HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Through the Public Assistance 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 (PNP) organizations. This program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.
On February 6, 2008 President Bush signed a Major Disaster Declaration for the severe storms, high surf, flooding and mudslides that affected the State of Hawaii December 4-7, 2007. This declaration makes funding available to state and local government agencies and certain private, non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui counties for eligible recovery projects.
Private Non-Profit organizations or institutions that own or operate facilities that are open to the general public and that provide certain services otherwise performed by a government agency, may be eligible for assistance. Services include:
Colleges and universities; Parochial and other private schools.
Systems of energy, communication, water supply, sewage collection and treatment, or other similar public service facilities.
Fire protection, ambulance, rescue, and similar emergency services.
Hospital, outpatient facility, rehabilitation facility, or facility for long-term care for mental or physical injury or disease.
- Custodial Care
Homes for the elderly and similar facilities that provide institutional care for persons who require close supervision, but do not require day-to-day medical care.
- Other Essential Services of a Governmental Nature
Museums, zoos, community centers, libraries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, rehabilitation facilities, shelter workshops and facilities that provide health and safety services of a governmental nature.
- Health and safety services are essential services that are commonly provided by all local governments and directly affect the health and safety of individuals.
Low-income housing, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, programs for battered spouses, transportation to medical facilities, and food programs are examples of health services.
To apply for assistance, the PNP must file a Request for Public Assistance (RPA), FF-90-49. This one page form may be found at: www.fema.gov/submission-request-public-assistance-applicant. The PNP also must fill out a PNP Facility Questionnaire, FF 90-121. This one page form is used to determine if a PNP facility is eligible for disaster assistance. That form may be found at:
STATE/FEDERAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
Both forms must be submitted to the State Public Assistance Officer no later than March 7, 2008. This is accomplished through the State Civil Defense or the Maui County Mayor's Office.
Hawaii: Eddie Chung-Hoon, (808) 733-4300 ext. 570
Kauai: Eddie Chung-Hoon, (808) 733-4300 ext. 570
Maui: Francis Kau, (808) 270-6287
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.