- The Salvation Army in B.C. has a fleet of 14 mobile kitchens capable of feeding thousands of people in an actual disaster.
- Trained crews operate these kitchens led by qualified Incident Command Teams of Salvation Army nationally trained staff and volunteers. Capable personnel can also be called in from all across North America and internationally in the event of a catastrophic event.
- The Salvation Army in B.C. has 66 ministry units, many of whom have health approved kitchens for preparing hot food and shelters for homeless people. Thirty-three per cent of the shelter spaces in B.C. are TSA shelters.
- In large scale events we also have specific fund raising methods to turn 100% of all allocated funds into the hands of qualified recipients and evacuees.
- Using their network of thrift stores and sorting centres, the Salvation Army can also manage and sort clothing and furniture for redistribution of donated supplies and materials to evacuees, if required.
- The Salvation Army is also noted for its care and compassion for those in crises and has many trained emotional and/or spiritual care personnel and clergy who can comfort distressed persons.
B.C. Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise
Exercise Coastal Response is Western Canada’s first, full-scale earthquake and tsunami response is a test of the B.C. Immediate Response Plan (IRP) that outlines the steps that the Province and its partners will undertake in the immediate aftermath of a massive earthquake. The goal is to exercise elements of the IRP and strengthen relationships among and across partners and stakeholders to enhance operational coordination. Learn more about Exercise Coastal Response