People across the Hawaiian Islands are cleaning up after Tropical Storm Iselle, and the American Red Cross is there to help.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross is also helping communities affected by wildfires across the Pacific Northwest, including a new fire in northern California that is threatening hundreds of homes.
ISELLE RESPONSE Red Cross workers in Hawaii are assessing the damage caused by Iselle and the Red Cross also is working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to ensure the right support is offered to help people recover from the storm.
A total of 2,200 people took refuge in 31 Red Cross evacuation centers across Hawaii when Iselle made landfall on Thursday and Friday. In addition to provide a safe and dry place for people to ride out the storm, the Red Cross evacuation centers also had nurses and trained mental health workers on site to help people. These workers made over 50 health contacts and more than 700 emotional support contacts over the past few days.
STAYING SAFE FROM ISELLE’S FLOODWATERS
The Red Cross advises that people should return home only when officials say it is safe. Follow these tips when returning home, especially if you experienced flooding:
WILDFIRES BURN ACROSS PACIFIC NORTHWEST The Red Cross opened a shelter Sunday in northern California to help people affected by the new July Complex Fire, which threatens more than 600 residences and has resulted in a mandatory evacuation. The Red Cross is also continuing to respond to wildfires in Washington state, where fires have consumed hundreds of thousands of acres over the past month. People living near the wildfires should stay informed about the situation and be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice. The Red Cross provides additional wildfire safety tips here.
HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross has been working to help people affected by the hurricane in Hawaii and the wildfires in the Northwest, and needs donations to support our work.. Make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.