On Aug. 26, leaders of FEMA and The Salvation Army singed a new memorandum outlining how the organizations will cooperate to carry out disaster preparedness, response, recovery and other emergency management operations.
FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and The Salvation Army’s National Commander Kenneth Hodder signed the memorandum of agreement as the latest formalization of the longstanding partnership between the organizations.
“When helping people before, during and after a disaster, we cannot do it alone. As we continue to face the impacts of climate change and related extreme weather events, the most powerful resources we have are our partners, and this includes the dedicated team over at the Salvation Army,” said Administrator Deanne Criswell. “This memorandum of understanding between FEMA and the Salvation Army underscores the importance of this partnership and our unyielding commitment to better serve our communities.”
The first memorandum between the two organizations was signed in 1980. This update outlines how the two agencies will streamline information sharing to ensure better coordination; leverage FEMA’s authority to support private non-profit organizations; and expand The Salvation Army’s support in the National Response Coordination Center.
The Salvation Army and FEMA have collaborated to support disaster response and recovery efforts during major events such as Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and COVID-19. Additionally, the two organizations have also worked together for various other major projects including the development and implementation of federal response plans, including the National Response Framework. The framework is a scalable, flexible and adaptable guide that aligns key roles and responsibilities across the nation during an incident, such as a major disaster.