free on the outside and the inside.

Common Ground

Common Ground

Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

Territorial News

Salvation Army Expands in Kelowna

Salvation Army Expands in Kelowna

New Community Life Centre will help people access Army services.

Army Leaders Attend B.C. Elders Gathering

Army Leaders Attend B.C. Elders Gathering

Being guests of the Elders “a great honour.”

International News

Salvation Army in Italy Prepares Earthquake Response

Salvation Army in Italy Prepares Earthquake Response

Army looks to partner with other organizations to assist those who have lost everything.

Rio Mission Teams Take Christ into the Community

Rio Mission Teams Take Christ into the Community

Salvationists use sports to reach out to young people and spread the gospel.

Faith & Friends

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

A trip by The Salvation Army’s Canadian Staff Band changed one young life forever.

Smiley’s People

Smiley’s People

Volunteering at The Salvation Army gave Diane Pennock a chance to help others. Little did she know, her life would change as well.