Local Red Cross chapter swings into action after Evan
The American Red Cross American Samoa (ARCAS) Unit yesterday launched a relief drive to receive assistance from the community for Cyclone Evan victims in Samoa, where four were killed and more than 4,000 people are now housed in government shelters.
“We in American Samoa have been spared from the wrath of Evan but our brothers and sisters in Upolu, Savai’i, Apolima and Manono were unfortunately devastated by several days of the disastrous impact of the cyclone,” ARCAS chairman,Lolo M. Moliga said in the ARCAS news release.
The local unit is accepting donations of bedding, clothing, shoes, canned/dry food, water and such other essential relief type items.
“Your generous response and contribution to this selfless effort is greatly appreciated,” said Lolo, who is also the governor-elect.
ARCAS says it will seek to collaborate with the local Chamber of Commerce and will be coordinating delivery and receipt of the relief assistance shipment with the Samoa Red Cross in Samoa.
Monetary donations will be also accepted and receipted, according to the statement. Contact number at the Red Cross office is 699-6011
Chamber chairman David Robinson told Samoa News that the business organization is willing to work together with the Red Cross on this very important community effort to help Samoa.
The Chamber itself is holding its own relief drive, which began last Friday and donated items such as clothing, canned food and other supplies are being collected at the Impex office at the Tafuna Industrial Park.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office in Apia confirmed that 13 pallets of bottled water, dry foods, clothing and tents arrived over the weekend from American Samoa onboard the MV Lady Naomi.
This shipment is coordinated by the Governor’s Office and these are supplies collected last Friday into Saturday morning before the Lady Naomi left later Saturday morning for Apia. The governor’s office is coordinating ASG’s collection efforts for Samoa.
The Prime Minister’s Office also says that a container shipment from American Samoa was enroute to Apia onboard the Fotu-o-Samoa vessel. A state of emergency in Samoa has been declared for 30-days.
Samoa News online edition will continue to be updated daily as new information on the cyclone recovery becomes available.
Samoa News reporter Fili Sagapolutele contributed to this report.