Three Hawaii Red Cross volunteers have deployed to California to help with the Red Cross response to the blazing wildfires. One volunteer from the Big Island will be assisting in Life Safety and Asset Planning, another Big Island volunteer will be assisting in Staffing Services and one Oahu volunteer will be assisting in Health Services.
The American Red Cross is on the ground in California, helping people as massive wildfires continue to burn and prevent thousands of residents from returning home.
The Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food, and relief supplies for evacuees. Health services workers are helping to replace prescription medicines and provide other support. More than 1,200 people accessed help, information, food, water, showers and support at Red Cross and community shelters on Wednesday.
The uncertainty of whether residents will have homes to return to makes this an emotionally draining time for everyone involved. Red Cross mental health volunteers are available to help.
In some areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, the Red Cross will begin distributing food and relief supplies as people begin to return home. In the coming days, the Red Cross will also begin to meet with individuals to help them plan their next steps and connect them with a variety of resources.
As of Thursday, more than 250 Red Cross workers have provided the following help to people impacted by the California wildfires:
• Served 25,000 meals and snacks
• Supported 4,200 overnight stays in shelters
• Provided more than 1,800 health and mental health contacts
This is a complex disaster spread out over multiple communities. It has destroyed nearly 800 homes and is threatening some 13,000 more. Emergencies of this magnitude take a diverse network of organizations and services to make sure people have the help they need. The Red Cross is there– and will continue to be there in the months ahead.
The Red Cross is working with the local communities and residents to provide the right resources and support. This collaboration is critical to ensuring that people have the support they need.
How to Help. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to wildfires and more.