During a disaster, The Salvation Army, along with other agencies, may open temporary shelters to provide emergency housing to evacuees or for those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by the disaster. These shelters may be located in schools, churches, community buildings or Salvation Army facilities. The Salvation Army will also work with local government in assisting with government-operated shelters.
In some cases The Salvation Army may provide sleeping mats or cots, bedding, and/or personal supplies (razors, soap, shampoo, etc.) and is usually responsible for food services in the shelter.