August of 2012, Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania. The powerful storm killed 6 people, knocked over trees and flooded homes.
That was Maui resident Rebecca King's first assignment as a Red Cross volunteer.
"Especially on those national deployments for us coming from Hawaii, I think a little aloha goes a long way and I think they definitely appreciate having someone there."
The next year, Rebecca was in Louisiana dealing with the effects from Hurricane Isaac, which whipped up waters that spilled over dams along the Gulf Coast.
Her efforts have also led her to Guam for Typhoon Vongfong in 2014.
"They're long hours but they are very very rewarding", King said.
Rebecca sprang into action in our own state when Tropical Storm Iselle hit last year. The wind and water damaged large parts of Maui and the Big Island, and she was right there to lend a hand. In fact, that's the root of the reason Rebecca volunteered. She lives in West Maui, an area that she says could easily get cut off to outside help.
"So if the Pali got closed or blocked by a brush fire or something else, there were only a few volunteers to help all the residents visitors and on the west side. So I thought, you know what I should really help out."
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