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Additional Hawaii Volunteers Deploy for Ongoing Response Efforts

1 Hawaii volunteer deploys to Las Vegas and 62 Hawaii volunteers deployed for Harvey, Irma and Maria

The thoughts and deepest sympathies of the entire American Red Cross family are with all those affected by Sunday night’s tragic shooting in Las Vegas. The Red Cross is on the ground working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now.

One Hawaii Red Cross volunteer from Oahu was deployed to Las Vegas to provide assistance in health services. 

In addition, over the last five weeks, the American Red Cross has launched a wide-ranging relief effort to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The Red Cross is on the ground, part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to communities turned upside down by these three Category 4 storms.

A total of 62 Hawaii Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to provide shelter, food, comfort and hope to victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. For Harvey, a total of 34 volunteers were deployed: 15 from Oahu, 11 from the Big Island, 6 from Maui, and 2 from Molokai.  For Irma, a total 22 volunteers were deployed: 12 from Oahu, 4 from Kauai, 3 from Maui and 3 from the Big Island. For Maria, a total of 6 volunteers were deployed: 2 from the Big Island, and 4 from Oahu.

Four Hawaii Red Cross team members are also assisting virtually; one Big Island volunteer will be assisting as a call agent, one Oahu volunteer is assisting with shelter population counts, one Oahu volunteer is assisting with disaster mental health, and one Oahu staff member is assisting with Service to the Armed Forces Hero Care call center and casework. 

Overall Response Efforts

  • In the last five weeks, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has provided more than 1.2 million overnight stays in emergency shelters. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes—
    • For Harvey, more than 422,000 overnight shelter stays in Texas and Louisiana.
    • For Irma, more than 646,000 overnight shelter stays across six states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    • For Maria, more than 150,000 overnight stays in primarily government shelters across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • The Red Cross has served more than 5.6 million meals and snacks, and provided more than 2.6 million relief items to people in need.
  • Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 160,000 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.
  • A total of more than 15,000 trained disaster workers, 91 percent of them volunteers, have been mobilized to support hurricane relief efforts. Many of these workers have supported multiple relief operations or deployed multiple times. In addition, nearly 6,000 spontaneous local volunteers have worked alongside the Red Cross in Texas and Florida.
  • More than 100 Red Cross workers from around the world deployed to the United States to help with hurricane relief efforts.Right now, more than 3,900 Red Cross disaster workers and more than 280 emergency response vehicles are on the ground, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.