Schatz: Hawai‘i To Receive More Than $7 Million In New Federal Funding For Maui's Recovery
New Funding Follows More Than $200 Million In Federal Funding Hawai‘i Has Already Received
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new federal grant totaling more than $7.3 million to aid with the ongoing recovery effort from the Maui fires.
“This federal funding will help cover the full costs of initial damage assessments, staffing, and the expenses the state and county have paid for as the recovery process continues to move forward. More funding will be required, and we’re continuing to work to bring Maui everything it needs,” said Senator Schatz.
The funding will help cover 100-percent of the management costs incurred by the state and county governments associated with disaster recovery, including preliminary damage assessments, site inspections, travel expenses, personnel training, and more.
To date, Hawai‘i has received over $200 million in federal funding for the response to the fires, including more than $100 million in direct assistance to survivors from FEMA and the Small Business Administration. Over 1,000 FEMA personnel have been on the ground since the fires to conduct search and recovery operations and help people access federal assistance. Dozens of Environmental Protection Agency personnel are currently undertaking the process of removing toxic waste and debris.