Update as of September 20, 2023:
The American Red Cross remains on the ground across the Southeast helping people affected by Hurricane Idalia while continuing its large relief response more than 4,500 miles away in Hawaii after the tragic wildfires there.
Thousands of people have been displaced and the Red Cross is providing shelter, food, health and mental health services and relief supplies. In addition, the organization is helping those affected plan their next steps as they begin to recover.The Red Cross is committed to supporting the community through this difficult period, ensuring residents who cannot return home have a safe place to stay, food to eat and emotional support.
Around 2,000 disaster workers have responded to the wildfires and hurricane, either on the ground or virtually. They have helped provide more than 881,000 meals and snacks, more than 189,000 overnight shelter or hotel stays and distributed more than 41,700 relief items.
The Red Cross is supporting a Family Assistance Center at the Hyatt Regency in Kaʻanapali on Maui where people can get food and water, receive emotional and spiritual care, access health services and casework assistance, obtain updates from authorities, and receive support finding loved ones. The Red Cross is coordinating with government partners to assist in locating people. To date, we have received as many as 3,100 welfare information requests and have successfully completed most of those requests
People on the islands want to help and we are grateful for the some 6,000 local residents that have begun their Red Cross volunteer training since the fires began. If you are interested in volunteering, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday
If you or a loved one needs help, reach out through the Disaster Distress Helpline for free 24/7 support by calling 1-800-985-5990.
YOU CAN HELP people affected by disasters like fires and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767), or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.