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Disaster and Emergency Support

Disaster and Emergency Support

The Salvation Army Disasters Assistance team is available to help those affected in any state or territory across the country.

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Disasters and emergencies

From emergency response to recovery, we stand with communities for the long haul, providing financial, material, emotional and spiritual support so lives can be re-established after disaster. 

In the aftermath of a disaster, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of what needs to be done. You don’t have to take that journey alone. The Salvation Army is available to provide advice and clarity, to make sense of what the next steps are and to help you regain some control over the situation. We are here to support you for as long as it takes to recover. 

Queensland and NSW Floods

The Salvation Army Strategic and Disaster Management (SEDM) team has supported response and recovery efforts in Queensland and New South Wales due to the unprecedented flood emergency. Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) and local corps have provided over 40,000 meals and refreshments in more than 20 evacuation centres in the first two weeks of the floods.  The SEDM team was in full operation in 30 recovery hubs in Queensland and New South Wales during the peak of the early recovery phase.

Our response

Last updated 27 June 2022

Thanks to our generous donors, volunteers and supporters, The Salvation Army has provided  the following support in Queensland and New South Wales:

  • Distributed $9,604,808 in financial assistance and in-kind support such as food parcels, clothing and household items
  • Issued 34,397 recovery grants
  • Assisted 14,921 people
  • 250+ volunteers deployed in a total of 30 recovery hubs in QLD and NSW (now closed)
  • 7488+ volunteer hours worked at evacuation centres (now closed)
  • 42,647+ meals and refreshments served at evacuation centres (now closed)

Evacuation centres

Evacuation Centres are now closed.

Recovery hubs

The Salvation Army is no longer active in recovery hubs in Queensland and New South Wales, but we are continuing to provide outreach support to those already registered or who are referred to us by other organisations. To find out more about active recovery hubs please visit the relevant state government website.
QLD Government

NSW Government


Financial assistance can also be accessed directly from th
ese organisations:
Red Cross

QLD Personal Hardship Assistance

Federal funding via Services Australia

NSW


The Salvation Army’s local services continue the good work in the community, for those who require further emotional and practical support on their recovery journey, please also reach out to these services.
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Other disaster and emergencies

The Salvation Army has provided ongoing care and support to communities affected by the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20. All grants have now closed and our bushfire chaplains are still offering support to people who were impacted.

You can read more about how The Salvation Army supported communities affected by the Black Summer bushfires in the latest Disaster Appeal Report.

News and Stories

Ongoing Salvos support for flood-affected towns

Ongoing Salvos support for flood-affected towns

1 April 2022

With evacuation centres reopening in parts of northern NSW after a second inundation of flood waters, so many of those affected are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Uncertainty hangs over many of these towns as people who had already lost everythin...

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How your flood appeal donation will be used in devastated communities

How your flood appeal donation will be used in devastated communities

11 March 2022

As Aussies dig deep to help those in need, Salvos will be there for the long-haul The Salvation Army is grateful so many Australians are dig...

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Clean up continues in Lismore

Clean up continues in Lismore

9 March 2022

The Queensland and New South Wales flood disaster has inundated numerous towns as it moved down the coast. One of the hardest hit has been t...

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Tweed Heads community comes together at Salvos evacuation centre

Tweed Heads community comes together at Salvos evacuation centre

4 March 2022

The fast-moving floods that inundated towns in south-east Queensland and northern NSW took everyone by surprise, leaving many communities cu...

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Salvos committed to flood-affected communities for the long haul

Salvos committed to flood-affected communities for the long haul

2 March 2022

The Salvation Army is launching a flood appeal for donations from the public to fund relief efforts in flood-affected areas in QLD and NSW....

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The Salvation Army served over 12,000 meals in flood-affected regions

The Salvation Army served over 12,000 meals in flood-affected regions

2 March 2022

Salvos Flood Appeal aims to raise $10 million As damaging weather ravages the east coast of Australia and thousands of Aussies have become d...

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SAES teams stretched as Queensland and NSW floods inundate towns

SAES teams stretched as Queensland and NSW floods inundate towns

1 March 2022

With devastating floods continuing to wreak havoc in south-east Queensland and northern NSW, Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) are on...

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Salvos continue to help in storm-ravaged areas

Salvos continue to help in storm-ravaged areas

18 June 2021

The impact of the wild weather that battered Victoria on 9 June continues to be felt by affected communities. The Salvation Army Emergency S...

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Disaster mode kicks in again under different skies

Disaster mode kicks in again under different skies

26 March 2021

Just over 12 months ago, the skies over much of New South Wales were filled with smoke as bushfires raged and temperatures soared. Fast forw...

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