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Brief Overview: Emergency Disaster Services

Fires, floods and other disasters strike at any time and we want your help. Volunteers are needed around the clock in Northeast Ohio for a wide variety of support services. As part of our response team, you may serve your community by any of the following:

  • Feeding: You may assist in distributing and/or preparing food and drinks for first responders and survivors of emergency situations.
  • Empathizing: Volunteers lend a sympathetic ear to those involved in a disaster.
  • Major Disasters: In some cases, doctors, nurses and other paraprofessionals may serve at large-scale disasters locally, nationally or internationally. 
  • Celebrating: You might enjoy providing support for community events like fairs, parades and celebrations.

The Salvation Army's disaster response teams' preparedness includes continual disaster training, updating of equipment, coordination and cooperation with federal, state, county and community emergency agencies and private agency groups. as well as contact with community resources. The response teams are coordinated and directed by commissioned officers and trained personnel, and are supported by staff and 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.

What We Provide

In times of disaster, The Salvation Army provides a variety of services, including but not limited to, distribution of basic commodities, services to emergency workers, counseling & spiritual ministry, family & casework services, registration & identification of victims, medical assistance, sheltering, mass feeding, mobile feeding and handling of donated goods.

What We Respond To

The Salvation Army responds to various incidents such as fires & explosions, haz-mat incidents, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, civil disruption, missing persons and transportation accidents.


For more information, please contact Major Larry Shade, Emergency Disaster Services Director & Property Inspector | | 216.623.7478