Red Cross shelters about 200 residents during Tropical Storm Madeline

MEDIA RELEASE

Nearly 200 residents stayed overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug 30-31) at the 14 Big Island evacuation shelters that were opened by the Hawaii County Civil Defense in partnership with the Hawaii Red Cross. All shelters are currently closed.

Big Island Red Cross volunteers will be visiting the hardest hit areas to assess damage from Hurricane Madeline.

The Hawaii Red Cross is also continuing to monitor Hurricane Lester and is working with local and state officials, ready to respond as needed. Everyone from shelter, mental health, and health workers to damage assessment, case workers, and logistics volunteers are on standby.

Hurricane Safety. People in the path of the storms should check their disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. Emergency preparedness kits should include enough supplies for at least seven days in case someone has to evacuate. Water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents should go in every kit. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks’ worth of supplies at home.

Due to Hawaii’s isolation and vulnerability, the Red Cross recommends that people 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.

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