Disaster Relief

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    When a natural disaster or sudden catastrophe causes social and personal chaos, The Salvation Army moves into action – often minutes after the tragedy has occurred – to meet the needs of the survivors.

    The Army’s first priority is to meet the immediate needs of any survivor or relief worker at the disaster scene without discrimination by supplying food, shelter and grief counseling.

    The Salvation Army self-contained mobile feeding units are a familiar sight on the scene of any disaster. These “canteens,” which resemble food trucks, are equipped with all the conveniences of a modern-day kitchen and are operated by trained volunteers. They are an important food source for victims and relief workers at the height of an emergency. They can serve about 2,000 people a day from a single unit.

    The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas is a member of ARVOAD (Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and most of our disaster response is coordinated through this body.


    Administration / Personnel Support
    Casework / Disaster Social Services
    Clean-up / Reconstruction
    Communications / Amateur Radio
    Emotional & Spiritual Care
    Food Services
    Government / Inter-agency Liaison
    Medical / Nursing Services
    Mental Health Services
    Public Information / Media Relations
    Shelter Operations
    Warehouse / Logistical Support

    If you are interested in volunteer opportunities or training, please visit our volunteer section.