American Red Cross Disaster Response in Hawaii - August 14, 2023

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August 14, 2023

The Deadliest Wildfires In A Century

The wildfires that have raged across the islands of Hawaii are the deadliest the U.S. has seen in the last century. An estimated 2,200 homes and businesses have been destroyed, and thousands of residents have been displaced. As of Aug 14th, at least 96 people have lost their lives, and many more are in hospitals for their injuries.

The outpouring of support from the American people is inspiring. With your help, more than 250 trained American Red Cross workers are already helping — and more are on their way. Our teams are working alongside partners to open shelters and offer refuge to the thousands who have fled their communities. When it is safe to do so and the hardest-hit areas are accessible, Red Cross teams will help with damage assessment and begin distributing relief supplies there as well.

People on the islands want to help, too, and we are so grateful for the 1,300 local residents who are now training to become Red Cross volunteers.

Our emergency response efforts are only beginning, James. The Red Cross will continue to offer people safety, compassion and much-needed emotional support in shelters across Hawaii. We’re grateful for your generosity that powers our work.

We send our deepest sympathies to the people of Hawaii whose close-knit way of life, rich with traditions and customs, has been forever altered by these tragic and deadly wildfires. As our emergency response efforts continue, we’ll keep you updated as conditions change. We’re so grateful for your support during this time of need.

Thank you so much for standing with us,

Disaster Response Team
American Red Cross

If you are in an affected area, we urge you to listen to local officials. To find a safe place to stay, visit redcross.org, download our free emergency app or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find an open shelter near you.


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