As hurricane season begins, Mobi PCS has donated 25 smartphones and 4 Hele Wireless Broadband mi-fi devices for the Hawaii Red Cross to use for local disaster responses that occur throughout the islands. Phones will be on reserve for a major event on any of the islands to help the Red Cross quickly build capacity to respond and communicate in the field.
“Mobi’s generous support ensures that local Red Cross operations for disaster response will be able to quickly get started. These phones would go to volunteers who help us on major disasters who may not have access to smart phones,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer. “Volunteers will be able to access the internet and email disaster stats immediately to help those affected using these Mobi phones. Mobi PCS and the Hawaii Red Cross are proud to work together for the safety and security of the people of Hawaii. “
“We are extremely honored to help support the statewide mission of the Hawaii Red Cross with these donations,” explains Bill Jarvis, Mobi PCS president and CEO. “As a Hawaii-based wireless carrier, every one of our employees lives, works and plays right here. Keeping our community safe and giving back to Hawaii is a critical part of Mobi PCS’s mission and values.”
The Red Cross encourages all families to make a disaster plan to include an evacuation plan with two different routes of escape, a communications plan to help families reconnect after disaster and a disaster supplies kit that is readily available to aid in a quick evacuation. Information on developing a family plan is available to the public at www.redcross.org, or a brochure can be requested by calling 734-2101.
The Red Cross is not a government agency and depends on public contributions to help others. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world. To send a contribution, mail your check to: American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816. You can also make a secure online donation at www.redcross.org/hawaii or call: (808) 739-8133.