The most up-to-date fatality numbers and identification information are included in the Maui Police Department’s daily press release, anticipated to be issued by 6 p.m. daily. For that information, please visit: bit.ly/MauiPoliceNews . At the time of this announcement, there are 114 confirmed fatalities with 85% of the disaster area searched. There are no new positive identifications of the deceased to be announced at this time. Names will be released upon notification of next of kin. The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to support with victim identification efforts.
UNSAFE WATER ADVISORY
The Unsafe Water Advisory remains in effect for Lahaina and Upper Kula. Until further notice, residents in these areas should only use bottled water or potable water provided from tankers for things like drinking, brushing teeth, ice-making, and food preparation. For potable water please bring large water containers, at least 5 gallon capacity to:
Lahaina Gateway Center
Kula Fire Station
Kula Community Center
Residents in impacted areas are not able to treat the water in any way to make it safe to consume, with contaminants such as benzene and other volatile organic chemicals entering the water system. Residents are further advised to: limit their use of hot water, reduce shower times while using lukewarm water in a ventilated area, not take baths, use a dishwasher and the air dry setting, wash clothes in cold water, dry laundry outdoors, avoid hot tubs or swimming pools, and use proper ventilation when using water indoors. An updated map of the areas impacted by the Unsafe Water Advisory is available on the Department of Water Supply website, www.mauicounty.gov/water Water sampling will continue Sunday and beyond.
COUNTY DISTRIBUTION AND DONATION SITES
The county-run resource distribution sites at Lahaina Gateway Center (LGC) and Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center (QKC) closed 8/20 to give volunteers rest. Both sites and their operations will reopen on 8/21; LGC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., QKC from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Upon reopening, QKC will accept donations of non-perishable food, bottled water, and hygiene products at the Kane Street entrance. No clothes at this time, please. The 24-hour Napili Plaza resource distribution site will close at 8 p.m. starting Monday, 8/21. It will continue 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 8/22. Sites will be merging in the near future; hours and locations will be announced soon.
ENTRY INTO DISASTER AREAS
Currently, the disaster area is restricted to authorized personnel only. At this time, media and residents are not allowed in the disaster area as significant hazards exist. For those accessing areas outside of the disaster area, the county urges individuals to continue to avoid all burn areas and do not enter any areas where structures were burned until you receive a clearance from authorities.
Dangers include ash that may contain toxic and cancer-causing chemicals including asbestos, arsenic, and lead and debris including broken glass, exposed electrical wires, nails, wood, plastics, and other objects. Unstable buildings and structures may contain hazardous materials and could collapse causing injury. For those who can return to their properties County officials urge all individuals to utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) For more recommendations regarding PPE, including masks and associated hazards, go to bit.ly/WestMauiCaution
Recovery and other emergency response operators have been instructed to report any stray animal sightings to the Maui County Emergency Operations Center. The information will then be provided to Humane Society experts, so they can safely support the reported animal(s). The Maui Humane Society continues to search the perimeters of the affected area.
Remnant moisture from post-tropical cyclone Fernanda is forecasted to approach the state starting late Sunday, with the highest rainfall totals for Maui County expected to occur between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Showers are forecast to be brief and primarily focused over windward and mauka areas. As the storm system approaches, emergency response crews have worked to deploy inlet protection devices at all street-level storm drain catch basins in the Lahaina disaster area, and absorbent booms have been installed by the U.S. Coast Guard at eight storm drain outfalls entering the ocean within the impacted areas of Lahaina town. Even with protective measures in place, runoff from heavy rains could still result in dangerous ocean water quality conditions along shoreline areas between Kāʻanapali and Olowalu Landing. Out of an abundance of caution, beachgoers are advised to remain out of any brown water in those areas.
EMERGENCY SHELTERS (internet available, no media allowed inside)
As of this morning, there are approximately 16 residents in the congregate shelter locations listed below. Each of these shelters has internet.
An additional shelter is located at Kings Cathedral Church, Kahului. The shelter at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center is closed today, 8/20, as no residents are utilizing the shelter at this time.
Approximately 1,800 individuals are reported to be sheltered at six, non-congregate hotel locations around Maui, with the American Red Cross and volunteers assisting with the transition from congregate shelters to hotels. Those locations include:
To qualify for these non-congregate hotel shelters, you must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER ON MAUI
Maui residents affected by the recent wildfires can apply for federal disaster assistance, including hotel shelters, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at a joint Disaster Recovery Center that operates daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, 310 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Pilina Building, Kahului. You can also visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4724, call 800-621-3362, or apply through the FEMA smartphone application.
Late-night access on the road to Lahaina is limited to West Maui residents, first responders, and West Maui employees from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. All motorists may enter from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The Maui Police Department will cite and tow vehicles parked at the Lahaina Bypass, where there are no-parking signs.
Maui Economic Opportunity will offer free rides for medical appointments for people impacted by the fires who are sheltering at the South Maui Community Park Gymnasium. The service, by reservation, operates daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at (808) 877-7651.Daily county shuttle service is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Central Maui shelters to go to Central Maui shopping and medical locations. Riders are required to call Roberts Hawai‘i for same-day reservations at (808) 871-4838. Mobility devices accommodated. Luggage and bags will be limited to what can be carried. For all other transportation needs, riders may use The Maui Bus.
The ferry from Maui island to Lana‘i continues to offer service from Ma‘alaea Harbor to Mānele Bay three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday departing Ma‘alaea at 1 p.m., Mānele at 3 p.m.
In coordination with State and County response efforts on Maui, Hawaiian Electric crews are working to restore critical circuits in West Maui that serve essential services. These include grocery stores and pharmacies, along with a County wastewater pumping facility in the Lahaina area. Once that circuit is restored, coordination between county response teams, individual businesses, and private properties will determine next steps toward respective reopening at these commercial facilities. Installation of a second mobile substation, which will serve the Launiupoko to Olowalu area, is continuing. This mobile substation takes time to install to ensure safe and reliable connection to the island's electric system.
Two Kaiser Permanente First Aid Stations permanently closed on 8/20. The War Memorial Gymnasium station closed at 8 a.m., with the Napili Plaza station closing at 4 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente will continue to provide medical services to the public at three locations in Lahaina. Pharmacy courier services will be available at all three sites, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.
Maui Health clinicians and physicians will continue its pop-up clinics for the west side – but the locations at Lahaina Gateway and Napili Plaza are moving to Hyatt Regency in Ka’anapali starting 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 8/21. First-aid, wound care, health and wellness checks and pharmacy services, including baby formula for all community members in need, regardless of health insurance, are available. For details, visit www.mauihealth.org/wildfire.
Hawaii CARES 988 is a 24/7, free support service for help with crisis, mental health, and substance abuse. If you need mental health-related or addiction crisis support, or are worried about someone else, you can also call or text 988 (TTY 711) or visit the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline’s chat for free, confidential support with a trained crisis counselor.
King Kekaulike High School is scheduled to reopen for staff on 8/21, with the anticipated return of students on 8/23.
FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER (Due to privacy, no media allowed)
For those seeking information regarding loved ones or those who are unaccounted for, the Family Assistance Center is located at the Hyatt Regency’s Monarchy Ballroom, 200 Nohea Kai Drive in Kaʻanapali. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Expanded resources will be offered, with staff working with families and individuals to gather information and administer DNA swabs to assist with identification. For details, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (or 1-800-733-27677). If you live on a neighbor island or the continental U.S., are the immediate family member of a person missing as the result of the Maui wildfires, and you wish to provide a DNA sample to assist, please call the Federal Bureau of Investigation Honolulu Division at (808) 566-4300.
COMMUNITY RESILIENCY HUBS
Mobile waste and hygiene facilities are available for community-led resiliency hubs assisting with recovery efforts. These include: rubbish dumpsters (please no charred fire debris), cardboard recycling bins, portable toilets, handwashing stations, and mobile showers. Leaders of these hubs are asked to contact the Maui County Department of Environmental Management at (808) 270-7880 or email [email protected] with their requests. Supplies of these mobile hygiene and waste facilities are limited. We appreciate the patience of hub leaders as DEM works to allocate the appropriate resources to these hubs based on their needs and capacity.
ONLINE RESOURCE HUB: Donation & Volunteer Information
An online, centralized hub to respond to the impacts of the Maui Wildfire Disaster is available at mauinuistrong.info . The County of Maui’s “Maui Nui Strong” site offers information on how to donate, volunteer, offer services, and locate support. It is administered through the County’s Office of Economic Development, and will be utilized to connect people to resources and services.
When attempting to connect with loved ones in areas of low cell phone or internet connectivity, it is best to text, not call. Maui County updates will now be aired daily at noon on local radio stations.
DMVL SATELLITE OFFICE IN LAHAINA
The County of Maui Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing’s Lahaina Satellite Office will reopen Monday, 8/21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lahaina Gateway Center, 325 Keawe St., to assist West Maui residents whose Hawaiʻi driver’s licenses or Hawaiʻi State Identification cards have been lost or destroyed by wildfires. The daily satellite office opened 8/16. For more information, call (808) 270-7363.
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