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.
How to access disaster support
Working with state and local government, we offer a range of services and assistance measures to help people and communities across all states who have been impacted by disasters – including financial assistance, emotional support and referrals.
If you are in a life-threatening situation, please call 000 immediately.
Your donation in action
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.
News and Stories
22 January 2020
Updated 24 January 2020 “We have been completely overwhelmed by the volume of support – financially and emotionally – ...Read more
15 January 2020
The Salvation Army's response to the national bushfire disaster is now in its fourth month with many emergency operations moving into recove...Read more
14 January 2020
For months, firefighters and emergency personnel have sacrificed their own time and personal safety to combat the spread of bushfires during...Read more
10 January 2020
The Salvation Army has been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyday Australians as catastrophic bushfires continue to impact lives. Your k...Read more
5 January 2020
Salvation Army volunteers continue to provide around-the-clock support to disaster-affected communities around the country. Here is the lat...Read more
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...Read more
1 January 2020
Salvos supporting relief efforts through the New Years Eve as bushfire crisis continues....Read more
31 December 2019
As the bushfire emergency escalates, The Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) is supporting firefighters in New South Wales, Victoria a...Read more