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.

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.

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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