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Hawaiʻiʻs Congressional Delegation Pushes for Hurricane Lane Recovery Funding

October 28, 2018, 9:29 AM HST
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Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump to act swiftly on Gov. David Ige’s request for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for residents harmed by Hurricane Lane. FEMA’s individual assistance programs help affected residents access critical federal funding and resources to recover.

“Over the past five months, all four of Hawai‘i’s counties have been the subject of two emergency declarations and at least one major disaster declaration: Severe flooding, the eruption of Kilauea, and Tropical Storm Olivia. These disasters left homes, businesses, public infrastructure, agricultural lands, visitor attractions, and more either damaged, destroyed, or inaccessible. When Hurricane Lane struck in late September, substantial resources had already been expended and our communities and first responders were exhausted from dealing with prior disasters and ongoing recovery,” the delegation wrote. “We are grateful for your support of Hawai‘i during the severe weather, tropical cyclones, and volcanic eruptions that our state has suffered this year, and hope that you will give full consideration to Governor Ige’s request.”

A PDF copy of the letter can be found online.

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