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Hawaii Red Cross Volunteers to Open Shelters on Big Island

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Get a disaster kit, make a plan and be informed.

In partnership with the Hawaii County Civil Defense, the Hawaii Red Cross volunteers will be opening shelters on the Big Island in response to Tropical Storm Ana. Evacuation Shelters will open on Friday, October 17, 2014 at noon the following sites (please listen to the radio or local media for changes to opening times and further updates): 

Laupahoehoe School - 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Laupahoehoe

Kohala High & Elementary - 54-3611 Akoni Pule Hwy Kapaau

Kealakehe High - 74-5000 Puohulihuli St, Kailua-Kona

Konawaena High - 81-1043 Konawaena School Rd, Kealakekua

Hilo High - 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo

Waiakea High - 155 W Kawili St, Hilo

Keaau High - 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Rd, Keaau

Pahoa High & Intermediate– 15-3038 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa

Honokaa High & Intermediate - 45-527 Pakalana St, Honokaa

Kau High & Pahala Elementary - 96-3150 Pikake Stl, Pahala

Waikoloa Elementary - 68-1730 Ho’oko St, Waikoloa Village

Due to Hawaii’s isolation and vulnerability, the Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for seven days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters. Airports and ports may be damaged by the storm and slow down the resupply process for local stores.

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


Download free Red Cross mobile apps. Have safety and first aid information at your fingertips. The hurricane app features weather alerts, information on open Red Cross shelters, a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and a one-touch “I’m Safe” button that lets you use social media outlets to let family and friends know you are okay. The apps can be downloaded by visiting


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 


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



Change of clothes



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 Ana. Hurricane shelter locations and opening times will be shared by local media. Do not automatically go there.


How You Can Help

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

Help people affected by disasters like Tropical Storm Ana and countless other crises by making a gift to 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, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Interested volunteers can go to our website to sign up: or call 808-739-8130 for more information. Those interested can also sign up via our Team Red Cross App, which provides an easy and quick way for people to sign up to help the Red Cross and support their community.  Once users download the app, they create an account. Then they learn about different jobs, such as working in a warehouse, handing out supplies or assisting with feeding. When the Red Cross has a need for volunteers, the Team Red Cross App will notify users based on their location. Potential volunteers can instantly accept or decline the volunteer opportunity. This app can be downloaded by visiting

For more updates, 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