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The Salvation Army was founded in London, England, in 1865, where its International Headquarters can still be found. The leader of the Salvation Army faith worldwide is given the honorific “General” and elected by a High Council of international Salvation Army leaders.  The purpose of The Salvation Army is succinctly stated in its mission statement:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Local Emergency Assistance

While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army's disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster. Services that The Salvation Army offers are but not limited to:

  • Food Service
  • Shelter
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Donations Management
  • Emotional and Spiritual Care
  • Emergency Communications
  • Disaster Case Management
  • Clean-up and Reconstruction
  • The ability to work with our partners that bring added resources

Training Requirements

The Salvation Army has a standardized curriculum that is taught all over the world.  The Salvation Army encourages anyone, staff or volunteers to take the Introduction to Disaster Services and Incident Command before they respond to a disaster.   Other courses offered are: Community and Government, Disaster Food Service, Disaster Social Services, Emergency Assistance in Disaster Operation, Foundation of Emotional and Spiritual Care, Application of Emotional and Spiritual Care, Finance and Administration, Liaison Officer, Planning Section, Preparing Together, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Volunteer Management, First Aid/CPR, Leadership, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) courses, and ServSafe Food Safety training. All trainings are free.

Background Checks

All volunteers and staff that are affiliated with The Salvation Army are required to have a background check.