MIAMI (August 24, 2018) — Local American Red Cross volunteers of the South Florida Region have deployed to Hawaii to help residents affected by Hurricane Lane. The Red Cross has deployed nearly 200 trained disaster workers across the United States, including an experienced leadership team and IT professionals to support emergency communications equipment.
Red Cross South Florida Region volunteers Gloria Mejia and Gaenor Speed are currently assisting the Hawaii Chapter of the Red Cross in evacuation shelters as Hurricane Lane reaches landfall.
Originally, Mejia assisted Hawaii Red Cross to provide support to the families affected by the Kilauea Volcano lava flow. Since then, her position has shifted as Shelter Manager for one of the evacuation centers on the island.
Speed is an active volunteer in Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter and was the shelter lead for Hurricane Irma overseeing 10 shelters. She then deployed to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria for five weeks.
To read more of Gloria’s story, CLICK HERE.
To read more about Gaenor’s response, CLICK HERE.
HOW YOU CAN HELP You can help people affected by Hurricane Lane by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LANE to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Lane relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.
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