Emergency Disaster Services


The Salvation Army is one of the nation's largest federally recognized emergency disaster services agencies, providing relief to 1-2 million disaster survivors and first responders each year in the United States. As a relief organization within the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), The Salvation Army was involved in the development of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Response Framework. When initiating a disaster relief operation, the Army's first aim is to meet the basic needs of both survivors and first responders. Our services' primary goals are to offer material comfort, physical comfort, and spiritual/emotional support.

Central Territory Resources: At-a-Glance

23 Command Vehicles

129 Canteens

4 SATERN Vehicles

15 ATV/UTV Units

24 Cargo Trailers

7,224 Cots

6 Kitchen Trailers

6 Cargo Trucks

12,926 Annual Training Sessions

Local Involvement

All Salvation Army disaster response services are managed locally, by people who live and work in the communities they serve. When tragedy strikes in your community, remember that The Salvation Army is on the scene, alongside fire, police and rescue personnel. Volunteers are needed for behind-the-scenes and frontline work. We welcome your involvement. 

Contact Us

Ted Bendler
EDS Coordinator

(608) 250-2213

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