Volunteers with the Hawaii Red Cross assisted the residents affected by the home fire in Hilo that took place early Sunday morning. Big Island Red Cross disaster volunteers met with the affected family to ensure that immediate emergency needs were met and provided assistance with food, groceries, local transportation and clothing. 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 redcross.org/hawaii, 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, HI 96720 or make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call (808) 739-8109.