Honolulu, The American Red Cross is sending additional support to the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Alternately, the cyclone is also named Typhoon Yolanda.
An American Red Cross shelter specialist left for the Philippines Saturday bringing the total to ten staff and volunteers deployed to support relief efforts for the Typhoon. A team of five disaster specialists deployed on Friday to the Philippines to join a 15-member global Red Cross Emergency Response Team to assist with distributing relief supplies to affected communities. Four telecommunications and disaster assessment experts from the American Red Cross have already arrived in the Philippines with satellite equipment.
Additionally, mapping experts and hundreds of volunteers at the American Red Cross have been working in partnership with the United States government and the British Red Cross to provide maps to guide disaster relief operations in the Philippines.
Donations to the American Red Cross will be used to procure and distribute relief items such as food, blankets, hygiene kits, mosquito nets; provide emergency shelter healthcare; access to clean water and sanitation; and cash grants for use when markets begin functioning normally.
The Hawaii Red Cross continues to assist those looking for missing family members in the Philippines. So far, 64 cases have been submitted for the tracing process and 10 cases have been closed because local families have been able to contact their loved ones. The family tracing services hotline is: (808) 739-8115, and callers should leave a message with their name and phone number so a caseworker can return their call. Callers will be asked to give the full name, address, and telephone number of the missing person. The Hawaii Red Cross will forward inquiries to the American National Red Cross, which is working with the Philippine Red Cross to locate family members. Disasters like Super Typhoon Haiyan wreak havoc on telecommunications systems, making it difficult for separated families to find one another. Part of the mission of the Red Cross is to reconnect families who have been separated by disaster or conflict.
If you would like to donate to help those in need, go to www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or can mail a check to the Hawaii Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. Checks should be made payable to “American Red Cross” with “Philippine Typhoon” in the memo line.
By Cindy Tanaka, American Red Cross – Honolulu Chapter
Honolulu, – Back to school also means back to practice for thousands of student athletes and coaches. The American Red Cross has training and resources available for people to learn how to treat a variety of emergencies and injuries that may occur throughout the sports season.
“School and neighborhood coaches, athletes and spectators should know how to help prevent and respond to common sports injuries such as strains and sprains, fractures, cuts and concussions,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Safe Kids Worldwide reports that every 25 seconds a child is hurt playing sports and that more than 1 million emergency room visits are made due to sports injuries each year. Sports injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits for young people, according to their study.
Red Cross has developed a number of resources for everyone involved in sports and recreational activities:
Information on courses and additional resources are available at redcross.org. A variety of Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross, or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
Beat the Heat
“Heat can be especially hazardous to anyone exercising or playing outdoors this time of year. People should avoid scheduling workouts and exercise during the hottest times of the day,” added Ms. Matayoshi. “Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.”
Wailuku – The American Red Cross is recruiting disaster services volunteers on the Island of Maui in the Hana area. All Disaster Services training is provided free of charge. Volunteers in Hana are needed to help with feeding and damage assessment following a local disaster.
To become a volunteer, the first step is to register online at www.redcross.org/hawaii
All new disaster volunteers must take a series of basic disaster classes. New volunteer candidates must register for, and attend, the entire series. New volunteer training series at the Hana Community Center, 5091 Uakea Road in Hana.
Friday, 8/2/13 – Disaster Services: An Overview, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/3/13 – Shelter Fundamentals, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, 8/3/13 – Disaster Assessment Basics, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8/4/13 – Disaster Action Team: An Orientation, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For assistance, please call the Maui office at 244-0051. For more information about volunteering or other opportunities at the American Red Cross, please visit redcross.org/Hawaii.
The Red Cross encourages all families to make a disaster plan to include an evacuation plan with two different routes of escape, a communications plan to help families reconnect after disaster and a disaster supplies kit that is readily available to aid in a quick evacuation. Information on developing a family plan is available to the public at www.redcross.org, or a brochure can be requested by calling 244-0051.
Honolulu – Nine Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deploying to help with the Red Cross response to the deadly Arizona wildfire. Three nurses (two from Oahu and one from the Big Island) left yesterday. Four more are leaving today to work in sheltering and casework (one from Maui, three from the Big Island). Two Oahu volunteers are leaving this weekend. Others are on standby. Additional volunteers in mental health are being recruited.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic events in Yarnell, Arizona,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the 19 brave firefighters who lost their lives protecting their community. Our local volunteers will not only share their aloha, but will gain valuable experience to help Hawaii prepare for the next major disaster here in the islands.”
Red Cross workers are helping people affected by the blaze about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix, providing food, water, shelter and mental health services for those affected. The fire forced hundreds of people to leave their homes. The wildfire had closed a major roadway in the area, dividing the response area almost in half. Red Cross workers opened shelters on both sides of the fire to best help people in need. The Red Cross is working with officials to determine how to best support people in this community.
The Red Cross is responding to several wildfires in the West as well as flooding in several Eastern states with food, shelter, relief supplies and emotional support. To support these efforts, please make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Honolulu – As hurricane season begins, Mobi PCS has donated 25 smartphones and 4 Hele Wireless Broadband mi-fi devices for the Hawaii Red Cross to use for local disaster responses that occur throughout the islands. Phones will be on reserve for a major event on any of the islands to help the Red Cross quickly build capacity to respond and communicate in the field.
“Mobi’s generous support ensures that local Red Cross operations for disaster response will be able to quickly get started. These phones would go to volunteers who help us on major disasters who may not have access to smart phones,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer. “Volunteers will be able to access the internet and email disaster stats immediately to help those affected using these Mobi phones. Mobi PCS and the Hawaii Red Cross are proud to work together for the safety and security of the people of Hawaii.”
“We are extremely honored to help support the statewide mission of the Hawaii Red Cross with these donations,” explains Bill Jarvis, Mobi PCS president and CEO. “As a Hawaii-based wireless carrier, every one of our employees lives, works and plays right here. Keeping our community safe and giving back to Hawaii is a critical part of Mobi PCS’s mission and values.”
The Red Cross encourages all families to make a disaster plan to include an evacuation plan with two different routes of escape, a communications plan to help families reconnect after disaster and a disaster supplies kit that is readily available to aid in a quick evacuation. Information on developing a family plan is available to the public at www.redcross.org, or a brochure can be requested by calling 734-2101.
The Red Cross is not a government agency and depends on public contributions to help others. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. 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, HI 96816. You can also make a secure online donation at www.redcross.org/hawaii or call: (808) 739-8133.
Maui County Roads and Schools Open, Shelter Closed but FLASH FLOOD WATCH STILL IN EFFECT.
Maui County Communications Director Rod Antone has provided this information update as of 8:30 a.m. today:
Baldwin Beach Park is closed due to flooding. Maui Civil Defense announced that there are no road closures Upcountry at this time according to Maui police. The roads are still wet and slick so please use caution when driving.
Also the Department of Education has announced no school closures. At this time the Red Cross emergency shelter at Hannibal Tavares Community Center is closed and residents have returned to their homes. Two stranded area residents spent part of the night there.
In the meantime please be aware that a FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT FOR MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND…
AN UNSTABLE AIR MASS…TOGETHER WITH WATER VAPOR STREAMING FROM
THE EAST…WILL CONTINUE TO BRING HEAVY SHOWERS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF
THUNDERSTORMS TO MAINLY WINDWARD SLOPES OF MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.
* STREAMING HEAVY SHOWERS WILL RAISE A HIGH RISK OF FLOODING
MAINLY ALONG WINDWARD SLOPES…WHILE AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS
WILL THREATEN FLOODING ALONG LEE SLOPES.
* AVOID CAMPING OR HIKING NEAR STREAMS AND LOW-LYING FLOOD-PRONE
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS VERY DANGEROUS. REMEMBER
THAT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE RAINING HEAVILY WHERE YOU ARE FOR A
FLASH FLOOD TO REACH YOU.
MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE
ACTION IF A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED.
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