In partnership with the Maui Civil Defense, volunteers with the Maui Red Cross opened shelters in Wailuku at Maui War Memorial and at the Lahaina Civic Center in response to the large brush fire in West Maui that closed Honoapiilani Highway on Saturday evening. The shelters closed at 7am on Sunday morning and Red Cross worked in close coordination with Maui Food Bank and Maui Visitor's Bureau to provide shelter and snacks for over 350 people on Saturday evening. Volunteers also remained on standby in the event that shelters needed to be reopened.
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 www.redcross.org, 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, Hawaii State Chapter
4155 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
Make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call: (808) 739-8109.