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Posted on: July 25, 2020

Mayor Victorino announces County of Maui emergency shelter plans

Mayor Michael Victorino announced the County of Maui will open emergency shelters on Maui Island at 7 p.m. this evening.  Shelters on Lanai and Molokai will open tomorrow at 7 a.m.  Opening times and locations may change depending upon the weather.

Residents are strongly encouraged to shelter IN PLACE because space is limited at the emergency shelters due to physical distancing precautions. 

“I ask everyone to first consider sheltering in place, at home or with friends or relatives, while maintaining physical distancing and good hygiene,” Mayor Victorino said. “Emergency shelters are available for residents who have no shelter in place options.”

Note: Emergency shelters provide space only. Residents seeking shelter must bring anything they need, including food, water, medicine, face masks, hand sanitizer and blankets. Pets will need to be in a hard case kennel.  Please also remember to bring pet food and supplies.  People seeking shelter will be required to wear face masks, and they will undergo a health screening, including temperature checks, before entering the shelter.

Emergency shelter locations tentatively set to open at 7 p.m. this evening are:

Maui High School (pet friendly site)

South Maui Community Park Gymnasium (pet friendly)

King Kekaulike High School (pet friendly site)

Lahaina Intermediate School

Hana High School

Tentatively set to open at 7 a.m. Sunday:

Lanai High School (pet friendly site)

Molokai High School

The American Red Cross will manage the shelters. The state Department of Education and County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation will provide assistance, depending on the site. Other assistance at the sites will be provided by the state Department of Health and Hawaii National Guard.

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