President Joe Biden on Tuesday approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii and ordered federal assistance for flood recovery efforts in Maui and Honolulu counties.
Federal funding is available to eligible state and local governments and some private nonprofit organizations on a cost-share basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, floods and landslides in both counties from December 5 to 10. according to a White House press release.
The declaration also makes federal funding available for mitigation measures to prevent or mitigate future damage statewide, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
“These intense storms caused significant impacts in Hawaii, but damage was particularly severe in parts of Oahu and Maui,” HI-EMA Administrator Luke Meyers said in a press release on Tuesday. “I am pleased that our work with our county partners and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has made it clear that this assistance is needed.”
Governments and private nonprofit organizations can apply for funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grants program. Eligible projects include debris removal and work on roads and bridges. For more information, visit fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/fema_public-assistance-fact-sheet_10-2019_0.pdf.
The statement also authorizes assistance under the Risk Mitigation Grant Program to reduce or prevent future risk to life and property from hazards throughout Hawaii. For more information, go to fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation.
Last month, the U.S. Small Business Administration also approved a disaster declaration for Kona’s weak storms, making low-interest loans available to individuals and businesses in Maui, Kalawao, and counties. Honolulu.
The deadline for filing a property damage claim is March 29; the deadline to file an economic injury claim is October 28.