PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter has opened a shelter at the Pahoa Community Center 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.
On Tuesday, August 12th, Red Cross volunteers will be distributing meals as well as batteries, water, work gloves, trash bags, and tarps at the following locations and times:
Big Island Damage Assessment Teams are continuing to visit the hardest hit areas to determine what resources and assistance can be provided.
RETURNING HOME AFTER THE STORM
The Red Cross advises that people should return home only when officials say it is safe. Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates and stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding. Follow these tips when returning home, especially if you experienced flooding:
USING GENERATORS SAFELY
Additional tips for safe home generator use can be found at redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage/safe-generator-use.
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.