Fight disaster and spread hope.

Over the past five years, the U.S. has experienced an average of 18 billion-dollar climate disasters each year.

We’ve all seen what happens when drought, wildfires, flash-floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and blizzards arrive.

And while every natural disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the heart of The Salvation Army’s disaster response is to meet the immediate needs of a survivor and the emergency responders there to help, including:

  • Food services including meals, snacks and drinks for rescue workers and survivors. In fact, one of the first signs that help is on the way is often the arrival of a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit.
  • Social services to provide emergency assistance for survivors’ most urgent needs, including clothing, shelter and medical services.
  • Emergency communications through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), a worldwide network of volunteer amateur radio operators and other communications specialists mobilized to transmit emergency information during a disaster.
  • Donations management, encouraging cash donations as the best and most flexible way for the public to help while receiving in-kind donations that can be effectively and efficiently distributed.
  • Cleanup and recovery for the long-term with flexible programming that is adaptable to the unique needs of individual communities.
  • Training to help individuals and communities prepare for emergency events and become trained disaster volunteers.

Every step of the way, The Salvation Army offers emotional and spiritual care upon request to those affected. Many times, those in Salvation Army uniform are asked for prayer in the midst of a tragedy.

It’s this “ministry of presence” The Salvation Army considers one of its highest honors.

After the unspeakable, we speak hope.

As the only provider of social services in every U.S. zip code, The Salvation Army uniquely understands that disaster can strike anywhere.

In 2022 alone, the U.S. experienced 18 natural disasters that displaced 3.4 million adults.

Need can affect anyone.

A $10 donation will feed
1 disaster survivor for a day.

By providing practical and emotional care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to those in extremely difficult situations—and we’ve been at it since 1865.

Your gift will help The Salvation Army transform a life.
A gift of $10 will help The Salvation Army feed a disaster survivor for a day.

Will you join us in Doing Good?

Here’s how it works:

Decide to join The Salvation Army in our fight against disasters.

Give $10 to help feed a disaster survivor for a day.

Rest easy tonight knowing you’re helping your community prepare.

Yes, you could keep “do good” on your to-do list. You could set a resolution to help others this year.

Or, you can decide to choose love today.

Fill the you-sized hole for goodness. Give to fight disaster in your community today.

Download your Get Prepared Disaster Checklist here.

Our Promise to Donors Like You

The Salvation Army is dedicated to Doing the Most Good, assisting more than 24 million Americans annually with food, shelter, rehabilitation, disaster relief, child protection and more.

By meeting tangible needs, we give the world a lasting display of the love behind our beliefs. Since 1865, we have been working to provide sustainable solutions for the most vulnerable. We stay not just until the job is done, but long afterward to ensure the healing continues.

With 82 cents of every dollar dedicated to directly supporting the needs of the community in which it was received, The Salvation Army is committed to stewarding every donation with integrity.

Read our most recent annual report.

“I learned a great deal [volunteering after a tornado]—that people don’t play victim when they’re in a disaster situation. They’ve lost family members, they need assistance, but they would come in wanting to know how they could help their neighbor. They were devastated but wanting to help. I was so humbled by that.”

– Catherine Atiyeh-Mitchell, Volunteer and Advisory Board Member, Portland, Oregon

Words From Our Community of Survivors and Helpers

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