Hawaii Red Cross urges residents to prepare as Hurricane Lane continues to move towards the islands

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The Hawaii Red Cross has started preparing for the Hurricane Lane by calling down hundreds of volunteers over the weekend.  

The Red Cross is watching the situation closely and working with local and state officials, ready to respond as needed. 

Everyone from shelter, mental health and health workers to damage assessment, case workers, and logistics volunteers are on standby.

“Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a tropical storm or hurricane and we urge the public to take the time to prepare for the potential impacts of the approaching Hurricane Lane,” said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii Red Cross.

The Red Cross says one step residents can take to prepare is to download the all-in-one Red Cross Emergency app that make 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts available with real-time information to help residents safe. 

The free app includes step by step instructions on what to do before, during, and after a disaster strikes. 

Users can easily find the nearest open shelter, activate the one touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows you to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that you are out of harm’s way and access lifesaving first aid instructions and videos.

Pets are also affected by disaster and rely on your help during emergencies. 

The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. 

Get simple step-by-step instructions with videos on what to do for poisoning, bleeding, choking, and dozens of other emergencies, as well as what to do in disaster situations. 

Visit the Red Cross website to download the app. 

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