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The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services program (EDS) seeks to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort in times of disaster. Our disaster volunteers are trained to assist in all kinds of emergencies by providing food, clothing, shelter or financial resources to those affected by such calamity.  Working with local emergency management and other community disaster organizations, The Salvation Army collaborates to provide the best possible services to those in need.

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Often, the most visible Salvation Army disaster service is the hot meals and drinks served to disaster survivors and emergency workers. Food may be prepared and served at congregate feeding sites, such as Salvation Army facilities, shelters or mobile canteens.  

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EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL CARE

 

The Salvation Army provides spiritual  comfort and emotional support to disaster survivors and emergency workers coping with the stress of a disaster. This support may include comforting the injured and bereaved, conducting memorial services, and providing chaplaincy services.

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The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s leaders in collecting, sorting, and  distributing donated goods. During a disaster, The Salvation Army may open warehouses to receive and sort donations and establish distribution centers to dispense these goods directly to disaster survivors.

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CLEANUP & RECONSTRUCTION

 

The Salvation Army may support cleanup and rebuilding activities after a disaster by distributing cleanup supplies; such as mops, brooms, buckets, shovels, detergents and tarps to disaster survivors or by deploying volunteer teams who can help residents clean up their damaged homes. 

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During catastrophic events, The Salvation Army may also coordinate volunteer rebuilding teams and warehouses to distribute reconstruction supplies, such  as lumber and sheetrock.

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The Salvation Army provides direct financial assistance to disaster survivors through a system of trained caseworkers. In the early phases of a disaster event, emergency financial assistance is focused on a survivors essential needs: food, clothing, and shelter. Additional assistance may be provided through vouchers, checks, or debit/gift cards.

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Once immediate needs have been met, The Salvation Army           transitions its financial assistance program into long-term recovery       assistance, and participates in community based “unmet” needs committees.
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The Salvation Army, Manatee County
Social Services and Administration
1204 14th St. West
Bradenton, FL  34205
(941) 748-5110
 

To volunteer - please register at our national website by clicking on the 'name badge' below, and a local representative will call you.
 

 

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