Disaster Relief Operations
From its inception, The Salvation Army has relied heavily on volunteers who support its programs. Often referred to as "the army behind The Army," volunteers play a crucial role in response efforts during a disaster by positively impacting the lives of those involved. The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services is always looking for individuals ready to make a significant contribution through supporting communities, uplifting families or serving front line responders in the wake of a crisis.
SERVICE AREAS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO)
Administration / Personnel Support
Casework / Disaster Social Services
Clean-up / Reconstruction
Communications / Amateur Radio
Emotional & Spiritual Care
Government / Interagency Liaison
Medical / Nursing Services
Mental Health Services
Public Information / Media Relations
Warehouse / Logistical Support
As a volunteer of The Salvation Army, you will be of priceless value to your community. The Salvation Army appreciates its volunteers and recognizes their strengths and achievements. Individuals interested in volunteering should fill out our On-line Disaster Worker Profile and Registration form through the link provided below. These registrations will immediately be sent to your local EDS office and Volunteer Coordinator.
NATIONAL DISASTER DEPLOYMENT
In the event of a large scale or national disaster, The Salvation Army sends pre-trained, pre-approved volunteers to the disaster site for a two-week deployment, which includes 12 full working days and approximately 2 travel days. Operational needs normally include, but are not limited to the services found above.
Travel, lodging and meal costs are generally provided by The Salvation Army for approved volunteers able to deploy for the entire 2 week period. Volunteers typically live in temporary lodging which may be as rudimentary as tented-housing, or could be hotel lodging with shared, double-occupancy rooms. Volunteers who have received proper training in advance, receive priority when requesting to be sent to the disaster site.
Register on-line to begin the pre-approval process. Please email Kathy_Barbeire@uss.salvationarmy.org to express interest in local training opportunities.
Do not travel to the disaster site on your own, without being deployed by a local Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator. There is limited food, water and lodging in the area, and we cannot guarantee that we will have any of those provisions for you. Do contact your local Salvation Army corps office or fill out the online registration form to apply.