HONOLULU, HI - September 5, 2019: Seventeen (17) Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deployed to help residents in the path of Hurricane Dorian. Nine volunteers are from Oahu, six from the Big Island, one from Kauai, and one from Molokai. The volunteers are in route or already in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and will be helping with Mental Health, Spiritual Care, Sheltering, Logistics, Planning, and Staffing.
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to support people affected by Hurricane Dorian across four states.
- Wednesday night, some 6,900 people stayed in 116 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
- This included 1,900 people in 34 shelters in Florida; some 2,000 people in 13 Red Cross shelters in Georgia; more than 2,000 people in 32 Red Cross shelters in South Carolina; and 895 people in 37 shelters in North Carolina.
- To date, the Red Cross and community organizations have provided over 31,000 cumulative overnight stays for Hurricane Dorian.
- More than 2,500 trained Red Cross responders from all over the country are helping to support relief efforts.
- With the help of our partners, the Red Cross has served more than 45,000 meals and snacks.
- Volunteer mental health and health services professionals have provided some 6,800 contacts to provide support and care to people affected by Hurricane Dorian.
- In advance of Dorian, some 110 emergency response vehicles and 104 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies, including cots, blankets and 63,000 ready-to-eat meals were mobilized.
- Hurricane Dorian has forced the cancellation of approximately 70 Red Cross blood drives and donation centers in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia resulting in more than 1,800 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
- To assist local blood centers in Florida, the Red Cross sent approximately 350 blood products to ensure patients have access to lifesaving blood as hurricane warnings and evacuations keep many from giving.
- More than 21 million weather alerts related to Dorian have been sent through Red Cross mobile apps since August 28.
International Relief (Bahamas)
- According to national and regional estimates, approximately 76,000 people – the vast majority of residents on the two islands – have been affected by Hurricane Dorian.
- More than 13,000 houses are believed to have been damaged or destroyed. That’s equivalent to about 45 percent of all dwellings on the two islands.
- The International Federation of the Red Cross has announced an emergency appeal for $3.2 million to support the Bahamas Red Cross as it responds to the storm.
- In addition, the IFRC has already released $500,000 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to ensure an immediate supply of cash for the response teams on the ground.
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. To make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call: (808) 739-8109.