Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

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Provide Disaster Relief

After the unspeakable, we speak hope.

The Salvation Army stands ready to serve the community in the event of a disaster. Staff in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands support and direct the Army's network of services that impact many communities. Whether it is a local incident or a major disaster, The Salvation Army relief staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and are some of the last to leave. In most communities in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, The Salvation Army is already at work providing needed assistance with our programs, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need at the time of need and at the place of need.

Programs & Services

While every disaster is unique and creates its own special response, the core of The Salvation Army's disaster response program typically would include services such as:

  • Mass Feeding
  • Mobile Feeding
  • Pastoral Care/Counseling
  • Volunteer Services
  • Reconstruction
  • Financial Assistance
  • Donations Management


As a relief organization, The Salvation Army was involved in development of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Response Framework. We appreciate the opportunity to work cooperatively with FEMA, state and local emergency operations staff. The Salvation Army is an active member of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).

Our Response

The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services team has provided support throughout the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands, including:

  • Kauai - Hurricane Iniki
  • Hawaii Island - Hurricane Iselle (Puna)
  • Hawaii Island - Lava Flow in Pahoa
  • Chuuk - Typhoon Maysak
  • Saipan - Typhoon Soudelor

Disaster Relief Services

While each disaster creates its own unique circumstances and special needs, Salvation Army disaster relief efforts focus on seven core services. These services may be modified based on the magnitude of the disaster and adapted to meet the specific needs of individual survivors.

The first step in being ready to respond to an emergency is training. In partnership with other agencies, The Salvation Army’s disaster training program offers a variety of courses designed to help individuals and communities prepare for emergency events and become trained disaster volunteers.

Food Service
When disaster strikes, one of the first signs that help is on the way is often the arrival of a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit, offering meals, snacks and drinks to rescue workers and survivors.

Emotional and Spiritual Care
Motivated by Christian faith, The Salvation Army deploys specially trained individuals to offer emotional and spiritual care to rescue workers and disaster survivors.

Emergency Communications
The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) includes a worldwide network of volunteer amateur radio operators and other communications specialists, who may be mobilized to transmit emergency information during a disaster event.

Disaster Social Services
After a family has lost everything in a disaster, The Salvation Army is there to provide emergency assistance to help meet survivors’ most urgent needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical services.

Donations Management
The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s leaders in responsibly collecting, sorting and distributing donated goods. The Salvation Army encourages cash donations as the best and most flexible way to help and solicits only those in-kind donations which can be effectively received and efficiently distributed.

The Salvation Army supports long-term disaster recovery operations with flexible programming that is adaptable to the unique needs of individual communities.

Contact Information

2950 Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Victor Leonardi

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer with The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Island's Emergency Disaster Services team, or if you would like more information, please contact Tatsu Sasaki through email at tatsu.sasaki@usw.salvationarmy.org or call 808.440.1834.

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