Equipped with professional capacities for crisis-counseling, spiritual and emotional care, preparedness training, volunteer recruitment and interagency communication, LCFS strives to help communities and congregations in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
LCFS strives to be a partner and collaborator with congregations and the LCMS Southern Illinois District, Central Illinois District and Northern Illinois District, bringing our capacities and resources so that effective and efficient service will be provided and so that all disaster survivors have improved opportunity for healing and recovery.
Cleanup and Restoration The Salvation Army supports people as they restore and rebuild after a disaster. Spiritual and Emotional CareThe Salvation Army provides spiritual comfort and emotional support to disaster victims and emergency workers coping with the stress of a disaster. Transmit welfare inquiries from friends and family members who are otherwise unable to reach loved ones in the disaster area. Both natural and human-generated disasters, which are associated with destruction as well as loss of loved ones and irreplaceable belongings, often overwhelm one's normal coping capacity. When the scale of the disaster in Illinois is large enough to warrant national support, LCFS and LSSI are the connections to LDR resources for hardship grants, spiritual and emotional care, volunteer coordination and other long-term recovery resources.
This Act specifically names The Salvation Army as a relief and disaster assistance organization. Emotional Urgent Care – It is important to note that crisis intervention response counseling is not psychotherapy.
LCFS does not train volunteers for emergency response roles, but we can refer interested volunteers and congregations to agencies that will train and certify. In all phases of disaster-response work, LCFS promotes and works to build community capacity to respond at the local, regional and state levels.

Disaster Social ServicesThe Salvation Army provides direct financial assistance to disaster victims through a system of trained caseworkers. Disaster Mental Health Resources The following Fact Sheets were compiled by the ACA Traumatology Interest Network, facilitated by Karin Jordan. We view our work in a tradition of high standards, and our involvement in disaster-response is consistent with empowering clients and communities for the long-term. Interested members must meet the following criteria: Participants must be licensed for independent practice by the State Counseling Licensure Board from the state in which you reside.
We offer support for those who have been givers of care during the emergency, short-term and long-term recovery phases.
Federal Law has re-affirmed The Salvation Army’s authority to provide disaster assistance with the passage of the Robert T. Eligibility Criteria Valid practicing license (or school counseling certificate) at the time of training. Emergency response services are activated on short notice according to an agreed-upon notification procedure, while long-term recovery is strategically planned in response to the situation, through working and partnering with many other community entities. Emergency Shelter When necessary, The Salvation Army provides shelter in a facility identified by the local emergency management personnel. We frequently partner with other entities that provide case management or other relationships with clients, extending each other’s capacity to respond during the recovery phase.
Even with the ability to be flexible and to respond based upon the community’s situation, there are several basic services that The Salvation Army offers in most major disasters.

LCFS is a member of Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) of Northern Illinois, Illinois Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (IL VOAD), and advances VOAD’s mission of collaboration, communication and cooperation among responders. The Triage Steps establishes a road-map of the actual roads, highways, and directions an individual or organization will take on a trip from their response to a traumatic event toward Emotional Wellness. Stafford Emergency and Disaster Assistance Act, which also created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
If disaster relief recipients ask for prayer or spiritual counseling, The Salvation Army can provide these.
In light of this, ACA has assembled the resources below to serve as a base for developing responses to disaster situations. They are a base platform for learning about the skills for dealing with disaster mental health. We offer a crisis-counseling response, when we have the staff resources in the geographic area affected.
We listen with an understanding that the power to respond and recover lies within those affected.

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