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FEMA Recovery Adjusters Open Maui Office

Posted March 21, 2011, 01:06 PM HST
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By Sonia Isotov

Adjusters International, a public adjusting organization, with a specialty in FEMA disaster recovery services, is opening a new office in Kahului and the grand opening is April 1, 2011.

“The addition of the Maui office is a direct result of the increasing demand for our services in the Hawaii Islands, as well as American Samoa, Guam, and Micronesia,” explains John Marini, Adjusters International’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, in a statement released today. “With already more than 40 offices nationwide, Adjusters International’s continued expansion highlights our commitment to assisting our clients at a local level.”

Photo Courtesy of Adjusters International.

According to company information, Francis Kau is the new Manager of Pacific Islands Services. Kau is a former United States Army Officer, and has held positions as a senior executive manager in both civilian organizations and governmental agencies. He was a former Task Force member for the National Congress of American Indians and served as the Vice President of the State of Hawaii Native Hawaiian Health Care organization Papa Ola Lokahi. As a lifelong resident of Hawaii, Mr. Kau has been involved in many community organizations and served in various capacities on national, state and local boards and commissions.

“I am excited to have someone of Francis’ experience heading our new Maui location,” said John Marini in a statement earlier this year. “As a Native Hawaiian, he has firsthand knowledge of the perils that strike the islands of the Pacific which gives him additional insight in advocating for our clients’ recovery.”

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In particular, Adjusters International provides disaster recovery services for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program (PA).  The PA program provides assistance to state, tribal and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.

Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private non-profit organizations. The PA Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

According to a company statement, Adjusters International has an in-depth knowledge of insurance adjusting and the FEMA Public Assistance program which is a direct result of their management of claims resulting from the nation’s most serious disasters, such as the Oklahoma City bombing, World Trade Center bombing, 9-11-2001 event, and every major hurricane, earthquake and flood of the past quarter century.

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