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Governor Sends Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration in Response to Tropical Storm Iselle

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration asking for federal assistance to help pay for damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle, which impacted Hawaii from Aug. 7 to 9, 2014.

The request seeks Individual Assistance for Hawaii County. Individual Assistance would make additional funding, loans and services available to affected residents.

For updates on Iselle recovery efforts, visit the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website at:

Governor Releases $13.9 Million for DOT Highways, Facilities

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $15.5 million for various capital improvement projects for Department of Transportation (DOT) highways and facilities.

“These funds will allow priority repair and maintenance projects to move forward, improve safety along our state highways, and in the process give a boost to our economy through job growth in construction,” Gov. Abercrombie said.

View the allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, and approved by the Governor

Iselle Assessment Teams and Inspectors in Puna & Kau

Additional assessment teams and inspectors will be in the Puna and Kau areas of Hawaii Island starting tomorrow. Affected residents can expect these teams in their neighborhoods, in addition to the Hawaii County, Hawaii National Guard, and American Red Cross teams that have been conducting wellness checks and damage assessments since Friday, Aug. 8.

For more information on what will be carried out can be found in the link.

State Offers Tips On Helping Those Impacted By Iselle

HONOLULU – As emergency managers continue to assist individuals and communities recovering from damage caused by the Tropical Cyclone Iselle, the general public can help most quickly by giving monetary donations to an established relief organization. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (formerly State Civil Defense) offers these tips on how to help: 

DONATE – At this time, cash donations are the best way to immediately help recovery efforts on the Big Island and other areas impacted by Iselle. Donations enable recovery organizations to respond to and help people recover from disasters like Iselle. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses and people that make that help possible.

VOLUNTEER – People are encouraged to connect with a local relief agency for volunteer opportunities and to identify needs of individuals and communities impacted by Iselle. Volunteer groups or individuals can contact these organizations directly for opportunities.

Recommended organizations:

American Red Cross (Hawaii Chapter)
Phone: (808) 734-2101
Volunteer through the American Red Cross website.

Hawaii State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
Hurricane Iselle Long-Term Relief and Recovery Fund
Iselle donations may be dropped off at any American Savings Bank. 

Maui residents can report damage at: Hawaii residents can call (808) 935-0031 to report damage and (808) 961-8790 for any emergency water concerns.

The number for the HELCO help line is (808) 969-6666.

Joint County & State Iselle Recovery Effort Continues

HILO, Hawaii – The County of Hawaii and the State of Hawaii are continuing to work together to assist those recovering from damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle. Joint teams of Hawaii County employees, National Guard soldiers, volunteers, and private contractors have been visiting homes to do wellness checks in the hardest hit areas, providing essential items to residents, and conducting on the ground and aerial damage assessments.

“We would like to give a big mahalo to everyone—county, state, private, and volunteers—working tirelessly to get relief to our families in Puna who have been suffering since Iselle hit last Thursday,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “We will continue to work together to get our community members back on their feet.”

Gov. Neil Abercrombie shared that he will issue a supplemental state proclamation to extend the state of emergency. The supplemental proclamation will continue to provide authorities and protections to support the County of Hawaii in disaster recovery efforts. “The state is looking at all options to support Mayor Kenoi and the Hawaii people affected by Iselle,” said Gov. Abercrombie.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is working with Hawaii County Civil Defense to expedite a request for supplemental federal aid. While the county, with state support, is responsible for on-the-ground emergency response efforts, programs made available through supplemental federal aid include funds to rebuild damaged public infrastructure (e.g., roads and bridges) and federal aid to households and businesses that qualify.

DHS Opens Assistance Offices for SNAP Beneficiaries on Hawaii Island

Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division representatives will be stationed at the below locations Mondays –Fridays between 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, through August 22. These sites will be closed Friday, August 15 for the Admissions Day holiday.

Hawaiian Shores Community Center
Nanawale Estates Community Association
Leilani Estates Community Center Association
Hawaiian Paradise Park – Church of the Nazarene

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Centers to Open on Hawaii Island

Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers (DARCs) are being set up on Hawaii island to provide information and services to people whose property was damaged during Tropical Storm #Iselle.

The DARCs will open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

Thursday, Aug. 14, to Friday, Aug. 15
Pahoa Community Center
15-2910 Puna Rd.

Saturday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 17
Mountain View Gym
18-1345 A Volcano Rd.

State and county agencies along with not-for-profit, non-governmental agencies will be on hand at the DARCs to provide information on available services. Information gathered from visitors to the DARCs will help HI-EMA and Hawaii County evaluate whether the criteria for a federal disaster declaration has been met.

For more information on the DARCs, contact HI-EMA at (808) 733-4300 or

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