When disaster strikes, the Hawaii Red Cross provides food, clothing, shelter, recovery planning and emotional support for those affected by the disaster. The Hawaii Red Cross is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and responds to disasters in Hawaii every 4 days.
The Red Cross is not a government agency, and relies on the generosity of Hawaii’s people to provide these critical services to the community.
How You Can Help
Volunteer. The Hawaii Red Cross continually recruits, trains and mobilizes volunteers to help those in need. Over 95% of services are provided by volunteers. All disaster training, services, and financial assistance to victims is free, through the generosity of our donors, volunteers, and the community.
Interested Oahu volunteers can attend a training today, Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1pm (Sheltering) and/or 2pm (Disaster Assessment) at the Hawaii Red Cross Headquarters, 4155 Diamond Head Road. Call 808-739-8130 if you would like to attend or go to http://www.redcross.org/hi/honolulu/volunteer/apply-to-volunteer for more training opportunities.
Donate. Help people affected by disasters like Tropical Storm Ana and countless other events by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Here’s a look at some of the most recent Hawaii Red Cross responses:
Hurricane Ana. The Hawaii Red Cross has been working since Monday to put local volunteers on standby to respond on all islands in response to Tropical Storm Ana. The Hawaii Red Cross has 1,500 trained volunteers statewide. These volunteers are prepared to open shelters and provide safe haven for those affected by the storm. In the wake of the storm, these volunteers will work with the County to assess the damage and provide Red Cross support to those affected by the disaster.
Typhoon Vongfong. Four Hawaii Red Cross volunteers were deployed to Guam to support the Red Cross response to Typhoon Vongfong which affected both Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. A support team of additional volunteers were positioned in Hawaii to assist with the response of providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance to those in need. Over 950 residents sought shelter in 16 evacuations shelters set up on the islands for this storm.
Tropical Storm Iselle and Julio. The Red Cross had over 200 workers assisting in response to these disasters and approximately 94% were volunteers. In addition to opening 32 shelters statewide offering 2,508 nights of safe haven, the Hawaii Red Cross distributed over 19,500 relief items (tarps, batteries, water, ice, coolers, and bleach) and served over 4,500 meals and snacks. Red Cross volunteer nurses and mental health workers also helped over 950 residents with health assessments and emotional support.
Other disasters. In the midst of Iselle and Julio, the local Red Cross volunteers responded to 8 residential fires within a span of 9 days. Hawaii Red Cross volunteers have also been on called upon and put on standby to respond to the Big Island lava threat. From July-September of this year, the Hawaii Red Cross has responded to over 17 incidents, assisting over 75 individuals with immediate emergency needs.
For more updates on current and future Hawaii Red Cross responses, follow the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @HawaiiRedCross. You can also contact the Hawaii Chapter at 808-734-2101 or visit redcross.org/hawaii.