EDS April 16 - GetPrepared

Emergency Planning Saves Lives


Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1 to 7, is an opportunity for Canadians to ensure they are prepared for any emergency situation that may arise. Natural disasters, pandemics, cyber incidents and terrorism can all cause emergencies in Canada. While response personnel, such as those with The Salvation Army, prepare by participating in training classes, all individuals and families should also prepare for potential dangers and threats.

“It takes about 20 minutes to make a family emergency plan,” says Major Rick Shirran, Emergency […]

carpentry students stand in front of hand-made shed

Wiarton Trades Program Empowers At-Risk Youth


They are youth at risk―struggling, frustrated and uncertain about the future. But The Salvation Army’s Trades Start Program in Wiarton, Ont., is changing that.

“Trades Start, a 20-week course that teaches both hospitality and carpentry skills, serves youth who have fallen through the cracks,” says Scott Concordia, Program Coordinator. “Participants are often from unstable home situations, are high school drop outs and/or are unemployed. We help them get moving in the right direction.”

From Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., […]

Salvation Army responds to Ecuador Earthquake

Salvation Army Responds to 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Ecuador


The Salvation Army in Ecuador continues to respond to the April 16 earthquake that is now known to have killed at least 570 people. Salvation Army emergency response teams are at work across the affected region, around Ecuador's north-west coast, providing food, water and other essentials to people who have been forced from their homes.

'When we arrived we saw the devastation caused by the earthquake―buildings in rubble, people lining up to buy a little bit of water, commercial premises closed,” […]

Beneficiary of Salvation Army transitional housing

From Hopelessness to Helping Others


One day, Judy was a successful accountant. The next day, she was in a coma.

“I was volunteering when I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm,” says Judy. “I was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to reduce bleeding and pressure. My family was called in to say goodbye.”

Three weeks later, Judy woke up. She couldn’t see due to eye damage, was strapped in a chair so she wouldn’t fall out and was unable to remember the nurses’ names. Life would […]