EMERGENCY DISASTER SERVICES
The Salvation Army is most visible during immediate disaster relief, but unlike others we're also a long-term recovery agency. We stay connected to the families we serve, especially our most vulnerable neighbors who often spend the next decade trying to recover. We know that disaster recovery isn't over when the insurance checks come in. We're here for the long haul, and we don't put a deadline on serving those without a safety net. In 2016 and 2017, The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem's Emergency Disaster Services Mobile Feeding Kitchen, or canteen was deployed to South Carolina during Hurricane Matthew, to Florida after Hurricane Irma, and also served right here at home in Stokes and Rockingham Counties in the wake of damaging tornadoes in May 2017. In 2018 the canteen was deployed to the coast to serve in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Pictured above is Capt. Karl Bush with a tornado survivor.
While each disaster creates its own unique circumstances and special needs, The Salvation Army offers several basic services to disaster victims and rescue workers. These services form the core of The Salvation Army's disaster services program, but are not the limit. Salvation Army services are flexible and may be adapted to meet the specific needs of the community or a disaster event.
Feeding, Counseling, Praying, Doing the Most Good
The services provided by The Salvation Army during disasters are wide ranging. From making sure survivors and first responders are fed and hydrated, to giving spiritual counseling to those affected by whatever the disaster may be, The Salvation Army is there to serve.
How Can You Help?
In times of disaster it is natural to want to do whatever you can to help. There are several ways you can be a part of Doing the Most Good in the aftermath of a disaster, whether natural or man made. The most effective way to assist is by making a monetary donation. These funds give Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services on the scene the most flexibility to provide what's needed most where it's most needed. From food to clothing to funds for emergency shelter and housing, your cash donations will be put to use where they will Do the Most Good.
Did you Know?
A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.
The Winston-Salem Area canteen is capable of serving 1,500 meals a day.
I Want To Volunteer To Serve
Trained volunteers are effective volunteers. During a disaster, The Salvation Army relies upon trained disaster workers to coordinate emergency relief operations and deliver fast, efficient service to disaster survivors. The Salvation Army's national disaster training program includes courses developed by The Salvation Army and training certified by other partner organizations whose technical expertise is nationally recognized in a given field. To become a trained disaster volunteer, please contact Robin Pardella .