Hawaii Red Cross shelter in Pahoa closing Monday

Photo: Hawaii Red Cross
Photo: Hawaii Red Cross

The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center will be closing at noon on Monday, Aug. 18.

Red Cross client caseworkers are working with shelter residents, who cannot return to their homes due to the storm, to help with alternative arrangements.

On Saturday night, there were 23 overnight residents at the shelter. Since August 7, there have been 2,463 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.

Volunteer Red Cross nurses and mental health professionals have helped 889 people with health assessments and emotional support. The Red Cross has over 200 workers assisting in response to this disaster and about 94% are volunteers.

At the Red Cross shelters and distribution centers, 3,986 meals and snacks were served and 13,146 relief items were distributed, including tarps, batteries, flashlights, water, ice, comfort kits, clean up kits, bleach, work gloves and trash bags to those in need.

In the days following, the Red Cross will be continuing to distribute relief supplies to targeted areas.

Big Island Red Cross caseworkers are also continuing to visit the hardest hit areas to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

Photo: Hawaii Red Cross
Photo: Hawaii Red Cross

Stay up to date with the latest information by following “Hawaii Red Cross” on Facebook and Twitter or by visiting http://www.redcross.org/hawaii. Contact the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter by calling (808)-734-2101 or visit the main office at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816.

How You Can Help

Donations to the Hawaii Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts are being accepted at local Foodland stores and Malama Markets from now until August 30.

You can also donate by visiting redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to the Hawaii address above, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

In addition, the Red Cross will be at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the County of Hawaii’s Disaster Assistance and Recovery Center at Mountain View Gym (18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI) from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday to provide information on available services to those who were affected by Iselle. Residents affected by Iselle can also file a storm damage report.

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