Red Cross shelters house over 200 evacuees from Kilauea eruption


HONOLULU, HI- May 10, 2018: Two American Red Cross shelters remain open for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kilauea lava threat at the following locations:

  • Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778)
  • Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749)

As of midnight, there were over 200 residents at the Pahoa shelter and 24 residents at the Keaau shelter. A team of Oahu Red Cross volunteers deployed to the Big Island on Tuesday to assist with sheltering, operations, and health services. Nearly 60 Red Cross volunteers have been working tirelessly to assist all evacuees with their immediate emergency needs. Red Cross volunteers are also there to help at the Civil Defense Recovery Information and Assistance Center at the Sacred Hearts Church in Pahoa.

Since May 3, the Red Cross, along with Hawaii County partners, have distributed hundreds of blankets, sheets, towels, and toiletry kits as well as thousands of snacks. The Red Cross is also working with the Salvation Army to provide meals. Additionally, trained Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers are at the shelters and have provided medical aid and comfort to over 300 individuals.

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