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Episcopal Relief & Development Responding to Volcano Eruption in Hawaii

Episcopal Relief & Development Press ReleaseJune 13, 2018

 

New York, NY -- Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii and Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo to provide emergency assistance after the Kilauea volcano first erupted on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 3. Lava flows from the volcano wiped out hundreds of homes. Thousands were forced to evacuate, including some members of Church of the Holy Apostles which is located about a half-hour north of the evacuation zone. An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area on Wednesday, June 6 with the force of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake.

Episcopal Relief & Development’s support is providing laundry services for evacuees staying in emergency shelters and nine air purifiers for schools in impacted areas. Air quality in the Puna District has worsened due to sulfur dioxide from the eruption. Local authorities have been distributing masks to shield from the ash, but the masks do not protect against vapors and gases. As a result, air purifiers are needed, especially in schools.

The Rev. Katlin E. McCallister, the priest-in-charge at Holy Apostles has been in regular communication with the Diocese of Hawaii, based in Honolulu on Oahu, as her congregation responds to the needs of its members affected by the volcano and participates in the broader disaster response.

“This disaster continues to unfold and cause more damage,” noted Katie Mears, Senior Director, US Disaster Programs. “We are inspired by everyone rising to the challenge to help those most in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities affected by this crisis.”

Please pray for those impacted by the volcano eruption. Donations to the US Disaster Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development respond to this crisis and other disasters in the US.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has served as a compassionate response to human suffering in the world. The agency works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, it works closely with Anglican Communion and ecumenical partners to help communities create long-term development strategies and rebuild after disasters.


 

 

Episcopal Relief & Development Web StatementMay 25, 2018

Episcopal Relief & Development is working with congregational and diocesan leaders as it responds to the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea since it began erupting this month.  Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated, and lava flows have destroyed dozens of homes in the lower Puna area of the island.

After receiving news of the eruption, Katie Mears, Senior Director, US Disaster Program, was in touch with diocesan leaders and connected Partners in Response and Resilience team member the Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger with the priest at Holy Apostles in Hilo, the closest Episcopal Church to the impacted area. “We will be working with church partners to strengthen their capacity to reach the most vulnerable in the weeks ahead.”

To support Episcopal Relief & Development’s response to the devastating volcano eruption, please pray for those impacted.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has served as a compassionate response to human suffering in the world. The agency works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, it works closely with Anglican Communion and ecumenical partners to help communities create long-term development strategies and rebuild after disasters.

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