While each disaster creates its own unique circumstances and special needs, Salvation Army disaster relief efforts focus on seven core services (training, food service, emotional and spiritual care, emergency communications, social services, donation management and recovery). These services may be modified based on the magnitude of the disaster and adapted to meet the specific needs of individual survivors.
The first step in being ready to respond to an emergency is training. In partnership with other agencies, The Salvation Army’s disaster training program offers a variety of courses designed to help individuals and communities prepare for emergency events and become trained disaster volunteers.
We will be offering a classroom training for volunteers interested in helping their community a training is scheduled for Saturday May 20, 2017 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Salvation Army Community Center, 111 North Rogers Street. To register for the class please go online to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 812-336-4310.
Locally the Salvation Army serves the following counties: Davies, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe and Orange. We are seeking citizens and groups from each county to create a team who will be ready to respond when their community needs them. Church groups, retired workers, service groups (ie. Lions Club, Rotary, etc) are encouraged to attend the training. Additional sessions will be scheduled to meet each county’s needs.
When disaster strikes, one of the first signs that help is on the way is often the arrival of a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit, offering meals, snacks and drinks to rescue workers and survivors. Motivated by Christian faith, specially trained individuals to offer emotional and spiritual care to rescue workers and disaster survivors may be deployed. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) includes a worldwide network of volunteer amateur radio operators and other communications specialists, who may be mobilized to transmit emergency information during a disaster event. After a family has lost everything in a disaster, The Salvation Army is there to provide emergency assistance to help meet survivors’ most urgent needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical services. The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s leaders in responsibly collecting, sorting and distributing donated goods. The Salvation Army encourages cash donations as the best and most flexible way to help and solicits only those in-kind donations which can be effectively received and efficiently distributed. Volunteers make the recovery effort possible, we encourage you to attend this workshop and be a part of the team.