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Hawaii Red Cross Iselle Relief Update

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The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter remains open to support those impacted by the storm.

The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center remains open to support the individuals and families impacted by the storm. Residents needing to stay in the shelter will be provided with meals and a cot to sleep on and will also be able to take a shower and charge their phones at any time of the day.  

On Tuesday night, there were 21 overnight stays at the shelter.  Since Thursday, there have been approximately 2,231 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.  

In addition to providing a safe and dry place for people to ride out the storm, the Red Cross shelters also had nurses and trained mental health workers on site to help people. These workers made over 91 health contacts and more than 700 emotional support contacts over the past few days.  The Red Cross has 200 workers assisting in response to this disaster and 94% are volunteers.

At the Red Cross shelters and distribution centers, thousands of supplies, meals, and snacks were provided to those in need thanks to corporate and community partners like Walmart, Safeway, P&G/Duracell, Home Depot and Chevron.

Red Cross volunteers will continue to distribute supplies such as water, ice (note: only at Pahoa Community Center location), flashlights, bleach, trash bags, gloves and batteries on Thursday, August 14, to those in need at the following locations and times:

  • Pahoa Community Center parking lot - 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa (10am-6pm)
  • Puna Covenant Church – 16-647 Old Volcano Road, Keaau (10am-1pm)
  • Big Island Red Cross Caseworkers have also started visiting the hardest hit areas to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

    In addition, the Red Cross will be at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the County of Hawaii’s Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers to provide information on available services to those who were affected by Iselle.  The Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers will be at following locations and times:

  • Pahoa Community Center (15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa 96778) on Thursday, August 14 to Friday, August 15 from 8am to 8pm
  • Mountain View Gym (18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96771) on Saturday, August 16 to Sunday, August 17 from 8am to 8pm 
  • How You Can Help:

    Help people affected by disasters like tropical storms 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 redcross.org/donate, 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.