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Hawaii Red Cross 2014 Statistics

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2616 people were housed in 46 shelters during times of evacuation.

Disaster Services

• 96 disaster incidents 

• 152 families (469 individuals) assisted with immediate emergency needs (food, clothing, shelter and emotional support or referral). 

• 2,493 meals and 3,238 snacks were provided to victims of disasters and emergency workers in the field

• 2,616 people were housed in 46 shelters during times of evacuation. 

• 41 organizations participated in Ready Rating Program (agree to take steps to improve organizational preparedness for emergencies.

• 22,001 persons received disaster preparedness information on how to prepare for emergencies through presentations and materials.   

Service to the Armed Forces

• 7,141 case services were provided to military members or their families to include emergency communications in times of crisis.  

• 12,672 members of the U.S Armed Forces and their families were provided with pre-deployment information on how to use Red Cross services to maintain connection with their families during times of crisis and separation

• 8,038 services were provided in military medical facilities through a Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services (VAVS) or similar program.

• 32 dogs and 37 handlers involved in our Human Animal Bond Program at Tripler Army Medical Center.  The American Red Cross sponsors this pet facilitated therapy program, which uses animals to assist a therapist in helping patients who are recovering from physical, mental or social illness.  Volunteers bring pets to wards, clinics and waiting areas for informal visits.  All animals are screened by Army Veterinary Services and must pass strict behavioral and physical qualifications to be a part of this program. All handlers also receive special training. 

• On average, 35 visits a month were made to 1,194 patients by Red Cross dog volunteers throughout FY14.

Preparedness Health and Safety 

 • 8,304 people were reached with the information and skills to protect and save lives through the use of First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillation and other training courses.  

 • 4,575 persons provided with aquatic training, teaching them how to protect their lives and the lives of others in and around the water.  

 • 343 Nursing Assistants were trained to provide professional and compassionate care for the elderly and sick individuals requiring such services.

 • 1,185 persons provided with direct assistance from our dedicated and trained volunteers who staffed free First Aid Stations at community events throughout the state.

Volunteer Services

 • The Hawaii Red Cross has 2,542 active volunteers including 455 Ready When the Time Comes volunteers.

Some Case Highlights That Occurred During This Period:

Tropical Storm Iselle: On August 8th, TS Iselle made landfall on the Big Island’s east side, announcing her presence with 60mph winds, waves of up to 25 feet and heavy rains. 268 ARC, ARC-affiliated, spontaneous and partner/county volunteers and 26 ARC employees worked diligently to assist impacted individuals state-wide, Through their endeavors, 32 shelters housed 2,508 people on the Big Island, Kauai, Oahu and Maui, and, thanks to the generous in-kind donations from various companies, 18,920 items were distributed at 12 bulk distribution sites. In addition, employees from 13 of our Ready When the Time Comes Program partners assisted in Damage Assessment and Sheltering. During the post-impact period, ARC volunteers assisted 40 families with assistance to meet their immediate emergency needs and provided over 950 health and mental health services contacts.  Red Cross also met with the surviving family of the Kauai drowning victim associated with TS Iselle and provided assistance with funeral costs and crisis counseling services for the extended family.

Makakilo Brushfire: Two seven-year old boys playing with lighters sparked a large-scale brush fire in Makakilo, which has scorched over 1,000 acres in the area. We supplied 117 meals to firefighters battling the blaze and provided food, clothing, shoes and transportation assistance to a houseless person who had had all of her belongings destroyed by the fire.

Puna fire: On August 12th, a fire completely destroyed a Puna residence. The client was home when the fire started and cracked two teeth during his escape. Due to landfall of TS Iselle, the client stayed at our shelter in Pahoa, and we provided him with transportation assistance, food, clothing, shoes, and funds to replace destroyed medical equipment. 

‘Ele‘ele fire: A fire broke out in an ‘Ele‘ele residence on August 6th, displacing six people in two families. The fire started in the living area of one home before spreading to the second residence. The ARC provided food, clothing, shoes and bedding, as well as first month’s rent and security deposit. This was one of two fires for Kauai in the month of August. 

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 go to http://www.redcross.org/hi/honolulu/volunteer/apply-to-volunteer for more training opportunities. 

Donate. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.  To send a contribution, mail your check to American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 or make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call (808) 739-8109.