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.

Water for Life

Water for Life

The Salvation Army opens new wells as part of the Safe Water project in Sri Lanka.

Opinion & Critical Thought

Lessons From the Bay

Lessons From the Bay

Sharing Jesus can take you to unusual places—even to the deck of a lobster boat.

Freedom Fighter

Freedom Fighter

Major Danielle Strickland tackles trafficking in the U.S.A. Western Territory.

Territorial News

Salvation Army Responds After N.L. Wind Storm

Salvation Army Responds After N.L. Wind Storm

Warming centres offer comfort to residents in need.

Salvationists Join Nisga’a New Year Events

Salvationists Join Nisga’a New Year Events

Territorial commander celebrates 90th anniversary with Gitwinksihlkw Corps.

International News

The General Requests Prayer for Papua New Guinea

The General Requests Prayer for Papua New Guinea

After violent riots near territorial headquarters, Salvation Army commits to supporting the community to rebuild.

General Leads 150th Anniversary Celebrations at Oldest Surviving Salvation Army Corps

General Leads 150th Anniversary Celebrations at Oldest Surviving Salvation Army Corps

“William Booth would be proud and pleased to see that The Salvation Army in Poplar is still fulfilling the mission of God,” General André Cox declares.

Faith & Friends

The End of What We Knew

The End of What We Knew

An icy patch of road forever changed my family’s life.

Time for Change

Time for Change

At The Salvation Army, Cyntra Seebaransingh knows she is part of a team that is a true reflection of Canada.