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During a major disaster, the generosity of Canadians enables The Salvation Army to solicit and distribute items such as water, non-perishable foods, furniture, house-keeping supplies, building materials, and other basic nesessities. The Salvation Army will, where appropriate and necessary, establish and maintain depots to facilitate the program. In certain circumstances The Salvation Army may elect to purchase and distribute basic commodities (food, water, medicines, etc.) not readily available at the time of need. The Salvation Army gratefully accepts donations on-line (see left sidebar) or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).
The Salvation Army may also provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors. In the early phases of a disaster event, emergency financial assistance is focused on a survivors essential needs: food, clothing, shelter, and medical. Assistance may be provided through vouchers or gift cards.
Salvation Army officers and trained personnel are assigned to provide a professional level of assistance including advocacy and referral to private and public assistance programs.