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Local Salvation Army Preps in Advance of Guillermo

August 4, 2015, 9:28 AM HST
* Updated August 4, 7:09 PM
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Many organizations throughout the state are preparing ahead of Tropical Storm Guillermo, who is set to pass to the north of the Big Island on Wednesday afternoon, as of the most recent recent Central Pacific Hurricane Center update.

One of those charitable organizations is The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division, who is working with the State of Hawai’i Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster agency to prepare for potential impacts of the storm. Corps service teams and volunteers have been identified on each of the major islands.

“The Salvation Army has an established presence on Hawai’i, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai and we are in place to respond in our island communities as needs arise,” said Major Mark Gilden, Divisional Secretary for Business and Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division.

Gilden also noted that public donations to support The Salvation Army’s efforts are welcomed. “The public is encouraged to help in advance by supporting emergency disaster services efforts via monetary donations via our website or our Divisional Headquarters in Manoa on Oahu. One-hundred percent of the donated funds will be used to support our emergency disaster services in Hawai’i.”

The Salvation Army is equipped with the tools to serve the public in the event of a major disaster, with mobile canteens that can serve hot meals and distribute basic supplies during times of crisis.

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Members of the public interested in donating online should visit the Hawai’i Salvation Army website or by calling The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Divisional Headquarters at (808) 988-2136.

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