Red Cross volunteers assess damage from storm

Red Cross volunteers assess damage from storm

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu Red Cross volunteers will be assessing the hardest hit areas for damages caused by Ana. The Red Cross responds on the scene of disasters with focus on providing safe shelter, emotional health support, physical health services, and distributing emergency relief supplies like hygiene items and cleaning-up supplies.

The Red Cross asks that any Oahu residents with storm related damage to their living area call the Oahu Red Cross hotline at 853-8609.

RETURNING HOME AFTER THE STORM

The Red Cross advises that people should return home only when officials say it is safe. Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates and stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.

Follow these tips when returning home, especially if you experienced flooding:

• Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

How You Can Help

Volunteer. The Hawaii Red Cross continually recruits, trains and mobilizes volunteers to help those in need. Over 95% of services are provided by volunteers. All disaster training, services, and financial assistance to victims is free, through the generosity of our donors, volunteers, and the community. Interested volunteers can go to http://www.redcross.org/hi/honolulu/volunteer/apply-to-volunteer for volunteer training opportunities or can call 808-739-8130 for questions.

Donate. Help people affected by disasters like Tropical Storm Ana and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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.

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