Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Teams Brace for Storms
Alexandria, Virginia (August 8, 2014) – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are preparing to respond as needed in Hawaii as [now] Tropical Storm Iselle moves across the Hawaiian Islands, closely followed by Hurricane Julio. The teams are prepared to meet immediate needs of food, beverage, shelter and spiritual support to survivors and first responders.
Both storms are forecast to bring heavy rainfall, damaging winds and high surf, with Tropical Storm Iselle making landfall first early on Aug. 8. The Salvation Army is continuing to monitor the situation and is prepared to mobilize additional teams and resources should the need arise.
"The Salvation Army has an established presence on Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai and we are in place to responding to our island communities as needs arise,” said Major Mark Gilden, Divisional Secretary for Business for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “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 Hawaii.”
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.
The Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division of The Salvation Army covers the state of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands including Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Federated State of Micronesia.