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Red Cross Maui Worker Deploys to Guam for Typhoon Response

May 14, 2015, 3:49 PM HST
* Updated May 15, 5:18 AM
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Forecast Track and Uncertainty Graphic for Typhoon Dolphin, courtesy National Weather Service Guam.

Forecast Track and Uncertainty Graphic for Typhoon Dolphin, courtesy National Weather Service Guam.

By Maui Now Staff

Maui Red Cross volunteer, Rebecca King, is one of two workers from Hawaiʻi who were deployed to Guam this week to help with response to Typhoon Dolphin.

King will be assisting in client casework as the region faces impacts from Typhoon Dolphin.

As of 8 a.m. Guam Time on Friday, May 15, (12 p.m. HST Thursday, May 14), Typhoon Dolphin continued to the WNW at 18 mph and had intensified slightly to 110 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Guam. The system was tracking towards Rota.  A typhoon warning remained in effect at last report for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan with conditions including winds of 74 mph or more expected.

King was recognized as the 2015 Maui Volunteer of the Year during an award presentation in April.  She was one of two Red Cross Hawaiʻi workers who departed to the region on Wednesday.  Also deployed was Candy Iha, an Oʻahu volunteer who will be assisting in health services.

2015 Maui Volunteer of the Year- Rebecca King

2015 Maui Volunteer of the Year- Rebecca King

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“As part of the Pacific Region, we are prepared to help the Red Cross in Guam. Volunteers are standing by,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaiʻi State Chapter of the American Red Cross in an organization press release.

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The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance free of charge, in an effort to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters.

The organization depends on public contributions to conduct their work. Donations for various disaster response efforts are being accepted through the American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96816 or make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call (808) 739-8109.

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