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September 15, 2020

Additional $70.3 Million In Federal Unemployment Dollars Heading To Hawai‘i

The new funding follows nearly $200 million in federal funding announced last month and $53.4 million announced last week.
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August 25, 2020

Gov. Ige Applies for New Unemployment Bonus Program, Seeks to Offer $300 Per Week to Eligible Applicants

Upon approval, Hawaiʻi will offer an additional unemployment compensation benefit of $300 per week to eligible unemployment recipients. To qualify for this benefit, recipients must be eligible for at least $100 in weekly benefit and must certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Payments would be retroactive to Aug. 1, 2020.
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August 16, 2020

Hirono Seeks to Sustain Full Funding for National Guard COVID-19 Response

US Senator Mazie Hirono joined a letter led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and signed by 32 of their colleagues calling for President Trump to restore full federal funding in states where the National Guard has been deployed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week the Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement for National Guard... Read more »
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July 25, 2020

President Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Hawaii

FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Douglas from July 23, 2020 and continuing. US Senator Mazie Hirono said that while the funding unlocks important resources, she continued to encourage Hawaii residents to finish up storm preparations.
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July 24, 2020

Hawaiʻi National Guard Prepares for Douglas

Currently, the HING has over 700 personnel executing specific duties for the counties and state in addressing COVID-19 needs. With the arrival of Douglas, the HING is standing by to respond to two fronts at the same time.
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July 22, 2020

Hirono Calls on Administration to Conduct November Election Safely During Pandemic

US Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led 29 of their colleagues in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor urging them to take immediate action to provide Personal Protective Equipment and sanitizing supplies for election and poll workers—and voters—ahead of the November 2020 election.
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April 21, 2020

$61M Allotted to Rebuild Roads Damaged in 2018 Kīlauea Eruption

A portion of the funds will go to repair Highway 137, Pohoiki Road, Leilani Avenue, Hinalo Street, Lauone Street, Honuaula Street, and Lighthouse Road.
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March 23, 2020

Trump: “We Cannot Let The Cure Be Worse Than the Problem Itself”

FEMA is distributing eight million N95 respirator masks, and 13.3 million surgical masks across the country right now. Focusing on the areas with the greatest need, FEMA has shipped 73 pallets of Personal Protective Equipment to New York City and 36 pallets to the state of Washington.  
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January 27, 2020

County to Update Hazard Mitigation Plan, Seeking Input

The Maui Emergency Management Agency is updating the countyʻs Hazard Mitigation Plan to address threats like wildfires, significant beach erosion and highway rockslides. 
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January 02, 2020

Monthly Siren, Emergency Alert System Test Today

The monthly test of the all-hazard Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System, as well as the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. today.
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October 19, 2019

FEMA to Hold Workshop for Maui Businesses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will host a workshop for businesses interested in contracting to supply needed products and services during federally declared disasters.
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September 22, 2019

Ask the Mayor: Can the County apply for FEMA funding to aid homeowners in building storm shelters?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
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April 23, 2019

Waimea and Hanapēpē Face Mandatory Flood Insurance

FEMA has determined the Waimea and Hanapēpē levees on Kaua‘i do not provide a high level of protection and are to be de-accredited.
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March 14, 2019

County to Offer Free Disaster Preparedness Training

The Maui County Emergency Management Agency is hosting Community Emergency Response Team training classes beginning April 8. Endorsed by FEMA, the CERT program aims to train the public to prepare for any disasters they could face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT teams are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety,... Read more »
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November 26, 2018

Inspector General Report Released on False Missile Alert Incident

The report identified a number of areas of concern for Hawaiʻi’s alert system and alert systems across the country—such as FEMA not requiring that alert software have the ability to preview or cancel alerts.
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