HONOLULU – The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center on the Big Island remains open to support the individuals and families impacted by the storm. Residents needing to stay in the shelter will be provided with meals and a cot to sleep on and will also be able to take a shower and charge their phones at any time of the day. Also, the state elections office is going ahead with the special election for two districts in Puna and Pahoa where more than 6,000 voters were unable to cast ballots due to the storms and aftermath.
On Wednesday night, there were 25 overnight stays at the shelter. Since Thursday, there have been approximately 2,252 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.
In addition to providing a safe and dry place for people to ride out the storm, the Red Cross shelters also had nurses and trained mental health workers on site to help people. These workers made over 138 health contacts and more than 700 emotional support contacts over the past few days. The Red Cross has over 200 volunteers assisting in response to this disaster and about 94 percent are volunteers.
At the Red Cross shelters and distribution centers, thousands of supplies, meals, and snacks were provided to those in need thanks to corporate and community partners like Foodland, Walmart, Safeway, P&G/Duracell, Home Depot, Target, CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs and Chevron. American Savings Bank has also made a generous donation of $25,000 for Hawaii Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Red Cross volunteers will continue to distribute relief supplies on Friday, August 15, to those in need at the following locations and times:
- Pahoa Community Center parking lot – 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa (10am-6pm)
- Puna Covenant Church – 16-647 Old Volcano Road, Keaau (10am-1pm)
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.
In addition, the Red Cross will be at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the County of Hawaii’s Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers to provide information on available services to those who were affected by Iselle. The Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers will be at following locations and times:
- Pahoa Community Center (15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa 96778) on Friday, August 15 from 8am to 8pm
- Mountain View Gym (18-1345 A Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96771) on Saturday, August 16 to Sunday, August 17 from 8am to 8pm
How You Can Help
Help people affected by disasters like tropical storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American 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/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.