Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)
Emergency situations are a common occurrence in any community and The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team is here to help! We primarily serve the Quincy Area Command (Adams, Brown, and Pike counties in Illinois, and Marion, Lewis, Ralls, Monroe, and Shelby counties in Missouri) in the aftermath of disasters. Additionally, we are available to assist anywhere within the Midland Division, the Central Territory, the United States, and even internationally.
In times of disaster, The Salvation Army responds to meet human needs through:
- Mobile Feeding: Our Quincy-based Canteen is manned by a team of staff and volunteers who provide meals, snacks, water, coffee, etc. to both first responders and those affected by the disaster.
- Mass Feeding: Emergency feeding centers are set up to provide meals to anyone in need.
- Emotional and Spiritual Care: Specially trained staff and volunteers provide spiritual comfort and emotional support to disaster survivors and emergency workers.
- Disaster Social Services: After a family/individual has endured a significant loss, we work with them to meet their most urgent needs of food, clothing, shelter, etc.
- Donations Management: Receive and sort donations for those affected by disasters as needed. Cash donations are encouraged as they are the best and most flexible way to help. In a disaster situation, we only solicit for in-kind donations that can be effectively received and efficiently distributed.
- Recovery: Support disaster recovery operations including serving on long-term recovery committees and providing clean-up kits.
The Salvation Army remains on the scene of any disaster until the emergency needs are met and services are no longer needed. The Salvation Army also provides extended services in major disasters involving massive cleanup or reconstruction.
New volunteers to the disaster team are always welcome and ongoing training is provided for all team members.
Click here to sign up online to volunteer.
The Salvation Army has responded to numerous natural disasters, transportation accidents, civil unrest situations, and terrorist attacks. By providing beverages, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations. For more information regarding disaster services or the volunteer opportunities, contact:
Phone: (217) 231-5633