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Posts Tagged: Emergency Disaster Services

Salvation Army Supports First Responders in Ottawa Shooting

Salvation Army in Ottawa Supports First Responders


On October 22, a gunman opened fire in Ottawa at the National War Memorial and Parliament, killing one soldier. With military and law enforcement personnel mobilized to secure the area, The Salvation Army’s well-established Emergency and Disaster Services (EDS) provided fast, efficient service to first responders.

Requested at the police Incident Command Post, The Salvation Army’s EDS canteen supplied emergency personnel with food service support.  Approximately 500 meals and also water, coffee, cold drinks and snacks were served to Ottawa Police [...]

Salvation Army mobile feeding units provide food and hydration to displaced residents and first responders

Salvation Army Responds to California Earthquake


Napa, CA- After a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rattled Northern California early Sunday, The Salvation Army has deployed multiple canteens (mobile feeding units) to the Napa and Vallejo areas.

A Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team was sent to the evacuation centre in Napa (Crosswalk Community Church) and is prepared to serve more than 100 dinner meals to displaced residents and first responders. Two other canteens are stationed in other parts of Napa to also serve meals.

Another crew is providing meal [...]

West Africa in the wake of deadly Ebola outbreak

Salvation Army Provides Aid to West Africa in the Wake of Deadly Ebola Outbreak


The number of people who have died in the worst Ebola outbreak in history has risen to more than 930. Since its initial outbreak that first began in Guinea in March 2014, the virus has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory shares a partnership with Liberia and Sierra Leone, carrying out its mission of hope, healing and transformation.

In response to the outbreak The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory is providing:

  • sanitizer, chlorine and [...]
Salvation Army transforms refugees lives in Uganda camp

Salvation Army Assists Sudanese Refugees in Uganda


Ongoing conflicts and fighting have gripped South Sudan, forcing more than 1.5 million at-risk people to flee from their homes.

The International Salvation Army, including the Canada and Bermuda Territory, is responding to the plight of refugees seeking safety in nearby Uganda.

It is estimated that more than 550,000 registered refugees have fled the war-torn country since December 2013 with 100,000 arriving in Uganda between March and May 2014.

The situation in Uganda changes day by day as new refugees arrive [...]

Salvation Army helps vulnerable in hot weather

Heat—The Most Harmful Weather for the Vulnerable


Heat is the number one weather-related killer in North America. In Toronto, it is estimated that 120 people die from the heat each year, compared to 105 from the cold. Ratios are similar in other cities.

In sweltering temperatures it is critical that resources are available for vulnerable people such as those experiencing homelessness, the elderly and children. They are particularly at risk for heat-related illness.

“Across Canada, warning systems and extreme weather response plans have been known to save lives,” says [...]

Salvation Army thrift store in High River reopens five months after floods wreaked havoc on its interior

Alberta Floods: One Year Later


June 20, 2014, marks one year since Canadians watched helplessly as powerful, high flood waters unleashed destruction on Calgary and much of southern Alberta, leaving more than a dozen towns declaring a state of emergency.

Today, residents are still picking up the pieces of their lives and are, understandably, on edge when a lot of rain is forecasted and the snow pack in the mountains is deep.

“I’m anxious every time it rains,” says Kathleen, a resident of High River who was [...]

Salvation Army Philippines Relief Update


While The Salvation Army agrees the resilience of the Filipino people in the aftermath of the November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan is remarkable, there is still much work to be done.

Carolyn Barkhouse, a member of The Salvation Army in Canada, was recently deployed to assist with ongoing recovery and development efforts.

“I’m primarily based in Dulag, a city south of Tacloban on the island of Leyte in the middle of the country,” says Carolyn. “Leyte was the most heavily affected area [...]

Salvation Army in the News


The Salvation Army is helping vulnerable Canadians across the country. The following are links to media reports about The Salvation Army at work between May 12 – 16, 2014.

Ottawa, Ont.

Dozens of people were left without a home after fire ripped through a ground floor unit of an Ottawa high-rise, causing extensive smoke damage throughout.

The Salvation Army was on the scene assisting those who needed shelter. Read more.

Saskatoon, Sask.

The province of Saskatchewan is committing as much as $2.35 million [...]

Caption: Salvation Army in Tonga

Salvation Army in Tonga Responds to Cyclone Ian


The Salvation Army is arranging practical assistance after the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga was hit by one of the most powerful storms on record. The most serious damage from Cyclone Ian occurred on the island of Ha’apai, where many buildings collapsed and one person was killed. The category five cyclone – the strongest type – included gusts of almost 180 miles per hour.

The Salvation Army’s Regional Commander in Tonga has been speaking with government authorities and other non-governmental organizations [...]

Salvation Army Improves Lives in Haiti


Four years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, The Salvation Army continues to help communities rebuild. Vocational training is one example of how The Salvation Army is bringing hope to those affected by the January 12, 2010 catastrophe.