The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is thrilled to be in partnership with The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Fire Services to serve the community including those affected by disaster and crises and First Responders. This week The Salvation Army signed another Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Ottawa. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services dispatches volunteers to the scene when called upon by the City of Ottawa. EDS responds to an average of 100 calls a year. In Ottawa, the EDS program is funded entirely by the Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign.
During this Emergency Preparedness Week The Salvation Army wants to remind everyone to make a plan with their families and loved ones in case of emergency and develop a kit including food, water, batteries, flashlights and a first aid kit that can sustain the family for 72 hours. Don’t forget to make a plan for your pets as well. For more information on how to build a kit and make a plan please visit https://www.getprepared.gc.ca
For more information about EDS visit http://www.salvationarmy.ca/eds
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services is a core service of the Salvation Army around the world. EDS Ottawa remains a strong component of the Salvation Army’s EDS efforts in Canada.
Always on-call and ready to respond, EDS Ottawa will deploy to disasters and emergencies 24/7. We provide victims, survivors and emergency personnel with immediate, on scene assistance with food, water, shelter, clothing, service referrals, and emotional and spiritual care – comfort in a time of crisis.
EDS Ottawa is a donation-based program, with one full-time staff member and approximately 50 regularly scheduled volunteers mainly from Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association.
Volunteers are divided into two areas including Canteen Services and Victim Services.
In Canada, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program began back in December 1917 in response to the Halifax Disaster. The Salvation Army dispatched personnel from across the country to assist with relief efforts which lasted for months. In addition to providing for the practical needs of those impacted, such as food and clothing, Salvation Army Officers provided emotional and spiritual support to First Responders.