LIHUE — A Red Cross volunteer from Kauai is one of two from Hawaii assigned to deploy to Orlando, Fla., a staging site for Hurricane Irma.
The Red Cross is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma, a powerful hurricane in the Atlantic, and beginning to prepare in case the U.S. is threatened.
As of Monday, 24 Hawaii Red Cross volunteers have either deployed or will be deployed to Houston to assist with the Red Cross response to Harvey.
Red Cross disaster workers are also responding out west to wildfires in Oregon, Montana, California and Washington state, where almost 80 people spent the night in shelters. There are as many as 130 wildfires burning according to the USDA Forest Service.