International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Posted on 13th October 2019, by
Carolynn Barkhouse surveys the damage from Hurricane Dorian on Abaco Island
“Disaster risk reduction has become a hot topic in emergency management circles in recent years,” says Perron Goodyear, director of emergency disaster services for The Salvation Army’s Canada and Bermuda Territory. “In the past, the focus for emergency management professionals was mostly on response to incidents followed, out of necessity, by long-term recovery. Recently, however,  […]

Salvation Army Expands Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

Posted on 20th September 2019, by
Salvation Army worker gives supplies to survivor of Hurricane Dorian
More than two weeks after Hurricane Dorian delivered devastating blows to two of the major islands in the Bahamas, The Salvation Army’s relief efforts have expanded to help with the growing need. Working closely with the Bahamian government, The Salvation Army is providing support that includes supplies and emotional and spiritual care. The Salvation Army  […]

Hurricane Dorian Update

Posted on 6th September 2019, by
flooded street during a hurricane. iStock, Getty Images
The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Dorian continues. As it leaves the Bahamas behind, the true scale of the destruction is becoming clear. Atlantic Canada is preparing for its arrival and Salvation Army emergency disaster services are ready for deployment. Bahamas In Nassau, Salvation Army divisional leaders, Majors Clarence and Karen Ingram, and their staff  […]

Helping Residents Cope after Flooding in the Nation’s Capital

Posted on 13th August 2019, by
Two emotional and spiritual care workers visit flood-ravaged home
Often, the most visible Salvation Army emergency disaster services (EDS) are the meals and drinks served to survivors and first responders. What some people may not know is that The Salvation Army is often called on to provide spiritual comfort and emotional support. “As trained emotional and spiritual care (ESC) workers, we attend to the  […]

Salvation Army Provides Heat Relief to Vulnerable People

Posted on 18th July 2019, by
salvation army worker distributes cold water to vulnerable people during heat wave
Many cities in Canada are experiencing extreme heat and according to Health Canada, the number of annual days with scorching hot temperatures is expected to double within the next 30 years. “Keeping cool and hydrated during extreme heat is vital,” says Debbie Clarke, who is the director of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services in  […]

Salvation Army Responds to Cyclone Idai

Posted on 19th March 2019, by
three images of the aftermath of Cyclone Idai
With wind speeds reaching 124 miles per hour (200 km/hour), Cyclone Idai has caused widespread devastation across a large swathe of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Local media reports suggest that 1,000 people have lost their lives in Mozambique alone. With roads flooded and the regional airport closed, 500,000 people have been cut off in Beira,  […]

Salvation Army Response to Christchurch Mosque Shootings

Posted on 15th March 2019, by
Hands hold a red heart
Following mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which have claimed at least 49 lives, members of The Salvation Army–particularly those near the sites of these attacks–were able to provide support and transport for those who needed it. Members of The Salvation Army’s Christchurch City Corps (church) are working at the hospital where  […]

Mobile Kitchen Feeds the Hungry in Halifax

Posted on 14th March 2019, by
kitchen hand out hot food to people in downtown Halifax
Feeding the hungry. Providing sufficient footwear for cold weather. Offering a listening ear.  Whatever the need, The Salvation Army’s Community Response Unit (CRU), a mobile kitchen in Halifax, is helping the vulnerable during some of the coldest days of winter. “One young lady ate four bowls of soup because she had no food in her  […]