Answer: The 1900 hurricane in Galveston, Texas
The Salvation Army's work in disaster relief began in 1900 in response to the devastating hurricane that destroyed Galveston, Texas and killed more than 5,000 people.
The devastation was so grand that the National Commander at the time, Frederick Booth-Tucker, ordered Salvation Army Officers from across the country to proceed to the disaster site to provide spiritual and practical assistance. Without the development of a canteen, the officers walked the streets giving people water and coffee.
Many recognize the Salvation Army through our canteens that respond in times of crisis. Canteens are mobile kitchens that provide hot meals and fresh coffee for anyone in need. To find out more on the canteen click on the video "What's A Canteen?" for more about the services we can offer and an in depth tour.
For more information about the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services click here disaster.salvationarmyusa.org