Emergency Disaster Services

Since its first charter was enacted in the United States in 1899, The Salvation Army has provided emergency services to individuals and communities affected by disasters and other catastrophic events.

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) immediately responded to Hurricane Harvey along the Texas coastline providing food, hydration, emergency shelter, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.

The Salvation Army activated trained disaster relief personnel from Canada and the US, including the Maryland/West Virginia Division, to directly serve Hurricane Harvey survivors throughout: Houston, Galveston/Texas City, the Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur), Freeport, Victoria, and Corpus Christi.

When disaster strikes, The Salvation Army EDS team partners with federal, state, and local governments to provide immediate emergency response and long-term disaster recovery for impacted communities.