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Hana Residents Asked
to Report Storm Damage

Posted 04:03 PM HST, March 13, 2012

Hana storm damage. Courtesy photo by Jun Pua.

By Wendy Osher

Residents whose property, home or business sustained damage during severe weather between March 3-11, 2012, are asked to report the damage to State Civil Defense.  This includes damage from the thunderstorm that ravaged roads and roof tops in Hana on March 9, 2012.

The state needs an accurate account of disaster damage to determine whether or not the Hawai’i meets criteria thresholds for supplemental federal disaster assistance.

Damage should be reported to the State’s toll free number: 855-211-7456, extension 654. Residents are asked to call even if they’ve already made a damage report to county officials or a non-governmental organization.

The state notes that different organizations have different disaster damage criteria.

Reporting damage does not guarantee financial aid for repairs, but it does allow state officials to determine if funding is available.

Photo documentation of damages is recommended, including: flood water level, blown roofs, lightning damage.

Telephone calls to the toll free number will be monitored by State Civil Defense staff. If the line is busy or is not picked up, individuals area asked to leave a message including name, phone number, and island, so damage assessors can return calls.

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  • Eastside

    I find it ironic and bitterly amusing that the residents of Hana are being asked to report damage, anywhere else would have state people gather this information for themselves. Are the residents of Hana not important enough to send people to assess the damage themselves? Don’t you think they all have enough to do? On a side note: the article published about how the “wet weather” dampens “vacations” was a waste of time and energy when so many people sustained damage to their homes, prevented or delayed travel to work, and disrupted their lives indefinitely. Oh, poor visitors, the weather didn’t cooperate with your plans to crisp yourselves lobster and lay on the beach. Sorry, no sympathy here.

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