The red shield represents a beacon of compassion; of immediate aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by forces beyond their control.

Salvation Army disaster services response teams, coordinated and directed by commissioned officers and trained personnel, supported by volunteers, are “on call” to serve at all disasters and civil disorders which place a community or its populace at risk or which may disrupt or destroy family security and well-being.

Whether it is a local incident or a major disaster, The Salvation Army relief staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and are some of the last to leave. In most communities in America, The Salvation Army is already at work providing needed assistance with our programs, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need at the time of need and at the place of need.