On 14 June, the President approved Hawaii Governor Ige’s request for FEMA’s assistance to individuals affected by the volcano disaster, according to various press reports. The five sub-programs for individuals include: sheltering, counseling, unemployment assistance, case management and legal assistance. Although you can apply online, FEMA officials prefer to deal with individuals personally to be able to answer all their questions.
- The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will begin operations on Friday 15 June from 8:00 in the morning to 8:00 in the evenings at the Keaau High School Gym. To prevent overcrowding, FEMA officials are asking that applicants from the major affected areas of Leilani Estates, Lanipula Gardens and Old Kalapana Highway apply first.
- Participants will be asked specifically to provide their social security numbers, the address of their former residence, the amount of damage, detailed information about their insurance and banking services (for direct deposits), and their current contact information.
FEMA officials are emphasizing that the amounts of their aid will be relatively minor–averaging about $4,000– and will not cover evacuees’ long term needs which will need to be met by personal insurance, charitable organizations, state and local government and their banks. Additionally this program will not cover business and farm damages which are covered by other Federal government programs.