DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Almost exactly one year after volunteers here rushed to the aid of Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, another group is heading to Hawaii ahead of Hurricane Lane.
The Dayton Area Red Cross is preparing to lend a hand on the ground and from home.
Executive Director Cory Paul said Friday three volunteers from the Dayton chapter were on their way to a Red Cross staging area in Los Angeles, California. From there, they will deploy to Hawaii as needed.
“We work in the unknown space,” Paul said. “So we have a couple of different scenarios as far as how damaging the hurricane can be.”
Another volunteer is staying local for a ‘virtual deployment,’ remotely coordinating communication and shelter logistics.
As of early Friday, the American Cross was operating 38 different shelters for at least 1,500 Hawaiian residents displaced by heavy rain and mudslides.
Paul said several Dayton Area Red Cross volunteers are returning from assisting with California wildfires are already requesting to deploy to Hawaii. He anticipates more volunteers will deploy in the next several days as Hurricane Lane makes landfall.
“Our word is readiness, our word is preparedness,” Paul said. “We have a lot of wonderful Dayton-area volunteers that are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice and go really where ever the issue is.”
Anyone who wishes to volunteer with the American Red Cross must pass a background check and complete training. You can find more information by clicking here.
According to Paul, the quickest and easiest way to support the Red Cross is with a monetary donation. You can direct money specifically for Hurricane Lane relief by texting LANE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
You can learn more about other ways to donate here.