Red Cross leads training exercise

If a hurricane hits Kauai, rescue groups and others plan to be ready.

The American Red Cross Kauai Branch recently simulated an emergency response training exercise. The purpose of the exercise with about 20 people was to test volunteers’ abilities to set up supplies, layout a shelter for the population, decision-making methodology in dealing with clients, exercise amateur radio communications from shelter, and coordination of family-reunification issues. 

“In my duties I tried to hold to the Red Cross values of being compassionate, collaborating with the team, being creative in seeking solutions, being credible, and being committed to the Red Cross,” said Red Cross Health Services volunteer, Sally Tazelaar.

It was part of a statewide effort that saw the Hawaii Red Cross working with partners in disaster response to open eight shelters in preparation for hurricane season. 

The scenario provided to the players that morning included the relocation of a hurricane evacuation shelter in Lihue to a congregate care (long-term) shelter at the Kauai Veteran’s Center. The scenario included a substantial number of local residents in the shelter due to destroyed homes post landfall. Red Cross logistic volunteers delivered shelter kits, signage and cots to the facility. The simulation incorporated scenarios to include health services. 

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