CORE is working with local communities to provide critical relief to those most impacted by the Maui wildfires.
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Emergency Relief | 2023
What damage have the 2023 Maui wildfires caused?
In August 2023, wildfires in Maui County, Hawaii, quickly spread from intense winds from passing Hurricane Dora, devastating the town of Lahaina and causing widespread displacement within impacted communities.
In the immediate aftermath, over 4,500 were without power and over 2,200 structures have been damaged or destroyed Over 180 casualties have been confirmed, including 115 fatalities, making this one of the worst natural disasters in Hawaii’s history and amongst the top 10 deadliest fires in U.S. history.
Hawaii Governor Josh Green called it the “largest natural disaster we’ve experienced. It’s going to also be a natural disaster that’s going to take an incredible amount of time to recover from.” As the devastation continues to be assessed, local community-based organizations (CBOs) and agencies are addressing the vast, immediate needs, including shelter, financial assistance, and debris removal. Sustainable, long-term recovery efforts will be critical for those most affected by the fires.
How is CORE helping support those impacted by the 2023 Maui wildfires?
CORE is working with our partners and local CBOs, including Maui Rapid Response, to provide critical relief. Our emergency response is focused on distributing cash and voucher assistance to those without access to federal aid to support their own immediate needs. Through our collaboration, we have distributed financial assistance to families in the Lahaina community who have been devastated by the fires.
In addition to emergency relief, CORE is continuing to identify and assess long-term recovery efforts to support those affected by the Maui wildfires, including the thousands of displaced survivors.