BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - In partnership with the Hawaii County Civil Defense, Hawaii Red Cross volunteers will be opening shelters on the Big Island in response to Ana.
Evacuation Shelters will open on Friday, October 17, 2014 at noon the following sites:
- Laupahoehoe School - 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Laupahoehoe
- Kohala High & Elementary - 54-3611 Akoni Pule Hwy Kapaau
- Kealakehe High - 74-5000 Puohulihuli St, Kailua-Kona
- Konawaena High - 81-1043 Konawaena School Rd, Kealakekua
- Hilo High - 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo
- Waiakea High - 155 W Kawili St, Hilo
- Keaau High - 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Rd, Keaau
- Pahoa High & Intermediate– 15-3038 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa
- Honokaa High & Intermediate - 45-527 Pakalana St, Honokaa
- Kau High & Pahala Elementary - 96-3150 Pikake Stl, Pahala
- Waikoloa Elementary - 68-1730 Ho'oko St, Waikoloa Village
Due to Hawaii's isolation and vulnerability, the Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for seven days and 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.
The Red Cross also encourages everyone to be prepared before disasters strike by getting a disaster kit, making a plan and being informed.
Every family should have their own disaster kit. As other emergency response organizations have reported, families are asked to bring their own disaster supplies kit to a shelter, if asked to evacuate. Have 7 days' worth of supplies at home to shelter in place or in a compact portable container to take to a shelter. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at www.redcross.org/hawaii (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).
All members of the household should work together on the family disaster plan. A Family Disaster Plan Template is available on redcross.org that people can download and complete to make or update their plan. Planning together is important so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something occurs. The plan should include ways to contact and find one another in an emergency, including two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire - and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.
Stay informed and listen to local media to keep updated on the status of Ana. Hurricane shelter locations and opening times will be shared by local media. Do not automatically go there.
For more updates, follow the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @HawaiiRedCross. You can also contact the Hawaii Chapter at 808-734-2101 or visit redcross.org/hawaii.