Response to emergencies includes the following:
- Providing on-site refreshments and emotional support to responders at the incident site
- Providing support to individuals at any designated rest centres or humanitarian assistance centres
- Providing support to family members and friends at an emergency mortuary viewing area and acting as the conduit for relevant faith support
- Providing personnel to assist at any support helpline set up following an emergency
- Coordinating a wider faith response
The Salvation Army's emergency vehicles attend between 170 – 200 call outs per year, some of which are listed below:
- Floods in South East and South West of Britain – December 2013 to February 2014
- Clutha helicopter crash – November 2013
- Shetland Super Puma air crash – August 2013
- Vauxhall helicopter crash – January 2013
- Sheppey Crossing crash – September 2013
- 7/7 London bombings – July 2005
- Lockerbie bombing – December 1988
We also work in partnership with the Cabinet Office, Met Office, as well as a number of government and voluntary organisations to raise awareness of the ‘Get Ready For Winter’ and ‘Get Ready For Summer’ campaigns.
We help disseminate cold weather and heatwave-related advice to local and vulnerable communities to help try to prevent weather-related illnesses and deaths.