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Big Island Volunteers Respond to Hilo Apartment Fire

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Red Cross volunteers went to the scene to ensure immediate needs of anyone affected were met.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a residential apartment complex in Hilo on Tuesday evening.  Red Cross disaster volunteers headed to the scene to meet with affected residents and ensure their immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing were met.  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.  

Big Island volunteers also opened a shelter on Tuesday evening at 9:00pm at the Butler Building in Hilo for residents evacuated from the building.  

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, or a brochure can be requested by calling 734-2101.  

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 of Hawaii

55 Ululani St.

Hilo, HI 96720

Make a secure online donation at or call:  (808) 739-8109.