Every year, natural disasters cost Americans $15 billion in insured losses.

Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, droughts, flooding, and other natural disasters pose the greatest threat to our country.

The Salvation Army Helps Meet the Disaster Survivors Through:

Emergency Preparedness

As one of the largest disaster relief organizations in the country, The Salvation Army recognizes the need to be prepared. We educate other first responders and the public about how to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and aid in the development of emergency disaster plans.

Immediate Emergency Response

Natural disasters strike without much warning, so The Salvation Army is ready to jump into action on short notice. We gather donations, resources, and volunteers in a predetermined staging area so we’re ready to help as soon as the federal, state, or local government declares the area safe to enter. Our disaster assistance includes providing food, water, and shelter to victims, lending a hand with cleanup, and putting people in touch with their loved ones.

Long-Term Disaster Recovery

The Salvation Army continues to aid victims of natural disasters throughout the recovery process. We collaborate with local, state, and federal governments to develop and execute a long-term disaster relief and recovery plan, including restoration and rebuilding initiatives, meeting basic needs, covering medical expenses, cutting funeral costs, and distributing in-kind donations to help victims rebuild their lives.

Spiritual and Emotional Care

Not all aftermath of natural disasters is visible to the naked eye. The Salvation Army helps treat the emotional stress and trauma of disaster victims and first responders with emotional support and spiritual comfort. Whether it’s lending a listening ear, offering a hug, joining together in prayer, or simply being present, Salvation Army counselors are ready to help.

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Natural disasters have tremendous financial impact too.

Insured losses because of natural disasters in the United States total about $15 billion a year.

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Disaster displaces millions.

Every year, over 90 million people are affected by natural disasters.

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The Salvation Army fights natural disasters with acts of God.

The Salvation Army is ready to jump into action with disaster relief services whenever natural disasters strike. In addition to addressing the typical needs of victims, The Salvation Army tailors its services to fit the specific needs of the individuals and communities as well as to the magnitude of the disaster.


The Salvation Army Brings Immediate Help, Continued Hope, and Long-Term Healing to Disaster Survivors

Watch how we provide rescue and relief to communities affected by disaster.