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When Disaster Strikes, Your Generosity Strikes Back

Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

Hurricane Harvey brought widespread devastation to Texas, and Hurricane Irma brought similar devastation to Florida, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands - triggering one of the largest disaster relief operations in The Salvation Army’s history.  We have been on the scene since day one in both hurricane situations, and will continue to be there for as long as we are needed. So far, we have served over 1,130,000 meals from 130 m    obile feeding units (201 at peak of service) and provided over 18,000 food boxes, 30,000 comfort kits and 9,300 cleanup kits. In addition, often overlooked during disasters is the need for emotional and spiritual care. The Salvation Army provides comfort and hope to survivors, first responders, and other individuals and groups that are helping with the disaster. For Harvey, so far we have provided this care to more than 68,800 people. In all, our staff and volunteers have rendered over 270,000 hours of service.

Read about our General's visit to Houston.

Hurricane Maria

Families and individuals in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are having to face another round of devastation due to Hurricane Maria. The Salvation Army continues to provide food and hydration to the affected residents. Since the aftermath, we have been working with local and national partners, like UPS, to send containers of water, food, and vital supplies to key areas of need.

Key updates:

  • In Puerto Rico
    • The Salvation Army is delivering an average of 8,000 meals per day in Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao and San Juan. This totals nearly 86,951 meals and snacks since the impact of Hurricane Irma.
  • In St. Thomas
    • In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army has partnered with the Dutch Reform Church to serve over 26,000 meals and snacks, along with delivering food, water, and supply boxes to the poorest communities on the Island.
    • In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army is serving nearly 2,400 families daily.
    • On Wednesday (9/20), while checking the condition of Salvation Army local units, teams distributed to hurricane survivors 460 bottles of water, 16 clean-up kits, and 72 hygiene kits in an hour.

As communities become accessible, The Salvation Army’s mobile emergency feeding teams, hydration vehicles, and personnel are moving through the affected areas to provide food, supplies, as well as emotional and spiritual support. This will continue until it is no longer needed.

How You Can Help

The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations.  100% of your gift will be used in support of our relief efforts.  It may be used to provide food and drinks to survivors, cleaning supplies and other essential commodities, direct financial aid to those effected, or to support disaster relief workers serving in the area.

Get updates on our hurricane relief efforts at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyEDS, or on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

Monetary donations are needed at this time. You can support our hurricane relief efforts by making a secure, online donation.

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More Ways to Help

Donations to the Caribbean
We have a donation page specifically for U.S. donors wishing to support Hurricane Irma and Maria relief efforts in the Caribbean.  Impacted areas include Barbuda, Antigua, St. Martin, Turks and Caicos, St. Barts, Anguilla, St. Thomas, Haiti and Bahamas.

By mail:
Salvation Army World Service Office
P.O. Box 418558 Boston, MA 02241-8558
Mark checks with "Hurricane Irma International Relief"

Make an online donation to the Caribbean here.

Donations to the Mexican Earthquake
We have a donation page specifically for U.S. donors wishing to support Mexican earthquake relief efforts.

By mail:
Salvation Army World Service Office
P.O. Box 418558 Boston, MA 02241-8558
Mark checks with "Mexico Earthquake Relief"

Make an online donation to the Mexican earthquake here.

More About Our Disaster Services

The Salvation Army helps meet the needs of disaster survivors in a variety of ways.

Emergency Preparedness
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, shelter, cleanup 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 emergency shelter and 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.