More than 360 register for disaster assistance

The latest press release from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and Hawai‘i Civil Defense states that 362 individuals have registered for disaster assistance in Kaua‘i and Honolulu counties since federal and state government set up Disaster Recovery Centers earlier this month.

The three DRCs—one in Lihu‘e and two on O‘ahu—have seen a total of 164 people, the FEMA release states.

When the release was issued, $272,697 in grants had been given to those affected by severe rains on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu from Feb. 20 to April 2.

FEMA says that it has conducted 229 home inspections, the first step for monetary recovery in the form of FEMA grants or U.S. Small Business Administration loans.

Last week federal and state officials hosted Public Assistance briefings on both islands, and representatives from state and local governments attended to learn about the FEMA PA program, which awards grants as reimbursements for projects.

Implementation of emergency protective measures, debris removal and the repair, replacement or permanent restoration of infrastructure all qualify. State and local governments—as well as certain nonprofit organizations that provided emergency relief—are eligible for public assistance money, the release states.

PA grants also provide funds for certain hazard mitigation projects, supporting improved structural measures for damaged facilities, the report states.

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