When Disaster Strikes

The Salvation Army responds to those in need in times of crisis and disaster. Our basic services include more than just providing food and water to those in need. We also offer emotional and spiritual support for survivors and the first responders who are always there to help.

September is National Preparedness Month

Disasters can strike at any time and it's important to be ready when they do. To find out how you can be prepared in the Carolinas, check with our State Emergency Management Departments for more information.

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Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

Helping Carolinians Recover from Disaster

On September 8, 1900, a hurricane devastated Galveston, Texas leaving more than 5,000 people dead. The city, sustaining extensive property damage, was virtually destroyed. While survivors were still reeling from this onslaught of nature, Frederick Booth-Tucker, National Commander, ordered Salvation Army officers from across America to proceed to the disaster site to provide spiritual assistance. The Salvation Army's first national disaster appeal for funds was generously supported by caring Americans.

From these beginnings, The Salvation Army has developed local, regional and national disaster services programs.

In North and South Carolina, The Salvation Army remains ready for any disaster that may occur. There are hundreds of Salvation Army personnel on call from all of our states regions to quickly deploy to provide emergency food, shelter, and spiritual needs. Routinely, The Salvation Army's units deploy to provide for the practical and spritual needs of first responders.

From destructive weather to state and national tragedies, The Salvation Army is ready and willing to assist with a formidible group of personnel and stock of emergency supplies.

The red shield continues to be a beacon of compassion in North and South Carolina; of immediate aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by forces beyond their control.

Read More About our Disaster Work

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One Million Meals

12:22 PM • Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today, The Salvation Army served its one millionth meal as it continues to respond to the Hurricanes that have impacted the southeastern United States. When you support The Salvation Army's disaster response,…

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10 Canteens to Florida

01:01 PM • Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ten mobile feeding units (canteens) from The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina are on the way to Jacksonville, Florida to serve people impacted by Hurricane Irma. Each canteen is manned by a crew…

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We Have Your Back

04:21 PM • Saturday, October 15, 2016

As the flood waters from Hurricane Matthew have been relentless in Edgecombe County, Salvation Army officers, volunteers and staff have kept working harder to bring hope.

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Learn More about Emergency and Disaster Services

The Salvation Army USA has a website dedicated to our work in response to disasters. The site is updated regularly with news, stats, and information and is a great resource, particularly in times of disaster response. It also has information about how you can get involved as a trained volunteer with us in order to help support the work of The Salvation Army in response to emergency and disaster situations.

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