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.
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:
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.
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.
You can find the answers to some frequently asked questions concerning our bushfires response here.
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.
The Salvation Army Disasters Assistance team is available to help those affected in any state or territory across the country.
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
16 September 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits SAES at Canungra in support of Queensland bushfire...Read more
9 September 2019
The Salvation Army emergency services team is supporting fire-fighters and affected residents at the scene of major bushfires in NSW and QLD...Read more
22 March 2019
The Salvation Army Emergency Services [SAES] is deploying personnel and assets to support communities in the Northern Territory....Read more