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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 survivors.

The Army's first priority is to meet the immediate needs of any survivor 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 food 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.




Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
This course is designed for new disaster workers who have limited disaster experience and who have just begun their association with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Program. The course provides participants with an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission and its role within disaster work. Participants will also be taught how to prepare and equip themselves for a disaster employment.

07/15/2016, 05:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Ministry of Presence

The Salvation Army disaster service is more than just physical care; it also emotional and spiritual support. This course will explore appropriate emotional and spiritual care from its most basic level of "just being there" to the deeper aspects of pastoral counseling and referral. This is a highly interactive course that will both challenge and help participants to care for both others and themselves during a disaster deployment.

Prerequisite(s): Intro to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

07/16/2016, 08:30 am - 12:00 pm

ServSafe® Food Handler (6th Edition)

This course introduces participants to the basics of safe food handling. The course explains how food can become unsafe through time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination, and improper cleaning and sanitizing, and the importance good personal hygiene plays in limiting the spread of bacteria and other dangerous pathogens.

07/16/2016, 12:30 pm - 04:30 pm

Safe From Harm - Level 1

Safe From Harm (SFH) is a comprehensive program, complete with model guidelines, deigned to assist The Salvation Army’s Corps and Social Services Institutions in their efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.

07/16/2016, 04:30 pm - 05:30 pm


For information about The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.