In partnership with the respective counties, the Hawaii Red Cross volunteers will be opening shelters on the Big Island, Maui County, and Oahu in response to Iselle. Evacuation Shelters will be open on Thursday, August 7th at the following sites (please listen to the radio or local media for opening times and further updates):
CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU
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.
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 www.redcross.org/hawaii (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).
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Make a plan. All members of the household should work together on the family disaster plan. A Family Disaster Plan Template is available on redcross.org 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. Hurricane shelter locations and opening times will be shared by local media. Do not automatically go there.
Download free Red Cross mobile apps. People can use the one touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way- even if the power is out. 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.
Safe and Well website. The Red Cross Safe and Well website is an internet tool to keep loved ones connected; available for major disasters through www.redcross.org. People within a disaster-affected area can register themselves as “safe and well” and concerned family and friends who know the person’s phone number or address can search for messages posted by those who self-register. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-800-RED-CROSS to register yourself and your family.
How You Can Help
Help people affected by disasters like tropical storms 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 redcross.org/donate, 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.