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Hawaiʻi Red Cross Volunteers Deploy for Dorian

September 1, 2019, 12:26 PM HST
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Nine Hawaiʻi Red Cross volunteers are headed to help residents in the path of Hurricane Dorian. 

Six of the volunteers are from Oʻahu, two are from Hawaiʻi Island, and one is from Kauaʻi. They will be stationed in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to assist with mental health services, spiritual care, and shelters. 

According to a Red Cross press release, 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted by wind, rain, flooding, and high storm surge. 

The hurricane has the potential to make landfall as a powerful category 4 hurricane and could be the strongest direct hit to Florida’s east coast since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  

The Red Cross is mobilizing over 600 trained volunteers from all over the country, 20 emergency response vehicles, and more than 60 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies to help people in the stormʻs path.

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About 265 people sought refuge in 70 shelters as the storm passed over the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday night. 

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The Red Cross is encouraging all families to make a disaster plan. 

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