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Big Island Red Cross Responds to Hawaiian Acres Fire

Red Cross disaster volunteers went to the scene to ensure any immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing were met.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a residential fire reported on Maui Street in Hawaiian Acres. Red Cross disaster volunteers went to the scene to ensure any immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing were met. Caseworkers will continue to follow up with anyone affected in the coming weeks to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

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 or your local Red Cross office.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. 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, 55 Ululani Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 or make a secure online donation at www.redcross.org/hawaii or call (808) 739-8133.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.