NEWS RELEASE: Major Disaster Declaration Approved for March Severe Weather Incident

Posted on May 14, 2021 in 2021 March Severe Weather/Flooding, Information and News Releases, News Stories

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Hawai`i Emergency Management Agency

 DAVID Y. IGE

GOVERNOR

MAJOR GENERAL KENNETH S. HARA

DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

LUKE P. MEYERS

ADMINISTRATOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Major Disaster Declaration Approved for March Severe Weather Incident

HONOLULU  — Assistance is on the way for areas affected by the March severe weather, flooding, and landslides incident after President Joseph R. Biden Jr. granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Hawai`i on May 13, 2021.

The declaration, designated under FEMA disaster number 4604, triggered the release of Federal funds to help affected communities in Maui County recover from the incident which occured during the period between March 8-18, 2021.

The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program funds will be released to Maui County to assist in emergency work for the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities.

Additionally, statewide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP) funds will be released to help the state take action to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and prope rty from natural hazards in the future.

“There were many impacts in the state during this incident, this federal support will help provide some relief for the ongoing recovery and mitigation efforts,” Hawai`i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) Administrator Luke Meyers, said.

HI-EMA, along with its county and private nonprofit partners, has worked in coordination with FEMA to receive the Federal Disaster Declaration and will continue to work together throughout the process.

“During any incident a whole community response is needed, the unified efforts of the local, state, and federal partners made it possible to secure this funding and assistance. Recovery from any incident starts and ends at the local level, HI-EMA will continue to work with the counties as the incident recovery continues,” Meyers added.

  • For more information about FEMA disaster number 4604 click here.
  • For more information about FEMAʻs Public Assistance Program click here.
  • For more information about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program click here.

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