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Ext. 1: Early Recovery Financial Assistance | Ext. 2: Volunteer Registration | Ext. 3: Corporate Donations
Note regarding donated items:
At this time, we are no longer able to accept donated items for Camp fire survivors. We very much appreciate the hundreds who reached out to us with donations of supplies and other items during the aftermath of the fire.
The Camp Fire has burned thousands of acres in Butte County, California. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated, and the devastation is immense. It is estimated that 14,000 homes have been lost.
It is The Salvation Army's mission to meet human need - which includes providing vital social services as well as disaster response. During times of disaster, The Salvation Army provides meals, essential items and emotional care for evacuees and first responders.
We hope you will support our work in Butte County.
Make a gift that will assist the people of Butte County with vital services now and throughout the year.
Make a gift that directly supports evacuees and first responders of the Camp Fire.
As soon as the Camp Fire began, we started organizing our response. We began our assistance work on November 8. For over three weeks, our teams were at the scene, providing immediate assistance to evacuees and first responders.
The Salvation Army deployed multiple Emergency Disaster Service teams to provide meals and support. Personnel from Chico, Oroville, Redding, Auburn, Roseville, Santa Rosa, Yuba City, Reno and Solano County were assisting at various times. At the height of the need for immediate response, we were serving at eight different locations.
Our teams provided three meals a day, snacks, beverages, essential items, and emotional and spiritual care. The devastation to the area was severe, and thousands were in need. It was the perseverance of our officers, staff and volunteers that made it all possible.
When the camera crews leave, The Salvation Army doesn't.
Now that our immediate assistance is winding down, we are entering the early recovery phase. We are currently providing thousands of people with the financial assistance and essential household items they need. We are also developing a longer-term program which will include individual casework, as well as emotional and spiritual care. For those survivors who sign up for the program, we will be able to develop a recovery plan for each household. After all they have been through, our goal is to get survivors into a stable living environment. We will be able to help link them to assistance from other agencies, in addition to providing direct assistance for vital needs. Direct assistance may include: Move-in costs, household supplies, furniture, work supplies, disaster clean-up, and medical/prescription assistance.
Monetary donations are needed at this time. If you would like to support our immediate response efforts, make an online gift here, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Donations by mail may be designated "Camp Fire" and sent to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 348000
Sacramento, CA 95834
Ext. 0: In-Kind Donations | Ext. 1: Early Recovery Financial Assistance | Ext. 2: Volunteer Registration | Ext. 3: Corporate Donations
As one of the nation's major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army recognizes the critical importance of being prepared for natural and manmade disasters. Therefore, we take steps to ensure our own ability to respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster, while also working to educate other disaster professionals and the public at large about how to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.
Immediate Emergency Response
Emergency response services are activated on short notice according to an agreed-upon notification procedure coordinated with federal, state and local governments. Typically, Salvation Army personnel and resources will congregate at predetermined staging areas, entering the impacted area only once government first responders have indicated that it is safe and constructive to do so. These immediate response activities include food and hydration services, and emergency communication assistance to put victims in touch with their loved ones.
Long-Term Disaster Recovery
Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, The Salvation Army may continue providing immediate response services, such as food service, well into the recovery process. Additionally, The Salvation Army will often coordinate with local, state and federal entities to develop and execute long-term strategic disaster recovery plans. These activities include restoration and rebuilding initiatives, disaster social services (to address essential living needs, medical expenses or funeral costs) and in-kind donation distribution to disaster victims.
Spiritual and Emotional Care
Throughout the duration and aftermath of a major disaster, The Salvation Army provides spiritual comfort and emotional support upon request to victims and emergency workers coping with the stress of a catastrophe. Salvation Army counselors, who are often ordained as clergy (officers), may simply offer a "ministry of presence," but often people who know about The Salvation Army as representatives of God may ask for prayer or help from the Bible. Disaster relief and recovery services are provided to all in need without discrimination.