News Release

Wildfires in Maui: Church Providing Temporary Shelter, Assistance to Evacuees

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing basic needs and temporary shelter to people who are impacted by the deadly wildfires still burning on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

As part of this emergency response, the Church of Jesus Christ has provided two meetinghouses as temporary shelters. Two other meetinghouses, located in the fire zones in Lahaina, are undamaged. Water and other basic needs are being provided to evacuees in these areas. The Church will continue to respond as needed based on coordination with civil authorities and community relief organizations.

Limited cell towers and phone lines are making it a challenge for Church leaders to contact many congregational members. All missionaries in these areas are safely accounted for, and many are expected to provide assistance with relief efforts. At this time, leaders have received no reports of deaths or serious injuries among Latter-day Saints in the disaster area. However, hundreds of people remain unaccounted for.

Next Efforts

Congregational leaders will distribute much-needed supplies to Latter-day Saints and their neighbors regardless of religious affiliation. Wards, families and individuals are encouraged to participate in local relief projects where practical.

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