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For over 115 years, The Salvation Army has been providing Emergency Disaster Services around the world. We are passionate about our work supporting first responders and those affected by disasters such as fire, earthquake, flooding and other crises. Download your disaster preparedness checklist.

We give rest to the weary.

While every disaster is unique, the core of our disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities, and are scale-able according to the magnitude of the disaster.

Did you know . . .

Disaster Preparedness

We know the importance of preparation for disaster. Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy to carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you easily in case you must evacuate.

  • Make a plan with your family. Plan how to communicate after an event, and where to meet if home is not an option
  • Practice your plan with the family
  • Maintain your home emergency kit

Maintain Your Kit

  • Build your kits into transportable packs (such as backpacks)
  • Keep perishables at top of kit for easy replacement
  • Schedule on your calendar (phone or computer) the rotation of your perishables
  • Open and review your kit with adult family members once a year

Contents of Your Kit

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy to prepare items (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
  • Cash (small bills in addition to 20’s)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio recommended)
  • Camping stove with fuel
  • Extra batteries
  • First-Aid kit
  • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-Purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc)
  • Cell phone with chargers (battery-powered auxiliary batteries are great!)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Emergency blankets and/or sleeping bags

Download your disaster preparedness checklist. You can easily save and print this checklist. Use it to create your emergency kit, and you'll rest easy knowing that you and your family will ready when a disaster occurs.


Download Your Disaster Kit Checklist


In An Emergency . . .

  • Monitor radio and television news closely for information about weather conditions in your area and safety precautions being advised.
  • Be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation is ordered. Have alternative evacuation routes out of your neighborhood.
  • Never touch a downed power line, which can cause serious injury or death. Call 9-1-1 to report it.
  • Report small problems as soon as they occur so they don’t turn into bigger problems.

Learn more about our Emergency Disaster Services.