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Hawaii Red Cross Iselle Response Update

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Red Cross volunteers will continue to distribute meals and snacks on Sunday, August 17.

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 Friday night, there were 30 overnight stays at the shelter.  Since August 7th, there have been approximately 2,433 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.  

Volunteer Red Cross nurses and mental health professionals have helped 883 people with health assessments and crisis counseling. The Red Cross has over 200 workers assisting in response to this disaster and about 94% are volunteers.


At the Red Cross shelters and distribution centers, 3,439 meals and snacks were served and 11,832 relief items were distributed, including tarps, batteries, flashlights, water, ice, comfort kits, clean up kits, bleach, work gloves and trash bags to those in need thanks to corporate and community partners like Foodland, Walmart, Safeway, P&G/Duracell, Home Depot, Target, CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs and Chevron.  

Red Cross volunteers will continue to distribute meals and snacks on Sunday, August 17 to those in need at the following locations and times (as supplies last):

Pahoa Community Center parking lot - 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa (10am-1pm)

Mountain View Gym - 18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96771 (10am-1pm)

Big Island Red Cross Caseworkers are also continuing to visit 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:

Mountain View Gym (18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96771) on Sunday, August 17 from 8am to 8pm \

Stay up to date with the latest information by following “Hawaii Red Cross” on Facebook and Twitter or by going to our website at Contact the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter by calling (808)-734-2101 or visit us at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816.


How You Can Help

Donations to the Hawaii Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts are also being accepted at local Foodland stores and Malama Markets from now until August 30th.   

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, 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.