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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 26 September 2022

Thanks to our generous donors, volunteers and supporters, The Salvation Army has provided  the following support in Queensland and New South Wales:

  • Distributed $12,904,114 in financial assistance and in-kind support such as food parcels, clothing and household items
  • Issued 42,079 recovery grants
  • Assisted 39,423 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)

NSW Government recovery hubs

A full list of NSW Government recovery hubs can be found at the link below.
NSW Government recovery hubs

NSW Government disaster relief and support

Financial assistance and support are available from the NSW Government. Eligibility and details can be found at link below.
Financial assistance eligibility and support 

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.

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