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Hawaii Red Cross Prepares for Iselle and Julio

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Volunteers statewide are prepared to open shelters and work 9 hour shifts.

The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross has been working since Monday to put local volunteers on standby to respond on all islands in response to Iselle and Julio.  The Hawaii Red Cross has 1,500 trained volunteers. Volunteers statewide are prepared to open shelters and work 9 hour shifts. 

“People need to bring their own food, water, blankets, toiletries, medications, and other necessities to a hurricane evacuation shelter,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer for the Hawaii State Chapter.  “There simply are not enough resources if a substantial number of people need to evacuate to shelters to ride out the storm.”

The Red Cross encourages everyone to be prepared before disasters strike:  Get a disaster kit, make a plan and be informed.

Get a disaster kit.  Every family should have their own disaster kit.  As other emergency response organizations have reported, families are asked to bring their own disaster supplies kit to a shelter, if asked to evacuate. Have 7 days’ worth of supplies at home to shelter in place or in a compact portable container to take to a shelter. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness). 

  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food - non-perishable easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight
  • Radio -NOAA Weather Radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications & Medical items
  • Manual Can opener
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family Contact Information
  • Cash
  • Bedding 
  • Change of clothes
  • Towels
  • Dishes

You may also need:

  • Baby supplies - bottles, baby food & diapers
  • Games and activities
  • Comfort items
  • Pet supplies - collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications

Make a plan. All members of the household should work together on the family disaster plan.  A Family Disaster Plan Template is available on that people can download and complete to make or update their plan. Planning together is important so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something occurs. The plan should include ways to contact and find one another in an emergency, including two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire - and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home.   Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person.  It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. 

Stay informed.  Listen to local media to keep updated on the status of Iselle and Julio. Pay attention to local media sources for information on shelter locations and opening times.  Do not automatically go there.  

Download free Red Cross mobile apps. Red Cross has a shelter finder app, hurricane app, flood app, first aid app and more.  People can use the ‘Make a Plan’ feature in the apps to create their emergency plans and then share it with their loved ones.  The apps are free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Plan Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. 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, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.  Make a secure online donation at or call:  (808) 739-8109.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross