Since its first charter was enacted in the United States in 1899, The Salvation Army has provided emergency services to individuals and communities affected by disasters and other catastrophic events.

The Army’s first major disaster response operation was in 1900 after a devastating hurricane hit Galveston, Texas. The hurricane killed more than 8,000 people and obliterated more than 3,600 homes, nearly half the city. National Commander Frederick Booth-Tucker dispatched Salvation Army officers from across the country to the stricken city to provide spiritual comfort and practical aid to the survivors of the storm.