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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The Salvation Army is no longer active in recovery hubs in Queensland and New South Wales, but we are continuing to provide outreach support to those already registered or who are referred to us by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

2011 Qld Flood Report: 12 months on

2011 Qld Flood Report: 12 months on

1 February 2012

This report looks at the ongoing response of The Salvation Army to the 2011 Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi, 12 months after the disaster...

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Queensland floods: Standing together for the long haul

Queensland floods: Standing together for the long haul

30 June 2011

The Salvation Army recognises that it will take many Queenslanders years to recover from the enormity of the natural disasters that hit the ...

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2011 Qld Flood Report: 6 months on

2011 Qld Flood Report: 6 months on

26 June 2011

This report looks at the ongoing response of The Salvation Army to the 2011 Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi, 6 months after the disaster....

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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 Samaritan’s Purse fencing trailers, sponsored by the Salvation Army, continue to assist property owners rebuild fences destroyed by the ...

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