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.

Walking the Emmaus Road

Walking the Emmaus Road

An encounter with the Risen One inspires hope and transformation.

Reflections on Holy Week

Reflections on Holy Week

Speakers share sermons on love in preparation for Good Friday and Easter.

Opinion & Critical Thought

Celebrating the Risen One with the Rising Sun

Celebrating the Risen One with the Rising Sun

Churches in Orillia gather on Easter morning to share the message that love is the strongest force in the world.

Where Is God When It Hurts?

Where Is God When It Hurts?

The miracle of Easter means you don’t have to face trials on your own.

Territorial News

Breakfast Program Serves Food and Fun

Healthy Families provides a safe environment for children to eat a nutritious meal.

New Executive Appointments Announced

These Salvation Army appointments within the Canada and Bermuda Territory are effective June 27, 2014.

International News

General Reopens “Transformed” Sunbury Court

General Reopens “Transformed” Sunbury Court

Historical building is now home to the International College for Officers and Centre for Spiritual Life Development.

Salvation Army Provides Assistance After Korean Ferry Disaster

Salvation Army Provides Assistance After Korean Ferry Disaster

Relief team provides food and laundry services to rescuers and victims’ families.

Faith & Friends

The Gospel of Green

The Gospel of Green

Instead of wringing their hands about the plight of Africa, Dale and Linda Bolton decided to do something

Book Review: Heaven is for Real

Book Review: Heaven is for Real

Is Heaven is for Real a bona fide account of a little boy’s near-death experience or just wishful thinking?