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Salvation Army Prepares for Darby

July 21, 2016, 11:52 AM HST
* Updated July 21, 11:57 AM
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Salvation ArmyWith Tropical Storm Darby continuing its approach toward Hawaiian Island, The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced that it is prepared to respond with community assistance as needed.

The Salvation Army is part of a team of agencies providing assistance during events and works closely with the State of Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

“The Salvation Army has an established presence on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i and Hawai‘i, and we are ready to respond in our island communities as needs arise with approaching Tropical Storm Darby,” said Major Mark Gilden, divisional secretary for Business and Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division.

“During emergencies, the best way the public can help is to provide monetary donations which allows the delivery of the exact relief supplies a community needs,” Gilden said. “Plus, The Salvation Army uses 100% of all donations designated ‘disaster relief’ in support of disaster operations.”

Online donations may be made at hawaii.salvationarmy.org or by calling The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Divisional Headquarters at (808) 988-2136.

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About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, The Salvation Army is equipped and ready to serve the public in the event of major disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes.

The Salvation Army has mobile canteens capable of serving hot meals and distributing basic supplies during times of crisis. The canteens also serve as an outreach to feed the homeless and provide not only a hand-out, but a hand-up to the down-trodden to help them back on their feet.

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While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services.

And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, The Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities are scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s services, go online.

For additional information, call (808) 988-2136 or visit www.hawaii.salvationarmy.org.

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