Emergency shelters open for Maui County

Maui County Seal
Maui County Seal

In partnership with Maui County, Hawaii Red Cross volunteers will be opening shelters on Maui, Molokai and Lanai in response to Flossie.

Maui County Civil Defense has released a list of available shelters that will be open at 9 a.m. The first three listed have been designated as *pet-friendly shelters*

  • *War Memorial Gymnasium
  • *Lahaina Civic Center
  • *Kamalii Elementary School
  • Hannibal Tavares (Pukalani) Community Center
  • Kamalii Elementary School
  • Hana High School
  • Lanai High School
  • Molokai High School
  • Kilohana Community Center

People must bring their own evacuation kits (to include non-perishable, ready to eat food) to the shelters as there will be no services provided. Shelters are meant to provide individuals and families a safe place to evacuate if directed to do so by officials or if your home is vulnerable to high winds or flooding. Per Maui County instructions (www.co.maui.hi.us), do not use the shelters if you have other options

The Red Cross encourages everyone to be prepared before disasters strike:  Get a disaster kit, make a plan and be informed.

Get a disaster kit.  Every family should have their own disaster kit.  As other emergency response organizations have reported, families are asked to bring their own disaster supplies kit to a shelter, if asked to evacuate. Have 7 days’ worth of supplies at home to shelter in place or in a compact portable container to take to a shelter. If you live or work within the Tsunami Evacuation Zone, have a 1-3 day Disaster Emergency Kit that you can grab and walk out of the inundation zone. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at http://www.redcross.org/hawaii (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight
  • Radio -NOAA Weather Radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications & Medical items
  • Manual Can opener
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family Contact Information
  • Cash
  • Bedding
  • Change of clothes
  • Towels
  • Dishes

You may also need:

  • Baby supplies – bottles, baby food & diapers
  • Games and activities
  • Comfort items
  • Pet supplies – collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications

All members of the household should work together on the family disaster plan.  A Family Disaster Plan Template is available on redcross.org that people can download and complete to make or update their plan. Planning together is important so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something occurs. The plan should include ways to contact and find one another in an emergency, including two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire – and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home.   Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person.  It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.

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