Red Cross Hero: Tom Kaneo

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Tom Kaneo has been a disaster volunteer with the American Red Cross of Hawaii since 2001and is now the Disaster Action Team Captain for Kona. Tom is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is the first to respond to disaster. After making an assessment, he works with a team to coordinate the needs of residents even if they don't think they have any.

Tom also opens and coordinates logistics for shelters, maintains 2 emergency supply storage areas, services the Red Cross generators and teaches Red Cross disaster courses. If that's not enough, he often recruits members to support the Red Cross. Tom's tireless dedication makes him the American Red Cross of Hawaii West Hawaii Volunteer of the Year.

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Even when we have hurricanes and high winds and whatever, destruction on some houses, the locals they look at us and say, oh, go help our neighbor. Sometimes it feels like we have to force helping them because they tend to try and make it on their own.