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Red Cross Readies Volunteers and Supplies for Kilo

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“Even if the storm does not impact the islands directly, we still need to be prepared."

The Red Cross has been working throughout the weekend calling down hundreds of volunteers in preparation for Hurricane Kilo.  Everyone from shelter, mental health, and health workers to damage assessment, case workers, and logistics volunteers are on standby.
“Even if the storm does not impact the islands directly, we still need to be prepared for possible flooding,” explained Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Pacific Islands Region.
Red Cross logistics teams are already at work prepositioning supplies, including shipping additional shelter kits to Kauai ahead of the storm.
The Red Cross urges residents to download the free all-in-one Red Cross Emergency app that includes over 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, maps to find the nearest open shelter, step-by-step instructions on what to do before, during, and after a disaster strikes, and lifesaving first aid instructions, diagrams, and videos on what to do for 20 emergencies like heart attack, stroke, bleeding, choking, head injuries, burns, broken bones, asthma attack, diabetic emergency, heat stroke, seizure, poisoning, bee stings, allergies, and unconsciousness.  There is even a one touch “I’m safe” button that allows you to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that you are out of harm’s way.
Pets are also affected by disaster and rely on your help during emergencies. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get simple step-by-step instructions with videos on what to do for poisoning, bleeding, choking, and dozens of other emergencies, as well as what to do in disaster situations. Having this app could be critical to your pet’s survival in any emergency situation. Download these apps at the Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace or by visiting
In addition to downloading the Red Cross mobile apps, residents should prepare by making their emergency kits, updating their family evacuation and communication plans, and staying informed.  For more information on what to do before, during and after a tropical storm or hurricane, go to:
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, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii  96816 or make a secure online donation at or call (808) 739-8109.