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Always here, Always ready

“The Red Cross will always be in my heart because without them, I don’t know where my family would be. They have given my family a start to a new life. Thank you Red Cross.” – Maui house fire victim


Responding to Disasters

Responding to Disasters

“I was just really numb and this person came… and I felt taken care of. They helped me, walked me through certain things, because when it happens, it’s so overwhelming you don’t even know where to start.” – Maui house fire victim

When disaster strikes, the Red Cross provides not only food, clothing, and shelter, but crisis counseling for those who have lost a loved one or everything they owned. We are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and respond to disasters in Hawaii every 4 days.

Since 1917, the people of Hawaii have depended on us to respond not only to every day fires and floods, but major natural and man-made disasters, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hilo tsunami, hurricanes, earthquakes, Sacred Falls landslide, and Kaloko dam burst. We continually recruit, train and mobilize out volunteers to help those in need.


Saving Lives

Saving Lives

“It was most touching the victim’s wife came and thanks us for allowing her children to see their father again [after a near drowning]… We thank the American Red Cross because without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do on a daily basis with such confidence.” – Red Cross CPR trained lifeguard

We teach first aid, CPR, and AED use to prepare people for emergencies that could happen at home, in the workplace or anywhere. Learning this skills can make the difference in saving a life.


Educating and Preparing

Educating and Preparing for Tomorrow

“We are both seniors and so I know it’s important to have smoke alarms… I am so grateful that the Red Cross has this program.” –Oahu smoke alarm recipient

We educate local communities on how to prepare before disasters strike. Red Cross encourages every family to get a disaster kit, make an evacuation plan and stay informed. We have preparedness information and tools for businesses and children and also provide free smoke alarms and home fire safety information to the vulnerable population.


Supporting Military Families

Supporting Military Families

“I can honestly say without their help and what the Red Cross did for our family, we would not have made it through this tragedy… You make a difference every single day in all our lives, no matter what it is.” – Military spouse on Red Cross Emergency Communication Services

We are on-call 24/7 to deliver emergency communication between military service members and their families during times of crisis. We provide pre-deployment briefings, coping with deployment classes and reconnection workshops for military families to develop resiliency skills. We also manage the entire volunteer program at Tripler Army Medical Center with over 300 volunteers in 46 departments and wards, including dozens of therapy dogs who bring smiles and comfort to all.


Volunteerism

Volunteerism

“Even by shaking their hand or giving them a hug to make them feel okay… Every day, it makes me feel so good to get up in the morning and help somebody.” – Hawaii Red Cross volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Red Cross. Over 95% of our services are provided by dedicated Red Cross volunteers.