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Red Cross Kilauea Lava Response 4-Week Update

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It’s been 4 weeks since the eruptions started in Puna, and residents are still facing uncertainty.

It’s been 4 weeks since the eruptions started in lower Puna, and residents are still facing uncertainty as volcanic activity continues. The Hawaii Red Cross, along with Hawaii County and other community partners, remain on the ground, helping to provide shelter and comfort to those in need.

Three shelters remain open for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kilauea lava threat at the following locations:

Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778)

Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749)

Sure Foundation Church (16-1592 Pohaku Cir, Keaau, HI 96749)

As of midnight, there were 106 residents inside the Pahoa Shelter with an additional 245 choosing to stay outside the shelter in tents and cars. There were 19 residents inside the Keaau Community Center shelter and 30 residents choosing to stay outside. The Red Cross continues to support these two Hawaii County shelters. There were 9 residents inside the Red Cross shelter at Sure Foundation Church. The total number of people staying inside and outside of the shelters as of this morning, was 409.

Since May 3, the Red Cross, along with Hawaii County partners, have distributed thousands of blankets, sheets, pillows, futons, towels, masks, toiletry kits, and other items; as well as over 17,300 snacks. The Red Cross is also working with the Salvation Army to provide meals. Additionally, trained Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers are staffing the shelters and have provided over 6,200 health and mental health services to those in need. To date, a total of 300 Red Cross volunteers have assisted evacuees with their immediate emergency needs.

Big Island Volunteers Needed

Volunteers from the Big Island are needed to staff shelters for residents who have been displaced by the Kilauea lava threat. Training will be provided. Please go to www.redcross.org and complete an online volunteer application. For questions, call (808) 739-8122.

About the Red Cross

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, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816 or make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call (808) 739-8109. For more updates, follow the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @HawaiiRedCross. You can also contact the Hawaii Chapter at 808-734-2101 or visit redcross.org/hawaii.