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The Do Gooders Podcast

Apr 4, 2022

The Salvation Army has a long history of responding when disaster strikes. 

Drought, wildfires, flash flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, and the manmade kind too. Every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs. 

That’s why the heart of The Salvation Army’s disaster response is to meet the immediate needs of a survivor and the emergency responders there to help with food, clothing, shelter, communications, donations management, cleanup, training and more. And every step of the way The Salvation Army offers emotional and spiritual care.  

For more than 20 years, John Berglund has been on the frontlines of Salvation Army disaster response. He’s served as the Emergency Services Director at The Salvation Army’s U.S. National Headquarters, in the Greater New York Division, and in the Intermountain Division based in Denver before his current role as the Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator of The Salvation Army Western Territory.  He also serves as a team leader and trainer for International Emergency Services through The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London.  

And at recording time, he’s about to deploy to Eastern Europe to assist in the on-the-ground assessment of needs and how The Salvation Army can best help right now during the humanitarian crisis unfolding in and around Ukraine. 

He’s on the show to share more about what’s happening in the current disaster response, what he’ll be doing from Moldova and to give us a better context for how The Salvation Army counters disaster. 


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