Red Cross looking for volunteers in light of approaching hurricane

8/21 9 p.m.: Hector intensifies to a Category 5 hurricane as it nears Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has activated an Operation Center and is ready to help with public health and medical assistance.

Also preparing for widespread disaster response are volunteers with The American Red Cross Hawaii chapter. They say mainland crews are en-route to Hawaii to help with what could be a long and difficult recovery. But despite that, more local volunteers are needed statewide.

"We really want any kind of volunteer that's compassionate and wants to help people. It's a really stressful situation. You do not need to be trained to be a volunteer for this kind of incident. We're going to be needing a lot more of our regular volunteers," Coralie Matayoshi, American Red Cross Regional CEO said.

For more information on volunteering, click here.

The Red Cross is setting up satellite centers across the state, but has not announced shelter locations for Hurricane Lane yet.

Officials are urging people to stay informed and sign up to volunteer at the Red Cross website at the link above.

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