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Hawaii Red Cross Encourages Air Quality Safety in Pahoa

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The Hawaii Red Cross is encouraging Hawaii Island residents and visitors near the lava flow in Puna to take precaution due to the increased amounts of smoke exposure and sulfur dioxide emissions. 

If the air quality is poor in your area, the Hawaii Red Cross recommends that residents avoid going outdoors and shelter-in-place preferably closing all windows and utilizing air conditioning until the air quality returns to safe levels.  Those with respiratory illness or conditions should avoid smoke affected areas, especially when taking part in outdoor activities or physical exertion. 

A Red Cross shelter has been open since Sunday evening at the Sure Foundation Church in Keeau (16-1592 Pohaku Circle, Keeau, HI 96749) for residents displaced from their homes or faced with air quality issues due to the lava flow. 

Residents and visitors are advised to listen to Hawaii County Civil Defense updates and advisories due to the unpredictable nature of the lava flow.


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Volunteer.  The Hawaii Red Cross continually recruits, trains and mobilizes volunteers to help those in need.  Over 95% of services are provided by volunteers.  All disaster training, services, and financial assistance to victims is free, through the generosity of our donors, volunteers, and the community.  Interested volunteers can go to for volunteer training opportunities or can call 808-739-8130 for questions.

Donate. Help people affected by disasters like the Kilauea lava flow and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

For more updates, follow the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @HawaiiRedCross. You can also contact the Hawaii Chapter at 808-734-2101 or visit