Dec. 2021 Hawaii Severe Storms, Flooding, And Landslides (DR-4639-HI)

Hawaii Severe Storm and Flooding (DR-4639) on – FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program for State and Local Governments and Private Nonprofit (PNP) Organizations

  • Incident Period: Dec. 5-10, 2021.

    Fema Disaster Declaration for City and County of Honolulu and County of Maui | Click Image to Enlarge

  • Declaration date: Major Disaster Declaration Feb. 15, 2022.
  • More information:
  • Online applicant briefing: There will one online applicant briefing on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 at 9 a.m. HST. | To join the meeting click here.
  • Deadline: The deadline to submit the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) for Hawaii Severe Storm, Flooding, and Landslides (DR-4639) is Thursday, March 17, 2022.
  • Contact/Questions: For the City and County of Honolulu please contact Cara Binger, [email protected] or Peter Kawamura, [email protected] | For the County of Maui please contact Daniel Trexler, [email protected] or Julie Fujimoto, [email protected].
  • Environmental and historical considerations: Click here for a fact sheet about the environmental and historic preservation considerations for the disaster.
  • FEMA Public Notice of intent to provide financial assistance to the State of Hawaii | Initial Notice

The President declared a major disaster for severe storm, flooding, and landslides on the City and County of Honolulu and the County of Maui. Under the disaster declaration, state and local governments and private nonprofits may apply for FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants. Disaster grant assistance is available for communities to quickly respond and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.

Applicant briefing:

Who can Participate in the PA Program? 


APPLICANT An applicant must be one of the following:

·      A state government agency.

·       A local government or special district agency – For example school districts, irrigation districts, fire districts and utility districts.

·      A private nonprofit (PNP) – A PNP must own or operate facilities that are open to the general public and provide certain essential and critical services otherwise performed by a government agency.

FACILITY The facility where emergency protective measures were performed must be:

·       The legal responsibility of an eligible Applicant and not under the specific authority of another Federal agency.

·       Located in either the City and County of Honolulu or the County of Maui.

·       In active use and open to the general public at the time of the disaster.

WORK To be eligible for PA funding, emergency work (Categories A-B) and/or permanent work (Categories C-G) performed were necessary to address the disaster. Emergency Work (Categories A-B) includes work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President. Permanent Work (Categories C-G) includes work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards.
COST Costs must be:

·       Reasonable and necessary to accomplish emergency protective measures.

·       Compliant with Federal, State, and local requirements for procurement.

·       Reduced by all applicable credits, such as insurance proceeds and salvage values.

Cost is reasonable if it is a cost that is both fair and equitable for the type of work being performed. FEMA will evaluate the applicant’s submitted documents to determine if the claimed costs are necessary and reasonable.

FEMA assistance will be provided at a 75 percent federal cost share. This is a cost reimbursement program. Applicants are required to pay for costs up front. The Recipient (State) administers grant reimbursement to eligible Applicants (Sub-recipients).

If you are a Private Nonprofit Organization (PNP) requesting Public Assistance for the first time, please email [email protected] to create a Grants Portal online account. If your Private Nonprofit has applied for Public Assistance previously, please use your existing login and password. Be sure to include the following information in your email:

  • Applicant Name
  • Organization
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN tax #)
  • DUNS Number (
  • Org Type (Private Nonprofit with 501C3 Status)
  • Primary Contact/Alternate Contact (first name, last name, title, phone number, email address)
  • Physical/Mailing Address (please include city, state, and zip code)
  • PNPs will be contacted to explain the other information and documents needed to complete the initial Request for Public Assistance from FEMA.

There are FEMA Grants Portal instructional videos on You Tube. Click on the link to go to the FEMA PA Grants Portal – Grants Manager Channel.

SBA Loans Available to Hawaiʻi businesses and residents

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) authorized low-interest federal disaster loans for businesses and residents on several islands that were affected by severe storms, flooding and landslides as a result of the “Kona low” weather system that struck Hawai‘i Dec. 5-10, 2021.


Loans are available to businesses and residents of the City and County of Honolulu, County of Maui (including Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi), and contiguous County of Kalawao. Loan applications will be accepted through “virtual assistance centers” and are available for download immediately.

Download a disaster loan application here.

More information can be found here.