Critical Red Cross Services

The Red Cross is a vital component in response to disasters large and small. Most of its work is done by volunteers. This is a summary of the work done by 47 Red Cross volunteers to help residents of the Marco Polo Condo during the recent fire. Aloha Kakou, It has been five weeks since the tragic fire at the Marco Polo occurred, an event that developed into the largest non-storm response we have had in the last few years. It is with extreme pride that I can say that we have been getting high praise from residents, government/community partners, building representatives and others for the speed of our response and the assistance that we have been able to provide. This is all thanks to the speed with which the 47 volunteers stepped forward at various stages to assist with everything from sheltering to moving materials, from providing casework to washing cots. MAHALO to them all! To date, we have managed to: Establish a rallying point at Ala Wai Community Park for about 200 residents, allowing them a safe place to sit, get some water and wait while the firefighters battled the blaze Provide safe shelter at Iolani School for 112 residents who didn’t have a place to go that night. Assist residents with reconnecting with their loved ones and encourage them to register on the Safe and Well website...

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