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Disaster Relief and Emergency Response

When a natural disaster or sudden catastrophe causes social and personal chaos, The Salvation Army moves into action - often minutes after the tragedy has occurred - to meet the needs of the victims. The Army's first priority is to meet the immediate needs of any victim or relief worker at the disaster scene without discrimination by supplying food, shelter and grief counseling. The Salvation Army self-contained mobile feeding units are a familiar sight on the scene of any disaster. These "canteens," which resemble United Parcel Service trucks, are equipped with all the conveniences of a modern-day kitchen and are operated by trained volunteers. They are an important food source for victims and relief workers at the height of an emergency. They can serve about 2,000 people a day from a single unit.