Volunteers from the Tennessee Valley en route to Hawaii for hurricane relief
Three local volunteers from the Tennessee Valley are traveling to the islands before Hurricane Lane hits.
The Red Cross is watching Hurricane Lane closely and working with volunteers around the country to respond to the Hawaiian Islands as soon as possible.
People in Hawaii are preparing as Lane treks toward the islands. The Governor of Hawaii issued an emergency proclamation to speed up the state's response to potential impact and the Hawaii National Guard is on high alert.
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"We've got to take it very, very seriously, and we're all working together at this point to plan for the worst and hope for the best," Oahu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.
While the state braces for the storm, three local volunteers from the Tennessee Valley are traveling to the islands before it hits. Wayne Hannah is one of them, he will be a disaster-training manager and will be responsible for training other volunteers in Hawaii.
"We give them a three to four-hour briefing on the basic things they need to know to be able to get started," Hannah said.
Hannah is a retired army veteran is on his 13th deployment with the Red Cross. He most recently returned home from the California wildfires.
"I enjoy giving back to people; I enjoy being a part of the group that is actually doing things," he said.
He's joining a nationwide call to assist people in the path of the storm.
"The hurricane is supposed to hit on Thursday, so there are certain requirements for you to even get to that next level, and Wayne was ready to go in 24 hours," Jerry Wang, of the Red Cross, said.
Wayne never knows what to expect on these missions, but he knows he can bring hope to the people in Hawaii.
"Being able to empathize with what they are going through and basically give them a shoulder to cry on, listen just sit and listen," Hannah said.
The Red Cross said volunteers will stay for a minimum of three weeks, but they'll stay as long as they're needed.
A total of 12 Red Cross volunteers from the state of Tennessee are on their way to Hawaii. They will work in shelters and various other roles before and after the storm.