Hawaii Red Cross could deploy for Hurricane Sandy

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of people across nine states took refuge from Hurricane Sandy in American Red Cross shelters Sunday night as the massive storm neared the East Coast.

"Here in Hawaii, the Red Cross is reaching out to our local volunteers for possible deployment for Hurricane Sandy," said Ms. Matayoshi.  "They will need to be ready to fly out within 12-24 hours after being called and will serve on a 2-3 week  disaster assignment.  This past August, 24 local Red Cross volunteers deployed to the mainland to assist with Hurricane Isaac relief efforts. They gained valuable experience to bring back to our State so that we will be better prepared when the next major disaster strikes Hawaii."

More than 3,200 people spent the night in 112 Red Cross shelters in nine states – New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Massachusetts. The number of people going to shelters is expected to grow as the storm comes ashore.

The Red Cross has deployed more than 1,300 disaster workers to the region from all over the country to help those affected by the storm. As many as 160 emergency vehicles are ready to respond when it is safe to do so, and more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals have been sent into the area.

"Sandy is a large and dangerous storm, and will affect large parts of the eastern part of the country for the next few days,'" said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO, American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter.  If you have friends or relatives in the affected areas, urge them to register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.  You can also tell them where to find a Red Cross shelter and how to download the Red Cross Hurricane App, by going to www.redcross or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)."

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