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The Importance of Emergency Response Training


The frequency and impact of natural disasters is on the rise worldwide.  Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, forest fires, tornadoes, ice storms and severe rain storms are happening more often than ever before.

It is important to be ready for a variety of situations and that is why disaster management training is critical.

The Salvation Army has developed a very detailed training program, the National Disaster Training Program (NDTP).  Volunteers are trained in every aspect of emergency response that includes food-service handling and delivery, […]


Flood Relief Continues in High River, Alberta


It is now more than a month since The Salvation Army provided initial assistance to people being evacuated in High River, Alberta, due to the rising flood waters. With that first call to feed 100 evacuees on June 20, we mobilized two emergency disaster services workers and the Calgary Community Response Unit. Since then, we have had up to eight community response units and hundreds of personnel and volunteers responding in Canmore, Morley, Exshaw, Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Calgary, High […]


Salvation Army Launches Emergency Response in China Following 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake


A Disaster Assessment Team has been dispatched by The Salvation Army to Dingxi City in the Gansu Province of China following an earthquake which struck in the morning of 23 July. The tremors had a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale, causing significant damage to infrastructure and leaving many people homeless. State media reports that at least 75 people were killed and 450 injured, with scores still unaccounted for.

Meeting local officials on arrival, the team from The […]


Salvation Army Providing 300 Meals a Day at Lac-Mégantic


The Salvation Army would like to express its gratitude to the public, volunteers, team members, businesses, emergency services as well as the authorities who dedicate their efforts to support their fellow citizens of Lac-Mégantic.

The Salvation Army has been present onsite since the beginning of this terrible tragedy. On July 17, 2013, the mayor of Lac-Mégantic highlighted the work of the Salvation Army at a press conference. Our team currently serves approximately 300 meals and snacks per day, mostly to help […]


After the Flood: A Woman Rebuilds in High River


One by one their homes were overtaken by water. They were powerless to respond. Now, unsure of the future, residents like Kathleen are cleaning-up, trying to get back on their feet.

On June 20, 2013, High River, AB, declared a state of emergency when torrential rains and widespread flooding washed out roads and bridges, cars, couches and appliances, and sent residents racing to safety. The flood was described by the provincial government as the worst in Alberta’s history.


Ten days after the […]


Salvation Army Opens Disaster Assistance Centre In High River


July 15, 2013-Flooding in southern Alberta has changed lives forever and The Salvation Army continues to support those affected.

During the past week The Salvation Army has continued to provide hydration and food at various locations in the Town of High River. Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) teams travelled the streets, often on foot, providing hydration, snacks, and clean-up supplies such as disposable paper coveralls, masks and gloves, to residents who began to clean out their homes. ESC teams were also […]


Salvation Army in San Francisco, USA, Provides Support to Passengers from Crash-Landing


Following the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport, USA, on Saturday 6 July, The Salvation Army has had a key supporting role in providing help to responders, survivors and affected families. Flight 214, en route from the South Korean capital Seoul, suffered significant damage on impact. The incident killed two people and injured nearly 200 others.

Salvation Army teams from around the Greater San Francisco area were called upon to provide translation support and emotional […]


Salvation Army Responds to Tragedy at Lac-Mégantic


The Salvation Army is responding after a train derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on Saturday, causing the deaths of five people and forcing 1,000 people from their homes.

A team of volunteers from the Sherbrooke Salvation Army, along with Major Brian Venables, divisional commander, Quebec Division, and Lieutenant Wayne Knight, divisional emergency and disaster services director, are onsite providing practical and spiritual care. An emergency disaster services Community Response Unit has been deployed to deliver supplies, including water, coffee, snacks and blankets.

“We […]

Calgary update

Alberta Floods Update


July 8, 2013-The Calgary Flood Emergency has officially ended and residents who are still displaced will be assisted through our Community Services office.  The Salvation Army is primarily focusing its relief efforts in High River, where flood waters continue to be pumped and residents return to pick up the pieces of their lives. Food, hydration and a listening ear are welcome relief to a town “just totally not prepared for this.”

“The Salvation Army is exactly what we need,” says High […]


Salvation Army Alberta Flood Relief


Through its ongoing flood relief efforts in Alberta, The Salvation Army has served more than 10,000 people with food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care.

In Medicine Hat, there are still 170 homes evacuated and it is anticipated that 40 to 50 of them will be evacuated long-term. Salvation Army personnel on site at the evacuation centre are arranging accommodation, providing clothing vouchers and gift cards.

In Calgary, the Centre of Hope has reopened. The elevator is currently inoperable, preventing some residents and […]