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Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams of volunteers provide emergency catering in times of disaster or crisis.
The aim of the SAES is to support people and communities at their point of need, and to ensure emergency service workers and volunteers are also catered for.
Whether it's a natural disaster like a cyclone, flood, bushfire or earthquake, or an incident such as a transport accident, structure fire or missing person search, SAES teams will be on the ground supporting those on the frontline of the emergency.
While SAES teams are one of the first groups of Salvos to respond to a disaster, this is closely followed by more Salvos who work with communities through the recovery process.
The Salvation Army has developed a strong relationship with state governments so as to provide a coordinated response to ensure the best service delivery possible is achieved.
SAES teams may be tasked to work in evacuation centres from small community halls to major city showgrounds. They may be in the field supporting emergency service agencies from built-up areas to farmer’s paddocks and getting alongside the community as the clean-up begins.
The SAES is always looking for new volunteers. The training is easy, the environment is friendly and knowing you have played a part in helping others is priceless.
More details of the SAES can be found at Salvation Army Emergency Service