The Salvation Army’s capability and experience as a “Major Disaster Assistance Agency” has been explicitly recognized in the Disaster Relief Act of 1974. The Salvation Army cooperates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and actively participates in (NVOAD) – National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and with voluntary organizations (VOAD) on state and local levels. Whether it be a local incident or a major disaster, Salvation Army staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and the last to depart, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need, at the time of need, and at the place of need.
The red shield continues to be a symbol 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 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.
The Salvation Army is also active in the Greater Glendale area and maintains an agreement with The City of Glendale to provide services through the Emergency Operations Center when activated.