red crossHONOLULU –  Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are continuing to follow-up with residents affected by Friday night’s wind storm to ensure that immediate emergency needs are met and to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with their recovery process.

On Saturday, Red Cross volunteers assessed the damages brought by the wind storm on Hawaii County, Maui County and Oahu.  On Hawaii County, volunteers met with two families whose homes were destroyed in Pahoa and Mountain View and provided them with financial assistance for their immediate emergency needs of food, shelter and clothing.  On Maui County, volunteers identified two homes that appear to have sustained damaged but are currently inaccessible.  On Oahu, volunteers identified two homes for follow-up assistance.

On Friday night, Big Island Red Cross volunteers opened a shelter at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale in Hilo for residents affected by the high winds.  The shelter closed later that evening and there were no evacuees.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.  To send a contribution, mail your check to American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 or make a secure online donation at or call (808) 739-8109.




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