Disaster Services

The Salvation Army is often the first to respond when disaster strikes and the last to leave, honoring a century-old commitment to help those in need, at the time of need, and at the place of need. Our volunteers provide physical and spiritual comfort to those with worlds  crumbling around them and help them put the pieces of their shattered lives back together.

SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) is a corps of Amateur Radio volunteers who have united themselves with the Disaster Services program of The Salvation Army. SATERN members are Salvation Army Volunteers. Find our more about the S.A.T.E.R.N. program.


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Since its early beginnings, The Salvation Army responds to man-made and natural disasters by providing various services to victims and relief workers alike. In recent years, the ever-increasing incidence of disasters requires us to expand our ability to respond. This takes the form of specialized equipment, stockpiled supplies, along with the formation of volunteer teams.

The need to be able to communicate with our teams and equipment in the field is essential. Good communications are the key to an effective response to any disaster. The use of Amateur Radio by The Salvation Army will help us to render quick and effective service to those in need.

For many years, we had relied solely upon such groups as the ARRL to disperse personnel to us, during a disaster. While this has served us well, we generally had no pre-disaster relationship with these operators. As a result, they have little or no knowledge of our organization, services and capabilities. To further enhance the use of Amateur Radio in our Disaster Services, in 1988 we developed the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, known as SATERN.

SATERN is a corps of Amateur Radio volunteers who have united themselves with the Disaster Services program of The Salvation Army. SATERN members are Salvation Army Volunteers. While we do not exclude the use of other Amateurs during a disaster, this group does provide us with the nucleus of our communications support system. This will provide us with a complete communications capability, along with the use of cellular phones, CB, GMRS and business band frequencies.

The primary function of SATERN is to provide communications for the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services. This corps of trained volunteers could also be called upon to assist in a variety of functions within the total operation of our disaster team and their mission of communications.

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