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Disasters and emergencies

Whether it’s bushfires, floods, cyclones or prolonged drought, we understand that disasters have a devastating impact on communities and individuals. 

We realise that 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 help you regain some control over the situation.

We are here to support you for as long as it takes to recover.

Need help?

The Salvation Army Disasters Assistance team is available to help those affected in any state or territory across Australia. Contact them today for advice and support: 

1300 662 217

If you are in a life-threatening situation, please call 000 immediately.

For the latest information for affected residents and communties, please visit your state government website.


The Salvation Army works with federal, state and local government, as well as community organisations to best meet the needs of those affected by disasters. We offer a range of services and assistance measures to help people and communities impacted by disaster – including financial assistance, emotional support and referrals.

Assistance may include:

  • Initial direct unrestricted cash grants
  • Secondary financial grants
  • Special housing grants (rent, power/gas, telephone/internet)
  • Special household/personal grants (clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils, furniture)
  • Personal needs (medical and pharmaceutical)
  • Temporary and transitional accommodation relocation grants
  • Vehicle grants (registration, insurance and petrol)
  • School assistance (books, uniforms, excursions)
  • Financial counselling
  • Survivor advocacy

Additional support towards housing and employment services will be provided by Salvation Army Housing and Employment Plus

Your generous donation means that we can deliver crucial support right when it's needed, and that we can stay as long as it takes to help local communities make a full recovery.

Please donate now and show your support for our communities in crisis.

Donate to Disaster Relief

Your donation in action

Salvation Army disaster assistance provides support in three stages:

The first stage is emergency response during the crisis and in the immediate aftermath. Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams activate at evacuation centres to respond to needs on the ground. Meals and refreshments, care packs, bedding, referrals, counselling and financial assistance are just some of the ways we help.

The second stage is an initial assessment and provision of emergency funds.

The third stage is recovery. This is the longest stage where more financial support is provided for those who have been severely impacted by the disaster. For example, damage to, or loss of, homes and livelihoods. 

Your donation goes directly to supporting people affected by the disaster.

We are grateful for your generosity, but we are unable to accept donations of goods as the logistics of transporting, storing and distributing donated goods in disaster-affected communities is often not practical.

Financial donations also allow residents the opportunity to make their own choices and inject much-needed funds into local economies and businesses, helping communities recover sooner.

Salvation Army Emergencies Services (SAES) volunteers play a vital role during natural disasters by feeding and caring for first responders as well as providing other support as requested by Government and Emergency Services.  

All volunteers are provided with easy and simple training.

To get involved, please click below. Please be aware that only regions with current vacancies will be advertised.

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January 2011 - Unprecedented Flood Crisis in Australia (Qld, NSW, Vic)

January 2011 - Unprecedented Flood Crisis in Australia (Qld, NSW, Vic)

14 February 2011

As the immediate emergency response of feeding and housing people affected by floods concludes, The Salvation Army now has staff and centres...

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February 2011 - Cyclone Yasi 10/02/2011

10 February 2011

Salvation Army emergency services teams responded immediately in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Yasi which lashed the far northeast coast...

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2011 Queensland Floods - Update 30/1/2011

2011 Queensland Floods - Update 30/1/2011

30 January 2011

As part of The Salvation Army Flood Relief response, The Salvation Army are now preparing to invite people whose homes have been affected by...

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2011 Queensland Flood Update - 02/01/2011

2011 Queensland Flood Update - 02/01/2011

2 January 2011

Salvation Army emergency services personnel have been working around the clock for a number of days in their relief effort to help thousands...

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The Salvation Army helps bring some Christmas cheer

26 November 2010

In December 2009, The Salvation Army delivered a Christmas gift initiative to people whose homes were lost or severely damaged in the Black ...

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Centre providing support for the long term

26 September 2009

Whittlesea has been at the epicentre of the bushfire response since it became an emergency services staging ground on 7 February 2009....

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Volunteers assist with rebuilding fences

26 June 2009

The Samaritanís Purse fencing trailers, sponsored by the Salvation Army, continue to assist property owners rebuild fences destroyed by the ...

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Seymour team keeps on truckin'

26 June 2009

Since opening in the week following the February bushfires, The Salvation Armys Seymour warehouse has been the coordination point for much o...

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On The Scene 2007 Tsunami Report

On The Scene 2007 Tsunami Report

15 March 2007

Read The Salvation Armys 2007 report on the ongoing work in regions affected by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami....

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On The Scene 2006 Tsunami Report

On The Scene 2006 Tsunami Report

15 March 2006

Read The Salvation Armys 2006 report on the ongoing work in regions affected by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami....

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