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Big Island Shelters Scheduled to Open for Darby

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Red Cross will be opening shelters on the Big Island in response to Tropical Storm Darby.

In partnership with the Hawaii County, Hawaii Red Cross volunteers will be opening shelters on the Big Island in response to Tropical Storm Darby.  Evacuation Shelters are scheduled to open on Friday, July 22nd at 4pm the following sites (please listen to the radio or local media for any changes and further updates): 


Laupahoehoe High - 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Laupahoehoe

Kohala High & Elementary - 54-3609 Akoni Pule Hwy Kapaau

Konawaena High (pet friendly) - 81-1043 Konawaena School Rd, Kealakekua

Hilo High - 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo

Waiakea High (pet friendly) - 155 W Kawili St, Hilo

Keaau High (pet friendly) - 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Rd, Keaau

Pahoa High & Intermediate (pet friendly) – 15-3038 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa

Honokaa High & Intermediate (pet friendly) - 45-527 Pakalana St, Honokaa

Kau High & Elementary (pet friendly) - 96-3150 Pikake Stl, Pahala

Kalanianaole Elementary (pet friendly) – 27-330 Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou

Mountain View Elementary – 18-1235 Volcano Hwy, Mountain View

Waikoloa Elementary – 68-1730 Hooko Street, Waikoloa

Kealakehe High (pet friendly) – 74-5000 Puohulihuli Street, Kailua-Kona

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 (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 Tropical Storm Darby. Evacuation shelter locations and opening times will be shared by local media. Do not automatically go there.

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

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.

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