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Disaster and Emergency Support Services

Disaster and Emergency Support Services

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

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.

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

The Salvation Army disaster assistance provides support in different stages of disaster and emergencies. We provide emergency response during the crisis and in the immediate aftermath. Meals and refreshments, care packs, bedding, referrals, counselling and financial assistance are just some of the ways we help.

In later stages we conduct initial assessment and provision of emergency funds for those who have been severely impacted by the disaster. For example, damage to, or loss of, homes and livelihoods. 

For more information on how we provide help and support during disasters and emergencies please see out FAQ page.
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Courage and compassion shines through

13 January 2020

On behalf of The Salvation Army, Assistant Chief Secretary Winsome Merrett expresses our gratitude to each and every person who has helped ...

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Australia rallies as devastating bushfires continue

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International volunteers reinforce local teams as bushfire crisis continues

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Salvo volunteers continuing to cater to thousands of evacuees and firefighters as the bushfire crisis escalates

3 January 2020

Salvation Army Emergency Services crews and an army of fresh Salvo volunteers are continuing to cater to thousands of evacuees and firefight...

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As the bushfire emergency escalates, The Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) is supporting firefighters in New South Wales, Victoria a...

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Bushfire crisis continues

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The Salvation Army remains active at evacuation centres attending to bushfires in NSW and QLD. Ongoing support is required for those affecte...

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Salvos step up bushfire relief efforts

Salvos step up bushfire relief efforts

11 November 2019

Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams and additional volunteers are supporting fire crews and police, as well as those people affec...

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The Salvation Army Launches Disaster Appeal

The Salvation Army Launches Disaster Appeal

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The Salvation Army launches Disaster Appeal for QLD and NSW bushfires. Unprecedented demand drives $3M appeal target. Woolworths leads with ...

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Prime Minister with SAES at South Queensland's bushfire affected area

Prime Minister with SAES at South Queensland's bushfire affected area

16 September 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits SAES at Canungra in support of Queensland bushfire...

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