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Red Cross Responds to Weekend Storm Damage

January 5, 2015, 1:28 PM HST
* Updated January 5, 1:32 PM
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The Hawai’i chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting residents on the Big Island following this weekend’s storm, ensuring that those with emergency needs could receive referral, guidance, and any additional assistance needed.

According to the Red Cross, volunteers responded to two families whose homes were destroyed in Pahoa and Mountain View as a result of the storm. The organization of volunteers provided the families with financial assistance to meet their immediate needs for food, shelter, and clothing. Volunteers also assessed damages brought on by the wind in other areas.

Friday evening, an emergency Red Cross shelter was opened at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale for residents who were affected by the high winds. No evacuees were in need of the shelter, so the emergency site was closed later in the evening.

The Red Cross operates as a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters.

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