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Governor Ige’s request for individual assistance for Hawai‘i County – approved

Posted on Jun 14, 2018 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

Note – Kea‘au High School is in Kea‘au (not Hilo as previously stated).

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HONOLULU – The President of the United States has approved Gov. Ige’s request for individual assistance for Hawai‘i County residents who have lost their homes and property in the Kīlauea volcanic eruption that began on May 3.


The approval, coming the day after the governor’s request, means that qualifying residents may receive assistance from the federal government’s full scope of individual assistance programs to address issues such as shelter needs, unemployment, trauma and legal matters.


On Friday, June 15, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Center will be set up at Kea‘au High School, where county state and federal agencies will initially gather information from residents who have suffered losses.


Residents whose primary homes were destroyed or whose homes are inaccessible due to the lava flow, should register at the FEMA Disaster Relief Center for possible assistance. The agencies will review each case based on the information provided before making decisions on individual assistance.


Gov. Ige has also asked the federal government to re-consider his request for individual assistance for storm and flood victims on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu.


The President granted the governor’s previous requests for emergency declarations and public assistance in the wake of the volcanic eruptions in Hawai‘i County and the storms and flooding on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu.



  • Federal Disaster Declaration Fact Sheet, as amended June 14, 2018
  • FEMA Fact Sheet Disaster Assistance




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