HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - 50 Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are on standby to deploy to the Gulf Coast to assist in the American Red Cross Isaac relief operation.
Up to 10 Hawaii Red Cross volunteers from Oahu and Maui may be deployed tonight to pre-position in Texas so that they can get to Louisiana more quickly once the storm has passed. Most will be assigned to work at emergency shelters.
- Last night, nearly 800 people stayed in 52 shelters in 5 states - more shelters could open today.
- About 2,400 trained Red Cross disaster workers from all over the United States have deployed to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to help.
- Across the Gulf Coast, 187 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are poised to serve meals and distribute relief items once it's safe to do so.
- Red Cross has pre-positioned 290,000 ready-to-eat meals and several kitchen support trailers into the area.
Hawaii residents with family in the path of Isaac should encourage them to stay informed about the storm and leave the area if authorities direct them to do so.