The Salvation Army is often among the first on the scene when natural disasters strike. Officers
are trained to meet all kinds of emergencies by providing food, hydration, clothing, shelter and
spiritual comfort. Disaster canteens have become familiar sights to firefighters, police officers
and victims alike.

In the event of a major disaster in the Louisville area, The Salvation Army would be able to call
in workers and equipment from regional and natural resources. The Salvation Army supports
first responders in disaster. The first aim is to support those who have been affected, both
survivors and first responders, by providing food, hydration, clothing, shelter and other basic

Several Factors Guide The Salvation Army’s Role In Responding To Disasters:

These Guiding Factors Include:

  • The Salvation Army has an established right to provide disaster relief services. That right is recognized public law and through signed Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements (MOU’s) with government agencies and other voluntary organizations
  • The Salvation Army’s disaster relief services are supported solely by donations
  • The Salvation Army is not a first responder; rather, it supports first responders
  • The Salvation Army is a mass-care support agency

Recent Local Disasters:

In August of 2009 heavy rains caused flash floods around the city causing record breaking
damage. The Salvation Army distributed more than 800 clean up kits to families in need.

In September 2008, the Salvation Army was called upon to provide disaster relief when high
winds from Hurricane Ike blew through Kentucky causing enormous destruction. Many homes
and businesses were damaged by falling trees, branches and flying debris. Power poles
snapped in half causing a power outage that left more than 300,000 Louisville residents in the
dark. The Salvation Army served two meals a day, along with thousands more snacks and cold
drinks. In all, 16,384 meals were served by the end of the crisis.

To become a certified trained disaster relief volunteer,
follow the link for a list of upcoming classes in your area