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The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services        Program exists for the purpose of having trained volunteer personnel willing and able to respond to any man-made or natural emergency or disaster situation, when called upon.

The Salvation Army is a religious, charitable, non-profit organization whose Officers are Ordained Ministers.  Salvation Army Officers can perform marriages and burial services, administer welfare and conduct the business of the organization.

It is an International organization, and while not primarily a emergency disaster  relief organization, it has a continuing Interest in and capability for short-term  Emergency Disaster Relief Services at the point of greatest need.

On September 8, 1900, a hurricane devastated Galveston, Texas causing more than 5,000                                               deaths.  The city sustained extensive property damage and was virtually destroyed.  While survivors were still reeling from this onslaught of nature, Frederick Booth-Tucker, National Commander of The Salvation Army ordered officers from across America to go to the disaster site and provide spiritual counsel and practical assistance. As a result, The Salvation Army's first national disaster appeal for funds was generously supported by caring Americans.

From these beginnings, The Salvation Army has developed local, regional, and national disaster      services programs.  Whether it is a local incident or a major disaster, Salvation Army staff and          volunteers are often first on the scene and the last to depart. This dedication honors a century-old  commitment to serve those in need at the time of need, and at the place of need.

The Salvation Army Red Shield continues to be a beacon of compassion and immediate aid, psychological support, and spiritual counsel to people whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by forces beyond their control.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Response Teams are coordinated and directed by commissioned officers and trained personnel, and are supported by volunteers.  These individuals are on-call to serve at all disasters and civil disorders which place a community at risk by disrupting      families' security and well being.

While each disaster or civil disorder is devastating in its own impact, there are certain basic needs to which The Salvation Army responds.  Response and recovery services include, but not limited to:  Spiritual Ministry, Counseling, Identification, Registration, Mobile Feeding, Congregate Feeding,       Financial Assistance, Shelter, Donated Materials, Basic Commodities, Reconstruction.

The Salvation Army is an integral member of the community of

Disaster Services organizations, whose role has been affirmed in:

Federal Relief Act of 1970 (PL 91-606) & Disaster Relief Act of 1974 (PL 93-288)

The Salvation Army is active in:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD)

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)

Local/State/Regional Emergency Management Organizations

Local/State/Regional Planning and Service Organizations

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Department in Batavia, Ohio

currently responds to the Clermont County Community with Canteen 1,

which is our Emergency Relief Vehicle.

Anyone interested in volunteering to serve on the Disaster Relief Team

or interested in making a donation to help us to better serve the Community,

Please contact the Disaster Services Coordinator.